Do hydraulic breaks slow the bike down faster than cable breaks?

some bikes have cable breaks and some hydraulic. which slows the bike down faster?


They can perform equally, in terms of stopping distance. Stopping distance is usually limited by front tire traction. However, hydraulic brakes offer better feel, less effort, and less maintenance. The better feel of the hydraulic system will allow an experienced rider to brake closer to the limits of traction. I haven't owned a bike with cable-operated brakes for years, but when I did, the prospect of a brake cable snapping under pressure was a constant concern.


It will depend solely on the rider, if brakes are adjusted and functioning properly. The problem with cable brakes is the cables need adjusting more with pad wear. This means you grab more lever when applying the brake. You will with Hydraulic but physically it is less noticeable. Most people cannot judge brake pad wear with hydraulic brakes by feel. Cables you can physically feel the brake pads wear by how much you grab after time compared to when they are new. Speed is not a factor if properly adjusted. With to much slack in cable hydraulic will definitely be faster. That is the biggest advantage to hydraulic brakes. You never need to adjust.


A brake doesn't care how the pressure is applied, whether by hydraulics, cable or a metal rod. When disc brakes on consumer automobiles first came out (Studebaker 1963), the main selling point was that there was less chance of fade and best of all, no adjustment was necessary like on drum brakes. As long as you had a vacuum assist on the disc brakes, every thing was fine but without the assist, women especially had a hard time pressing the pedal hard enough to create equal stopping power compared to drum brakes.

Hydraulic brakes became popular in the 1930's because of the power amplification they afforded and since they were drum brakes, excessive pedal pressure wasn't a problem. Even better was that while cables could rust inside the outer sheath and fail to function, that wasn't a problem with hydraulics.

Cables can stretch slightly, giving a vauge feeling when applying the brakes. Hydraulic fluid doesn't compress and overcomes that problem, however the rubber coated flexible brake hoses will balloon out as they age, giving you a very vauge feeling.

Not all disc brakes are hydraulic. The old Honda CB125 and CB200 both used a cable operated front disc brake.


POWER... MORE FORCE.... what a load of *******

hydraulic / cable... slows the bike faster...

Once the wheel is almost locked.. that is the maximum braking the vehical can achieve..

so if you can stop the wheel with a cable... then stoping the wheel with hydralics will not achieve a better result... stopped is stopped.. you cant be more stopped.. LMFAO

SO.. more hydraulic pressure can be achieved more easily than if you use cable... this means you can use harder braking/friction material.. so the brakes last longer, are less affected by heat, & probably less likely to fade....

this is great if your using the brakes a lot & often eg. racing.. & everyone wants the racing brakes on there bike... so the manufacturer puts them on for you....

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Hydraulics exert more power than a cable system, therefore vast majority of motorcycles use hydraulic actuated front brakes. Also the majority use hydraulics for the rear brakes.

Note all these are disc brakes.

Hope you are aware your use of the word break is in the wrong context.


hydraulic brakes apply more power than cables which is why they are used in cars


Hydraulic brakes can exert more breaking pressure as they can take your input [the lever movement] and magnify that pressure.

So in most circumstances they can brake faster than cable.