All Mountain Bike Parts Descriptions
- The stoppers.
There are several types of brakes available:
Caliper, Cantiliver, U-brake, V-brake, Coaster, Drum,
and now Disc brake sets. All of these designed to
help you stop (or you can just drag your feet on the
ground). Some brake styles work better than others,
it all depends on what you need them for. All brakes
use some sort of "shoe" (again, back to
the old dragging your feet on the ground technology)
Whether dragging on rims, drums or rotors, they all
use specifically built "shoes"
Brakes that work off the rims to slow
down, use the least amount of force because they are
stopping the wheel from the outer circumference. This
centrifical force of a spinning wheel is easier to
slow down out by the rim.
The Disk and Drum brakes slow down
the wheel from closer to the center of the wheel so
more pressure at the brake lever is needed to do the
same job. Rim brakes may have the advantage of being
lighter, simple to mantain, and brake pads are cheaper,
but the disc brakes have some big advantages too.
They don't wear out the sidewalls of your rims like
Rim brakes do, nor do they get in the way if you have
to ride home on warped or dented wheels. Disc brakes
mostly use a hydraulic fluid system which can provide
enough power to the rotors to overcome the centrifugal
force to stop. They also have a very consistant feel,
which is very important if you ever want to learn
how to do a nose-wheeley.
Bike Parts Diagram