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    Share your modulation technique...

    Hi guys

    I was wondering how other folks used thier brakes to control speed but not stop.

    Do you pull hard fast quick pulses?

    Do you regulate preasure over a longer time?

    Something else?

    Thanks!!

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    For me, it's all about feel, control, and gradual input.

    I start to brake with even pressure (slight) on both and increase according to my needs. The rear tire will eventually lock up its wheel, so I'll back off a bit on it and apply more front brake. This is something that occurs very quickly.

    Assuming a constant terrain composition, you should quickly get a feel at the start for the traction you can expect to encounter. Those first braking instances will let you get a feel for the braking force required and the traction available, and you "set" that as the default for the run. Changes in terrain, mud, and braking bumps will change this, but you'll have a good point of reference.

    Don't repeatedly apply/release your brakes. That's going to make your bike unstable, more likely to lock up, and will give you terrible braking distances with poor control. The only reason I can think of for pumping the brakes is if you've had brake fade and are trying to fix it, but you should probably do that while stopped.

    Good luck!

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    Brake hard as late as possible. Anything else is just slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRPABT1 View Post
    Brake hard as late as possible. Anything else is just slow.
    Do you try to avoid skidding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scycllerist View Post
    Do you try to avoid skidding?
    Yes, skidding is also slow.

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    It depends entirely on the surface. If it's coarse rock that's perpendicular to your wheel, you might be able to slam 'em hard. If it's light gravel over a hard, steep, off-camber surface, you'd better be gentle unless you want to end up on your arse.

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    I squeeze the lever until my bike reaches the desired velocity.

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    You don't want to pulse the brakes. You can and should vary the lever pressure based on traction availability and desired speed.

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