quote:Originally posted by kenessex
I still contend that a properly set up drum is not as crappy as you think. Have you ever actually ridden a 350/360 with a properly set up ( adjusted, bedded, lubed) front drum? I agree that most drums and single piston disc brakes are crappy.
Yes I have. Many times. And T500 drums, and BMW drums, and triumph drums.
When it comes down it I would rather have a dual disc than a drum for 2 reasons:
1) much easier to service. If both have been standing for 15 years obviously the drum is easier to get back to functional, but in terms of service on a system that is in regular weekend use - the disc setup doesn't require me to remove the wheel to change pads, the fluid is easy to change out with a length of hose and a 10mm wrench (instead of a drum brake tool), and the parts are much easier to get.
2) easier to improve. For me to make the drum better I need to know someone who can reline drums, I need to have a basic understanding of how levers work, understand how spring rates work, understand how to tune in brake drag. for me to mod disc brakes, there is all of that, plus little projects that don't require as much knowledge like braided lines and disc drilling. Each has its own science, but something about discs feels easier to understand since, well drums are a dying art.