When To Use The Front Brake On A Mountain Bike?

For a lot of bikers, it takes time to learn how to use the brakes on the bike properly. It does take time to learn the capability of your brakes and to know how much pressure to apply. Unfortunately, to get your braking experience just right takes time with a bit of try and error approach. So, when to use the front brake on a mountain bike?

Ideally, you should use both brakes for a proper braking experience where you should apply the rear brakes first, and then the front brakes. If you need to stop quickly you should use the front brakes. With using the front brakes there is a risk of flipping so you need to know the capability of your front brake as this will help you know when and how much pressure to apply.

In this post, we will go through when to use the front brake on a mountain bike. Let’s get started!

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When To Use Front Brake On Mountain Bike?

The front brakes are the most power on a bike which provide about 70% better stopping power compared to the rear brakes. Simply this is cause there is more weight on the front of the bike therefore there is more traction on the front tire.

The risk with using the front brakes is flipping. There are two ways to avoid this as follows.

  • Before braking, you can shift your weight backward over the saddle. Reducing the weight on the front wheel and having a firm supporting grip on the bars. This way, you can use the front brake to a much higher force and reduce the risk of being flipped.
  • Control the power of the brake by not suddenly pulling the brake lever fully. This pulls the brake lever nice and slow.

The rear brakes should be used to slow down slightly. The rear brakes may skid causing less traction. While the front brakes should be used if you want to stop. The front brake will slow you down quickly and safely when used properly.

You need to learn the capability of your front brake which will help you know when and how much pressure to apply.

Which Brake Do You Apply First When Cycling?

Typically the rear brakes are used to slow you down while the front brakes are for stopping. For proper braking technique, you should apply the rear brakes first, and then the front brakes. This makes the braking more controlled.

Should You Use Both Brakes An A Mountain Bike?

For maximum stopping power, you should use both brakes. The front brakes are the most powerful but just using the front brakes can lead to problems so you need to use the rear brake along with the front brakes for a more balanced braking experience.

You need to learn the capability of your front brake which will help you know when and how much pressure to apply.

Is It Safe To Ride A Bike With No Brakes?

No, it is not safe to cycle a bike that has no brakes. Not only is it very dangerous but there are many countries and states around the world that have laws that make it illegal.

Can You Ride A Bike With Just A Front Brake?

You can but having rear brakes helps to get a more controlled braking experience. Also, the rear brakes are useful in reducing the bike’s speed and taking corners. And then what happens if your front brakes fail, you will have no backup brakes.

Why Do MTB Brakes Squeal?

Squeaking brakes happen when the brakes have become worn or contaminated with something like oil which can cause the pads to lose grip that causing vibrations leading to squealing.

There are a number of steps that can help to fix the problem. These are as follows.

  • You need to clean the brake pads or if they are worn you will need to replace them.
  • You need to clean your discs. If scratched, repolish them, replace them, and replace the brake pads.

Wrapping Up

Finally, you should use both for proper braking experience where you should apply the rear brakes first, and then the front brakes. If you need to stop quickly you should use the front brakes. With using the front brakes there is a risk of flipping so you need to know the capability of your front brake as this will help you know when and how much pressure to apply.

And that’s it for now! I’d love it if this post on when to use the front brake on a mountain bike was helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.

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