Mechanical vs Hydraulic Disc Brakes for Electric Bike

By Sunnie | 07 March 2022 | 0 Comments
There are usually a lot of elements that one considers before purchasing their first e-bike. One of them is the type of brakes on the bike. Everyone knows that brakes make a big difference on a bike. Currently, the more common brake systems are mechanical disc brakes and hydraulic disc brakes. The braking system you choose will determine the speed of the bicycle when decelerating and stopping. When buying an electric bike, you want to make sure it has brakes that you can trust. So it is very necessary to have an understanding of the types of bicycle brakes.

Mechanical Disc Brake
Mechanical disc brakes are also known as cable brakes. The system setup is relatively simple with these components: cables, brake levers, and mechanical discs. This open-design brake system is easier to maintain.

1. The mechanical disc brake is a component of the disc brake, which is very easy to lock the wheel of the electric bicycle and has a larger braking range.
2. Can adapt to different work scenarios. Don't worry, even when riding in sandy or muddy terrain, mechanical disc brakes can work in dry or wet conditions
3. Cheaper: Mechanical disc brakes are generally cheaper compared to hydraulic disc brakes
4. Easy to maintain: Mechanical disc brakes are easier to set up and maintain mechanically, which means that if a mechanical disc brake breaks, you can repair it immediately

1. When you pull the brake lever, needs more squeeze power by hand to enable the brake
2. More maintenance required
3. Brake cable gets stretched
4. Heavier than an e-bike with hydraulic disc brakes 

Hydraulic Disc Brakes

1. More likely to last longer: Disc brakes are an incredible amount of stopping power, usually far more than necessary to stop an electric bike.
2. More brake stopping power: The friction generated by the brake fluid of this disc brake is very small, and the energy loss in the system is much smaller, creating more braking power

1. Very complex to do maintenance on
2. Expensive
3. If there's an oil leak it's harder to fix

These braking systems have their own unique advantages and disadvantages, suitable for use in different situations. So, it's up to the cyclist to choose. Of course, in addition to considering their performance, you may also need to factor in budget, riding conditions, maintenance, and other factors.                               

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