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    Re: No rear brake

    Before you try this, have you ever tried actually going a whole ride without using your rear brake? You'll notice you have to plan your breaking way ahead, and basically ride a whole lot slower and more conservatively, defeating the purpose of having a light bike to begin with. And that's not even bringing in the obvious safety issue: your stopping distance will be dramatically greater in an emergency stop - hiker, oncoming biker around bend, etc.

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    Between you and this guy, we're in for some exciting cycling:
    Is it safe to use only the rear disc brake for trail riding ?

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    No rear brake

    Are you riding on or off road?

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    No rear brake

    Who am I kidding....it doesn't matter. Both would be crazy unless you're sporting a fixie rear setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Medlock View Post
    Lol, actually I've never been on a MTB with a rear brake.
    Whoa! Subscribed.... You've NEVER ridden with a rear brake? You riding a Tri-cycle? Please post pics of this setup, I am interested.
    "We can always find excuses if we want to find them, but if we really want to do something, we have to just go."

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    No rear brake

    Quote Originally Posted by sodak View Post
    Whoa! Subscribed.... You've NEVER ridden with a rear brake? You riding a Tri-cycle? Please post pics of this setup, I am interested.
    I looked; he's brand new to MTB. I think he said January.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Medlock View Post
    Yes, January. I've left the tabs on the frame and wave the centerlock rotor so its always an option. I just haven't needed one thus far and was amazed no one else uses this setup ESPECIALLY since there seems to be a no front brake cult following...
    tell me about this "no front brake cult" - I must have missed it
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    You can also ride without a helmet to save weight.

    With the exception that riding without a backup for your brake is even dumber than riding bare-headed: a helmet will never prevent an accident, just protect your head in case you get into one. A brake could very well prevent the crash to begin with.

    Brakes fail. Riding without a fail-safe (another brake) should mean you're riding more carefully (like with brakeless fixies), but if you ride a one-brake bike as fast as one with two brakes, you have a hole in your head.

    (Closed tracks are a different thing, like BMX and velodrome. My strong position for two means of stopping applies to traffic and open trails.)

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    No rear brake

    I think riding without a rear brake is flawed logic. The whole point is to have a lighter bike? No offense but you're on a boat anchor of a bike. The logical way to lighten a bike is to upgrade to lighter parts or lighten yourself. The flip side is ride it how it is and actually get faster/better by riding instead of worrying about bike weight.

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    No rear brake

    That's in the dirt jump bike section. Think of that as a big bmx bike. My DJ bike has no front brake but I'm also not barreling down trails at double digit speeds with trees everywhere; I'm in a controlled area.

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    No rear brake

    You must not go very fast.

    I'd like to see a spec sheet on this revel. We sell revels and they're boat anchors of a bike

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    The short answer will be no, no one around here is going to have only a front brake with no rear, as we all kind of like being able to keep living. Dirt jump MTB's are the only bike that deliberately run one brake, but as mentioned, they are in controlled environment (most of the time).
    If you are riding on trails (or roads for that matter) and you have something unexpected happen, you are going to find it very very difficult to stop safely without causing yourself injury.
    As has been mentioned above, you have a very flawed idea of how to save weight on your bike.
    Put the rear brake back on your bike!
    I don't crash, I just have slightly uncontrolled dismounts!

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    Re: No rear brake

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Medlock View Post
    When I built my new MTB, I didn't get a rear brake, grinded of the rear rim brake mount/cable holders, and had the rear wheel built with a centerlock hub so I could also shave the weight of the 6 bolt flange as well as the centerlock lockring. Before I decided to do this I did TONS of research on pros and cons and didn't really find ANY info on the popularity of this light weight one brake setup. Obviously it's not an ideal setup for 99% of you, but is there seriously nobody else who favors this setup, or do my googling skills need work?
    IMO Nobody has been rude, and 99% are simply trying to grasp the concept of acceptable risk.

    By sharing your love of extreme sports, and wingsuit flying, it's become clear that your definition is a step beyond what most of us mere mtbr's would consider rational, let alone wise..

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