RIDGEBACK Velocity Mens Ex-Display Hybrid Bike 21" £199.99 @ Ukbikesdepot
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RIDGEBACK Velocity Mens Ex-Display Hybrid Bike 21" £199.99 @ Ukbikesdepot

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Found 22nd Jun 2015
looks like a decent spec for the price

last year I bought a bike on a similiar deal from the same company
i.e. see
hotukdeals.com/tag/dea…698
for the same £200 price & this bike has a better spec

been very happy with my own purchase

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I suppose, but why can't these bikes be fitted with disc brakes?

jasee

I suppose, but why can't these bikes be fitted with disc brakes?



The frame/forks must support disc brakes.

rev6

The frame/forks must support disc brakes.


So why don't they? Is there something wrong with having disc brakes on a quality bike?
Edited by: "jasee" 22nd Jun 2015

jasee

So why don't they? Is there something wrong with having disc brakes on a … So why don't they? Is there something wrong with having disc brakes on a quality bike?



Cost and a bike like this really doesn't need disc brakes.

Banned

jasee

I suppose, but why can't these bikes be fitted with disc brakes?



You'll be demanding airbags and cruise control next......

Disc brakes add un-necessary weight. Supposedly better stopping power than rim brakes. Not worth the upgrade in my experience.

rev6

The frame/forks must support disc brakes.



Looking at the manufacturer webpage it doesn't look like the frame or forks have disc brake mounting tabs, nor do the hubs. So fitting disc brakes wouldn't be feasible.

Not that it's really a deal breaker on a bike like this one.

johnnystorm

Looking at the manufacturer webpage it doesn't look like the frame or … Looking at the manufacturer webpage it doesn't look like the frame or forks have disc brake mounting tabs, nor do the hubs. So fitting disc brakes wouldn't be feasible.Not that it's really a deal breaker on a bike like this one.


Isn't it? I'm not a professional rider or anything like, but to me disc brakes have such obvious advantages, I wouldn't consider a bike without. (and especially, as it doesn't even have mounting tabs) Just as I wouldn't consider a steel framed bike.

rev6

Cost and a bike like this really doesn't need disc brakes.

riker71

Disc brakes add un-necessary weight. Supposedly better stopping power … Disc brakes add un-necessary weight. Supposedly better stopping power than rim brakes. Not worth the upgrade in my experience.


Lol. Weight junkies like you always crack me up. The weight added by disk brakes is minimal. Hardly much of a problem. Disk brakes offer far superior braking performance in the wet and also allow more modulation so you can control the braking power more.
There is a reason why the UCI will soon be lifting their ban on disk brakes and why the professional peloton will be using them within the next few year

I hate 6061 steel.

Banned

MAdam98

I hate 6061 steel.


Of all the things in the world to hate...

WillieGallimore

Of all the things in the world to hate...


It's aluminium anyway!

I have a rather old version of this bike, which I bought second hand off ebay and it has front disc brakes. Some people might not like them but for my commuting and occasional other leisure use they're so much better in the wet. So, the original question is even more valid ie why not do disc brakes when earlier versions had them?

Disc brakes are better than rim brakes due to the cheap machine built wheels which never run true for long and will cause brake rub after a while.
The real problem with these types of hybrids is the cheap pressed steel front rings and rear cogs which will wear out with any long term use.

davidmatthewbrown7

Disc brakes are better than rim brakes due to the cheap machine built … Disc brakes are better than rim brakes due to the cheap machine built wheels which never run true for long and will cause brake rub after a while.The real problem with these types of hybrids is the cheap pressed steel front rings and rear cogs which will wear out with any long term use.



I don't think anyone denies that disc brakes are better, though they are overkill on a bike like this. Decent brake pads and rims are fine in the wet unless you do really steep descents and you are more limited with the grip from the tyre anyway. Agree about the chainrings, though they should last a fair while if you keep the chain in good condition and they are only about £15 for a replacement set anyway.

jasee

Isn't it? I'm not a professional rider or anything like, but to me disc … Isn't it? I'm not a professional rider or anything like, but to me disc brakes have such obvious advantages, I wouldn't consider a bike without. (and especially, as it doesn't even have mounting tabs) Just as I wouldn't consider a steel framed bike.



At this end of the market discs are no better on v-brakes. Discs are great but not an area for the budget conscious. Cheap ones are no better than rim brakes, weigh more, cost more, more difficult to fine tune etc.

You can get good cable pull brakes though.

jasee

Isn't it? I'm not a professional rider or anything like, but to me disc … Isn't it? I'm not a professional rider or anything like, but to me disc brakes have such obvious advantages, I wouldn't consider a bike without. (and especially, as it doesn't even have mounting tabs) Just as I wouldn't consider a steel framed bike.



