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  1. #1
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    Trek Marlin Shimano M596 Disc Size

    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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    Locking the rear wheel to get around a switchback is poor skills. Learn to "Ride It, Don't Slide It". Your trails, trail builders, and other riders will appreciate your learning proper skills instead of tearing up the trails with braking bumps.
    "The physician heals, Nature makes well" - real fortune cookie

    CCCMB trail work for trail access - SLO, CA

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    I agree, this is a new bike and I'm testing things out. It was an example to clarify whats going on.

    My complaint isn't "Oh man i can't slide corners!?!?". My complaint is that the current brakes don't provide enough control.

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    the M596 brakes are a night and day difference from the Tektro novelas that came on the bike. The really change the feel of the bike!

    I think 160 mm is going to be fine. I shortened the lines and switch them to left front / right rear (came moto style). Definitely a steal at $60/brake

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