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Those groupsets look SICK. I would love to have one.

The hydraulic rim brakes are looking like a really cool option. Does anybody else actually make something like that?
 

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Does anybody else actually make something like that?
Magura has had hyldraulic rim brakes out for a year or so. Marketed for time trial use, though I think they also have a steer tube-mounted cable-to-hydraulic converter for regular road bikes.

I like what SRAM has been doing. The Red/XX1 equipped Giant looks pretty slick. Will be even more excited when these features start trickling down to Force or Rival, though I'm not expecting that any time soon.
 

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Actually, Magura has been making a hydraulic rim brake for decades. They were the drool worthy brakes to have in the early '90s for the mtb scene before disc brakes came out. The only place you still see that brake now is on trials bicycles.
 

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Actually, Magura has been making a hydraulic rim brake for decades. They were the drool worthy brakes to have in the early '90s for the mtb scene before disc brakes came out. The only place you still see that brake now is on trials bicycles.
I still have a set of Raceline D brakes on my old MTB I built about 1996. It's currently a single speed, using an old XTR derailleur as a chain tensioner. I still think the brakes work great.
 

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Those groupsets look SICK. I would love to have one.

The hydraulic rim brakes are looking like a really cool option. Does anybody else actually make something like that?
Can someone please explain what additional benefit a hydro rim brake brings over cable? I really cannot work it out.
And as others have noted Magura and others have had this option for years but they have pretty much gone the way of the dodo.
 

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and I'm the first to post about it.
In the CX forum, yeah. But we've talking about it in Components/Wrenching for a week now. :wink5:
 

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Can someone please explain what additional benefit a hydro rim brake brings over cable? I really cannot work it out.
Modulation. Less hand pressure needed. They can charge more $$$ for it.
 

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I will grant you option 3.
The rest = hype.
How much less hand pressure than 1 finger breaking do you need?
Mind control??
My braking isn't 1 finger. But I am heavier than most. And some of the descents are fairly long and steep around here. So I think it's more a case of YMMV.

That said, I still don't feel the burning need to run out and buy anything hydro or road disc. It's interesting stuff, but nothing vital (for me).

But we're gonna keep hearing about it, because the industry is going to push it hard, unless or until most riders reject it.
 
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I will grant you option 3.
The rest = hype.
How much less hand pressure than 1 finger braking do you need?
Mind control??
Have you ridden an mtb with decent hydro discs? In my experience it's really nice compared to cable actuated rim brakes and the first 2 are not just hype. Maybe I notice it more because I'm still running traditional rim brakes on my mtb and when I swap out rides with my buddies, the brakes are what I notice most (been doing that a lot lately since I'm finally gonna get a new mtb to replace my 10 year old C-dale Jekyll).
 

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They can charge more $$$ for it.
Is it really that much more than some of the traditional rim brake options from TRP, etc...? I know the mech disc stuff is fairly cheap compared to what SRAM has announced for their hydro stuff, but I don't see the mech disc being a viable comparison, it was mostly a stop gap measure by people who wanted disc on the road/cross bike now and didn't want to wait for the hydro systems to arrive.
 

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Have you ridden an mtb with decent hydro discs? In my experience it's really nice compared to cable actuated rim brakes and the first 2 are not just hype. Maybe I notice it more because I'm still running traditional rim brakes on my mtb and when I swap out rides with my buddies, the brakes are what I notice most (been doing that a lot lately since I'm finally gonna get a new mtb to replace my 10 year old C-dale Jekyll).
Yep, I have.
But we are not talking about discs here, we are talking about why hydro RIM brakes.
 

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Is it really that much more than some of the traditional rim brake options from TRP, etc...?
TRP is a boutique brake manufacturer. SRAM isn't.

But they'd like to charge those kind of prices, sure. Why not?
 

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TRP is a boutique brake manufacturer. SRAM isn't.

But they'd like to charge those kind of prices, sure. Why not?
I was just using TRP as a reference point. For the same price, you get boutique cable operated rim brakes or hydro disc brakes from a Tier 1 supplier. If you're happy with price point rim brakes (105, Rival, or similar), then either option won't appeal to you. If you want to jump on the disc bandwagon for road/CX, then SRAM is the first to offer a hydro option that is similar to what people have paid for boutique cable brakes.
 

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I was just using TRP as a reference point. For the same price, you get boutique cable operated rim brakes or hydro disc brakes from a Tier 1 supplier. If you're happy with price point rim brakes (105, Rival, or similar), then either option won't appeal to you. If you want to jump on the disc bandwagon for road/CX, then SRAM is the first to offer a hydro option that is similar to what people have paid for boutique cable brakes.
I think we see SRAM's strategy similarly.
 

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The most interesting thing is the mix and match option- put a disc fork and wheel up front for the hydro disc front and use a hydro rim rear = easy retro fit for old cool custom frames. On some of the classic epic gravel race/rides I have done out here, brakes have been a major limiter for me- even with a mini-v front I never seem to have enough power or leverage for the 15% long descents- especially on bumpy dirt roads. I am closely watching this group. The one concern is that the brakes are crap like the last crop of avid hydros
 
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