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  • All in all, disc brakes are advantageous on bicycles which have front suspension and are ridden in mud and snow. Disc brakes are less suitable for bicycles where light weight is most important and the rim can do double duty as a brake disc. A large rear disk brake can serve well as a downhill on a tandem or cargo bike.

    Disk brakes require more hardware and higher overall hydraulic pressure to apply. But they cool better, have better overall stopping power and are less susceptible to warping or brake fade with temperature. So they are better suited for the front axle.

  • All in all, disc brakes are advantageous on bicycles which have front suspension and are ridden in mud and snow. Disc brakes are less suitable for bicycles where light weight is most important and the rim can do double duty as a brake disc. A large rear disk brake can serve well as a downhill on a tandem or cargo bike.

    Drum brakes have less hardware since everything is included near the hub and there's no caliper bracketry. Drum brakes also let you have a bit smaller master cylinder (at the pedal) because they don't take as much initial pressure to apply as disk brakes. However, they're less capable of stopping overall and they are more susceptible to warping and brake fade due to high temperatures than disk brakes. They're worse at cooling, and more likely to need cleaning and adjustment for optimal operation than disk brakes because a lot of the dust from brake shoes stays inside the drum. Also, the hand brake which is applied on the rear axle is easier to add to a drum brake than to the inside of the hub of a disk brake.

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