I recently bought a new 2012 trek marlin for $500 . For $500 the only part that i can really complain about are the brakes. I've probably ridden 30-40 miles so far, and I've adjusted them twice. This is my first disc brake experience, and i can't stand the feel compared to rim brakes. They work fine and all, but it seems like hard braking takes way more force then soft. For example i have trouble getting the back wheel to lock when i want it to on switch back.
I assume this is due to the increase in normal force needed, friction, blah blah blah and the cables are stretching more then V brakes.
Anywho, I've got Shimano Deore M596 hydraulic brakes on the way. I'm wondering whether or not i need to increase rotor diameter (and get something on order) or if the M596s will take care of it. I only weight 165 lbs.
Once this is sorted out i just need to convince the wife that the suntour upgrade program is worthwhile.
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