Unfortunately cheap disc brakes are usually worse than rim brakes. Secondly, a steel framed bike is not bad, IF it is made well. Steel is less stiff than aluminium so is far more comfortable to ride. A lot of money is spent on marketing so you think you need this and that on a bike. When really if you find a bike you enjoy riding that's all that matters.

jasee

Isn't it? I'm not a professional rider or anything like, but to me disc … Isn't it? I'm not a professional rider or anything like, but to me disc brakes have such obvious advantages, I wouldn't consider a bike without. (and especially, as it doesn't even have mounting tabs) Just as I wouldn't consider a steel framed bike.



At this end of the market discs are no better on v-brakes. Discs are great but not an area for the budget conscious. Cheap ones are no better than rim brakes, weigh more, cost more, more difficult to fine tune etc.

You can get good cable pull brakes though.

MAdam98

Lol. Weight junkies like you always crack me up. The weight added by disk … Lol. Weight junkies like you always crack me up. The weight added by disk brakes is minimal. Hardly much of a problem. Disk brakes offer far superior braking performance in the wet and also allow more modulation so you can control the braking power more.There is a reason why the UCI will soon be lifting their ban on disk brakes and why the professional peloton will be using them within the next few year



The only reason UCI are changing is due to pressure from the manufacturers marketing teams. I am a great fan of discs (2 of my 3 bikes are disc, and my next road bike will be disc). There is no real need for change.

Cheap discs will be porky, spongy, and pointless, when v-brakes will out do them.

MAdam98

Lol. Weight junkies like you always crack me up. The weight added by disk … Lol. Weight junkies like you always crack me up. The weight added by disk brakes is minimal. Hardly much of a problem. Disk brakes offer far superior braking performance in the wet and also allow more modulation so you can control the braking power more.There is a reason why the UCI will soon be lifting their ban on disk brakes and why the professional peloton will be using them within the next few year



The UCI reason against disk was the amount of wheels the neutral car would have to carry, as currently needs to support a number of rims and gear combinations, add that a number of disks.

I have both for general use rim breaks are fine; for off road in mud and water - disks - however disks are a bit harder to look after and pads can be expensive it is possible to get through a set on one ride and at £10+...

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SFconvert

I don't think anyone denies that disc brakes are better, though they are … I don't think anyone denies that disc brakes are better, though they are overkill on a bike like this. Decent brake pads and rims are fine in the wet unless you do really steep descents and you are more limited with the grip from the tyre anyway. Agree about the chainrings, though they should last a fair while if you keep the chain in good condition and they are only about £15 for a replacement set anyway.


As the crank/front rings are one you aren't just changing the rings.
But really for the money and the occasional commute/ride this bike is good.
Then move on to a better spec bike if and when required.
Anything to get people out on cycles instead of traffic cause cars is a good thing

The rim brakes on my hybrid, could throw me over the handlebars if i wanted..... thats plenty enough braking power for me.
I guess if i were offroad downhill mountain biking, in wet and muddy cond, i may want discs..... but this Ridgeback aint ever gonna be used for that.

Original Poster

sold out now so they didnt have many of them - deal needs expiring

Keep checking the site as they often have good deals in.

MAdam98

Lol. Weight junkies like you always crack me up. The weight added by disk … Lol. Weight junkies like you always crack me up. The weight added by disk brakes is minimal. Hardly much of a problem. Disk brakes offer far superior braking performance in the wet and also allow more modulation so you can control the braking power more.There is a reason why the UCI will soon be lifting their ban on disk brakes and why the professional peloton will be using them within the next few year



I never mentioned about weight what are you talking about?

I bought my son's bike from this company last month and would highly recommend them, very helpful and got a fab bike at a great price

jasee

Isn't it? I'm not a professional rider or anything like, but to me disc … Isn't it? I'm not a professional rider or anything like, but to me disc brakes have such obvious advantages, I wouldn't consider a bike without. (and especially, as it doesn't even have mounting tabs) Just as I wouldn't consider a steel framed bike.



Plenty of replies by others that explain my thoughts on discs on cheap bikes. I'd also suggest you're wrong with a blanket decision to ignore steel frames. No one frame material is "best". You can make a cheap bad frame from Steel, Alloy and Carbon. Manufacturers that know what they're doing can make an excellent frame from any of those materials. You need to try a good steel frame to see what the fuss is about. A well made frame in butted 4130/Reynolds tubing etc is infinitely preferable to a boggo alloy lump fired out of a far-east copy shop.

CardboardCutout

Unfortunately cheap disc brakes are usually worse than rim brakes. … Unfortunately cheap disc brakes are usually worse than rim brakes. Secondly, a steel framed bike is not bad, IF it is made well. Steel is less stiff than aluminium so is far more comfortable to ride. A lot of money is spent on marketing so you think you need this and that on a bike. When really if you find a bike you enjoy riding that's all that matters.



Bit of generalisation here but bear with me....Strictly speaking steel as a material is stiffer than aluminium. It is however stronger so less of it/smaller tubing can be used for a given frame strength. Alloy frames often have to be made stiff as it can't survive as many flex cycles as steel/titanium before failing.

why compromise the quality of the other components for decent a disc setup if decent v breaks do a good job ? I.d be more worried about that cheap and nasty 2 bolt adjustable stem flexing a rider out of control.oO
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