Black Mountain October 13, 2012Mark Chandler Gear & Tech, Images & Video Gear, Photo, Tech Post navigation Friday PhotoFirst Impressions: eleven81 Padded Grip Bar Tape 2 thoughts on “Black Mountain” I am looking at the monstercross in same color. I am also looking at Salsa Vaya. I’ve been riding more gravel. Wondering what your thoughts on the disc brakes vs canti’s. thanks, For wet weather/conditions, it’s hard to beat disc brakes. I’ve ridden discs when it was raining so hard that I could barely see, and the brakes worked great. For honest-to-goodness mountain biking, I prefer discs over rim brakes. On dirt or gravel with moderately-skinny tires (i.e., 40mm or narrower), mini-v’s work great. In my experience, even the cheapest mini-v’s stop better than the most expensive cantilevers (pads/etc being equal). The Paul MiniMoto brakes are outstanding, and I recommend them highly. For conventional, paved-road riding, dual-pivot sidepulls work best for me. Comments are closed.