Disc Brake Callipers
Disc brakes calipers have become standard equipment for mountain bikes. They are advantageous, suffer less from mud or water, and allow a very good level of braking without making the whole system any heavier. They consist of a rotor installed on the hub, which rotates in a slot in the caliper, which is fixed to the frame. Inside this caliper are two brake pads which, when the lever is actuated, are brought closer to the rotor, generating heat and friction. The heat must be released quickly, while the friction allows the bike to stop.The pads are actuated by a wire (usually 1.6mm stainless steel), which triggers linkages that bring them closer to the rotor.
Finding the perfect brakes for your mountain or road bike is a very important decision to make when buying or upgrading a bike. While there are a number of different brake options, disk brake callipers are the most popular type of brake found on bikes.
However, it can be hard to know which type of disc brake to get. Here at Bikester, we have numerous different disc brakes available, so take a look at what is on offer.
A Shimano 105 disc brake caliper in black
What are disc brakes?
Rather than using the rim to brake, disc brakes have a circular metal disc that is mounted on the wheel hub. This disc then rotates around through the calliper, which is where the brake pads are. When the brake lever is squeezed, the pads then touch the calliper which slows the bike down. These types of disk brake callipers can be both mechanical, using a wide cable, or hydraulic, where brake fluid in sealed hoses moves the pads and pistons.
Because bikes are always undergoing somewhat rough treatment, the brake discs are often the first component of a bike to be affected. This is especially the case if they are exposed to a lot of mud and water. However, with disc brake callipers, the brake is kept away from much of this so there is improved performance. As such, MTBs almost exclusively use this type of brake.
Rough Road Braking
Shimano disc brake callipers are an excellent option for those looking for brakes suitable for rougher terrain. Most of their brakes come with hydraulic technology and a flat mount behind. They're attached to the rear of the bike and made from aluminium to ensure they are lightweight but also sturdy and durable.
The MT4 Magura disc brake callipers are a great option for both front and back braking. Additionally, this sturdy hydraulic brake can be used on almost any type of bike. They provide superior braking power, and all of this is in a small, sturdy and compact design.
The MT5 from Magura has a full four pistons in effect in this brake disc. This enables the bike to have full gravity-braking power. This is great when heading on downhill runs or for biking enduro races. Better still, this type of brake is reliable and strong, and can even be used for e-bikes.
Extras to think about
Depending on the disc brake you get, you will need to make sure it is maintained. Some essential disc brake accessories include having mineral oil to check the levels if you have opted for hydraulic brakes. You will need some type of lubricant to make sure the brakes are always working smoothly no matter what. It can be worth having spare pads too, in case they get worn down. However, usually, if there is a brake issue, a full replacement is often the better course of action.
Take a look at our selection of brakes on our site today and find the best option for your bike and riding style.