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    Another Disc Brake Question

    I know i know i know theres a FAQ sticky but i didnt see my a answer there. I havent rode a bike in 10 years or so and even back then there wasnt disc brakes that i knew about. So here we are now in 2011 and im riding again, i saw somewhere where when your stopping/slwoing down your supposed to apply even pressure on both front and back brakes???? Im trying to see if thats true or not because even back when i was a teen i NEVER used my front brakes just always used my back brakes, just wanna see if thats the correct way to break my disc brakes in and correct way to slow down/stop. I have no problem using both brakes its just a bad habit i guess from my teens from only using back breaks.

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    In general front is where the power is and rear is for control. Riding on the street whatever brake you use is not a big deal, on the mountain however, you'll need your front brake. There's no need to fear the power just respect it.

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    I was the same way a few years back. I always thought if you use the front brake you are going over the bars. Then I got a motorcycle and learned all the stopping power comes from the front brakes and using too much back brake is very dangerous if you lock up the back wheel. Now I know that if I apply steady pressure to both front and back brakes(not "grabbing") I have no problems and can stop much faster and much more controlled. As for your question about your disk brakes... I don't know how to break them in because I have never had them before. Soon I will though

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    For newbies to hydraulic disc brakes, I tell everyone use even pressure on both brakes. I also tell them that eventually, they'll want 80-90% from the front brake.
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    Really? I use 70 front 30 back.

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    Even pressure is fine as a starting point. Eventually, you'll probably end up squeezing the front brake harder. It really doesn't matter as far the brakes themselves are concerned. Sometimes I'll use just the front brake. The brakes and rotors don't care which brake you squeeze harder.

    Do try and get comfortable on the front brake. Practice with it. If you ever really need to stop in order to avoid a crash with a tree, or with another rider, the front brake is the one that will save you.

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