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What Brakes To Choose ?

Mechanical brakes or hydraulic brakes ?

To actuate the brakes, it is necessary to press two levers located under the handlebar grips. According to the bicycle, the levers may have a function :

  • mechanical : operate a cable,
  • hydraulic : push a fluid through pipes up to the brakes.

Comparison of different types of brakes : well choose

Here is a synthetic table of the advantages and disadvantages of different types of brakes :


Types of brake



Brake jaws

  • Reliable, lightweight, easy to handle;
  • Cheap.
  • Easy disassembly.
  • Rapid wear, regular maintenance is necessary.
  • Get dirty easily.
  • Emit a significant noise.

Disc brakes

  • Reliable.
  • Resist water and mud.
  • Heavier and more expensive.
  • Compatibility with the brake, the wheel, the spokes and hub.
  • Luggage rack incompatible.

Drum brakes

  • Effectiveness correct.
  • Resist water and mud.
  • Maintenance more rare.
  • To be less reliable.
  • Heavy.
  • Complicated maintenance.

Coaster brakes

  • Effectiveness correct.
  • Protected from the rain and the mud.
  • Risk of slipping.
  • Double-imposed system.
  • Maintenance and repairs long