barefoot wrote:Duck! wrote:CKinnard wrote:... wondering how finicky and expensive they are to maintain.
They're not. Cable discs need periodic manual adjustment to compensate for pad wear, either by an allen key or integrated dial depending on model to wind in the inboard stationary pad in, and the barrel adjuster to tweak the "active" pad.
Kind of like how you need to adjust rim brakes slightly as they wear.
Just not as often. And easier.
You might need to tweak them a few times when new, as they bed in (and/or new cables stretch and/or new cable outers compress), then you really don't need to touch them... like... for ever.
And there's no risk of ham-fistedly misaligning a pad and putting it into the tyre sidewall either. Not that anyone has ever done that with rim brakes
I wouldn't bother with hydraulics. They're newer to market, they're still having teething problems, they're expensive, and I'm not convinced of the benefits. I've been a big fan of cable discs for ages, and I'd still be running them on my MTB except that I got a new bike, and all new MTBs come with hydros... which aren't all that much better (although they're Avid hydros, which are notorious for being rubbish, but that's another matter).
Having owned a MTB with Avid BB7 disc brakes they were a pain to adjust and get right plus regular squealing. Rim brakes a far easier to adjust. There is no comparison.