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Brakes, which are you using the most ?

weeksy59weeksy59 Posts: 2,606
edited March 2009 in MTB general
Was discussing this with a mate, we both come from Motorbike backgrounds which is 75% front brake, 25% rear brake.

He says he uses about the same percentages on the MTB.


Personally i use 80%+ REAR brake and <20% front brake when out.

What do you use more ?

Why ?

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  • GraydawgGraydawg Posts: 673
    Depends on what I'm doing I guess. Front brake is used for controlling the front funnily enough...

    I probably sway towards using the rear brake more tbh - Dunno why - controlled slow descents I still use the front brake ... its probably for me a 60/40 split.....
    It's been a while...
  • ceecee Posts: 4,553
    not sure....i think i pull both brakes at the saem time, but feather each one differenly....don't mind yanking on the back a bit more, but the front is done pretty carefully.

    To stop in a hurry, I use the motocross ratio.
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  • GraydawgGraydawg Posts: 673
    cee wrote:
    To stop in a hurry, I use the motocross ratio.

    Yeah valid point - The front one will stop you a lot quicker than the rear brake....!

    Also depends on the terrain type - Softly packed loose ground and you're safer applying more rear brake IMHO - unless you want to drop the front end! :lol:
    It's been a while...
  • MastineoMastineo Posts: 182
    100% front. Paralysed left hand means I cant use the rear brake, and I probably come off more than most :oops:
  • weeksy59weeksy59 Posts: 2,606
    Mastineo wrote:
    100% front. Paralysed left hand means I cant use the rear brake, and I probably come off more than most :oops:


    Could you not get a Thumb brake sort of set-up ?
  • P-JayP-Jay Posts: 1,478
    I'd guess 60/40 front rear, but that changes based on the angle of descent, I should use more front, but a locked rear is no biggey, a locked front is much harder to catch.

    If I'm on the flat though I just wait to the last split second, throw my body weight downward and grab a handfull of each, staggeringly effective, if nothing else for getting a chansing mate to crash into the back of you, ha ha.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    front for braking, rear for steering.
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  • papasmurf.papasmurf. Posts: 2,382
    front for stopping, rear for skidding
  • stumpyjonstumpyjon Posts: 4,069
    All rear brake until I started reading threads like this. Now I try and use the front brake more (also have more front wheel wobble moments now, but may also be riding faster now though).
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  • NorthwindNorthwind Posts: 14,675
    edited March 2009
    I use the rear a lot for, well, comfort braking really. Front (with a bit of rear) for slowing and stopping, rear for keeping the speed under control on descents, but that's mainly because I'm a big coward :roll: I don't really rear-steer because I don't like tearing trails up.
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  • benneallybenneally Posts: 973
    Im about 70/30 in favour of the front brake. It just gives you so much more control. The rear brake is for 'censored me i need to stop now'.
  • pete highampete higham Posts: 134
    im 75/25 front/rear as been said before front to brake rear to steer, i do come from a moto x background tho :D
  • M1llh0useM1llh0use Posts: 863
    mainly front but rear as well for the "OH SH!T" moments!


    (but i do have a 200mm front/180mm rear rotor)
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  • gsxriangsxrian Posts: 97
    80/20 rear front...use the rear for steering!
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  • tompugtompug Posts: 227
    Both for straight line stopping, the rear most for control.
  • obviously depends on the trail...
    rear for steer
    front to stop.


    However i've never slammed on, because I'd fly over the bars...brakes are uber powerful!!
  • docker0141docker0141 Posts: 605
    i don't have very much rear pad left so for me it's about 50/50 but the front works better
  • jsussexjsussex Posts: 118
    Mastineo wrote:
    100% front. Paralysed left hand means I cant use the rear brake, and I probably come off more than most :oops:

    I'm thinking you could probably get both break on one side with a bit a thought/tweaking?
    maybe...
  • pilsburypiepilsburypie Posts: 891
    Mastineo wrote:
    100% front. Paralysed left hand means I cant use the rear brake, and I probably come off more than most :oops:
    You don't ride up Cannock do you? There was a bloke there a few weeks ago with his arm in a sling/brace thing. I was about to make a wise crack about him coming off but just noticed he had 2 brake levers on one side and nothing on the other. Realised his condition was a bit more permanent and my daft joke would be inappropriate! So he seems to ride effectively and uses both brakes...... 50:50 I'd guess
  • xtreemxtreem Posts: 2,965
    Both at the same time, without locking the rear of front. So around 70/30.

    But if you mean using the max power from the brakes without locking them then 50:50.
    But you don't decelerate with the rear as much as the front.

    Btw, I lock the rear only on emergency. And on some corners.
  • andyturner28andyturner28 Posts: 1,225
    Mastineo wrote:
    100% front. Paralysed left hand means I cant use the rear brake, and I probably come off more than most :oops:
    You don't ride up Cannock do you? There was a bloke there a few weeks ago with his arm in a sling/brace thing. I was about to make a wise crack about him coming off but just noticed he had 2 brake levers on one side and nothing on the other. Realised his condition was a bit more permanent and my daft joke would be inappropriate! So he seems to ride effectively and uses both brakes...... 50:50 I'd guess
    He was riding Cannock one handed :shock:
  • MastineoMastineo Posts: 182
    Never been to Cannock unfortunately. Did wonder about converting a quad/jetski throttle to operate a rear brake, but never got any further than wondering.
    My flat bar roadie :oops: has got both gear shifters on the right hand side and that works brilliantly. Its not so straight forward on the MTB due to the rise and sweep of the handlebars. Suppose if I was that bothered I'd fit flat ones.
  • passoutpassout Posts: 4,425
    Mainly the front but the back gets used a bit more on tricky/ fast descents.
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  • VegmanVegman Posts: 35
    Its quite easy to flip over the levers to one side of the bars if you run hydraulics, I have a stuffed right hand and arm (birth defect) but with a bit of jiggling both the XT and Juicy fives on my bikes work great, you can position the levers adequately enough to get indipendant use of both brakes using various finger combinations, I get on with top lever for rear and bottom for front, means that in an emergency the rear gets grabed first, rather a rear wheel skid than a face plant. :P
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  • lesz42lesz42 Posts: 690
    sadly

    %80 rear

    %20 front, mostly when i need to stop, well.......very well!
    Giant Trance X0 (08) Reverb, Hope Hoops 5.1D, XT brakes, RQ BC, Works Components headset 1.5
  • wordnumbwordnumb Posts: 847
    48% front, 48% back, 3% foot and 1% jump.
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