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  1. #1
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    Aug 2008

    Which Disc Brakes are Better in muddy & wet conditions??

    I ride with a set of Avid Juicy 3's, and 7's on my two bikes. In wet conditions the discs tend to rub the pads and drag horribly. A riding buddy had a set of LX disc hydros that were only slightly better.

    The main problem seems to be when I ride through puddles or water filled culverts the water splashes up onto the caliper and disc with sand. My brakes grind while I'm riding for several minutes or longer.


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    Apr 2006
    The pads aren't dragging on the rotor, it's the dirt that has stuck to the pads. Riding a short way with the brakes gently applied should obliterate an foreign objects.

    Worst case scenario is that a larger piece of grit gets caught between the pad(s) and the caliper, in which case you'll need to stop and remove it before it causes you a real problem.

    Some brakes will be 'worse' than others due to the space left between the pads when the pistons are relaxed. Hopes have a very small gap between the pads and rotor, so it's a pretty common sound. I would imagine that Shimano Servo-wave brakes will suffer the least as the design allow the pads to sit much further away from the rotor in the relaxed position.

    Beyond a slightly unpleasant sound, it's not actually a performance problem.

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