Close up of a rim brake pad

Are rim brakes obsolete

What are rim brakes?

Rim brakes are a type of brakes found on bikes. The name is from the fact that rim brakes all use the rim of the wheel. They are a popular option for breaking because of their price and easy maintenance.

Are rim brakes are obsolete? That’s a good question to have when buying a new bike.

If you look at high-end bike manufacturers, the answer goes towards yes as they sell fewer and fewer bikes with rim brakes. While looking at the total of bikes used daily on earth, the answer will be a hard no, the rim brakes are here to stay.

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