V-Brakes or Cantilever Brakes are great for training and building your skills, but they are somewhat unpredictable with regards to stopping power (see pics below).
I bought my Klein Pinnacle in 1987 and it has Cantilever Brakes. This is what I mean by "What a Difference a Brake makes"
Disc Brakes are as Good as Gold
My new bike with 8" discs.
It’s a Specialized Enduro
A Little Brake Education
Disc vs. Cantilever
Are worth their
weight in gold
Are great, but they are affected by mud and muck – this is especially true in the Pacific NorthWet
(no that’s not a typo)
"Races are won in the corners"~ Russ Darnell
One of the things I did when I was younger was get to attend the Russ Darnell Motocross School. It was held over two days at the now long gone Saddleback Motorcycle Park in Orange County, California. (btw – this pic is of Russ back in the day)
We learned a lot at this class and one of the most important things he said was that races are won in the corners.
The corollary is that “Races are won in the straights” --- Which is also true. The faster you get through the corners the sooner you can accelerate down the straights.
Kudos and Props
Thanks to the Specialized SBCU team - @JohnFriedrich @TanTLam and the @iamspecialized crew - for taking me on a ride on Super Bowl Sunday (this is a post I wrote that day in the Demo Forest).
For letting me ride an Enduro and a Stumpjumper and compare the two. I thought I’d go for a Stumpy, but after riding them again … I chose the Enduro.
I’m REALLY enjoying riding my new Specialized Enduro. It’s smooth, fast and I gotta say I LOVE those 8 inch disc brakes.
Also, thanks to my Local Bike Shop (My LBS) – Pacific Bike and Ski. They keep me on the trails and keep me smiling.
See Praise Your LBS for my post(s) about my LBS.
Below are a few more of my thoughts on Mtn. Biking – Enjoy!
When you are ready --- come on out and ride with me.