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What Are the Popular Types of Bike Brakes on the Market?

The brake is an indispensable device for bicycles and a guarantee for the safety of riding. Its performance directly affects our riding safety factor. The types of bicycle brakes are as diverse as the types of bicycles. What are the types of bike brakes that are currently on the market?


The types of bike brakes can be divided into disc brakes, V brakes, drum brakes, caliper brakes, cantilever brakes and so on. The most common ones are V brakes and disc brakes. At present, disc brakes are popular in mountain bikes.


V-brake: V-brake is generally installed on low-end mountain bikes. It has a simple structure, low price, and simple maintenance. But when riding, the V brake is easily affected by road conditions. For example, when riding around the island, riding a V-brake car into the beach, it is easy to be covered with sand, causing the brakes to be insensitive and skidding.


Disc brakes: Disc brakes can be divided into hydraulic disc brakes and cable disc brakes. Hydraulic disc brakes mainly compress oil through the tubing piston to push the brake pads to rub against the disc to achieve the braking effect. In theory, it is better than V-brake, and the space for the brakes to lock the rim is larger, but sudden braking or unfavorable operation will still lock and cause a crash. In general, the use of disc brakes are mid-to-high-end mountain bikes and some variants of road bikes. The hydraulic disc brakes have smooth handling and are also the favorite of high-end mountain bikes. Cable-pull disc brakes use the brake cable to drive the brake pads in the caliper to generate friction with the disc, thereby generating brakes. Of course, the brake power will be lost due to factors such as long cables and dry brake cables.


Drum brakes: Drum brakes are generally used for the rear brakes of commuter city cars, and most of the rear brakes of children's bicycles are also drum brakes.


Caliper brake: Like drum brakes, it is also used for commuter city cars, such as a pliers clamped to the rim to brake. It looks like a C and is also called a C brake.


Cantilever brake: It is somewhat similar to the V brake, but the difference between it and the V brake is that the two sides of the brake arm are not directly connected to the brake cable, but are connected by an independent steel wire, and then connected to the brake cable hook.

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