What are the Different Types of Disc Brakes?

The disc brake systems are widely used in mid-range two-wheelers and are usually placed on their front wheels, and it works in combination with hydraulic/ vacuum brake actuating systems. The Disc brake system got its name from the circular plate that carries the rest of the parts of the system; it is also known as the rotor. Usually, a two-wheeler disc brake system consists of the following parts.

  • A Steel Disc
  • A calliper made from hydraulic pistons along with
  • A pair of brake pads, on either side and lastly
  • A Bleed screw

When it comes to driving safety, nothing is more critical than the quality of the tires and brakes of a bike. In this post, we provide you with a guide to the different types of disc brake systems that come with bikes and also discuss what you should do when you do not have enough money to buy a motorcycle.

There are three basic types of disc brake systems.

  • Cross Drilled Disc Brake System
  • Cross Slotted Disc Brake System, and lastly
  • Wave/ Petal Disc Brake System

Cross Drilled Disc Brake System:

Cross Drilled Disc Brake Systems are one of the most common types of disc brake systems used in India. The first time the Cross Drilled Disc Brake System was used in 1960 in racing cars. It has holes cross-drilled on the disk that helps in getting rid of the heat and gas produced by the system while braking and reducing brake fade. There have been some noted cases where the rotor disc has cracked; this could have happened because the holes have weakened the disc surface.

Additional Read: ABS Vs. CBS - What is the Difference Between ABS and CBS

Cross Slotted Disc Brake System:

In the Cross-slotted Disc Brake System, shallow channels( slots) are cut onto the surface of the disc; these can be cut at varying widths and also at different angles. These Disc Brake Systems are mostly seen on cruiser bikes like Royal Enfield bikes and Harley Davidson bikes. Cross Slotted Disc Brake Systems are more durable and more effective at dispersing heat built up in the system than Cross Drilled Disc Brake Systems.

Wave Disc Brake Systems:

In the wave disc Disc Brake Systems, also known as petal Disc Brake Systems the external periphery of the rotor is cut in a wavy manner to provide extra surface area for the brake pads to hold on to the disc during rotation. This wavy design also helps prevent overheating of the rotor. This disc brake system is also lightweight, which helps in higher acceleration rates.

Now that you know all about the different types of disc brakes let's talk about Bike Loans.

Bajaj Finance Bike Loan:

Do you lack the adequate funds to afford the motorcycle of your dreams? The answer to your problems is rather simple; you can apply for a two-wheeler loan. A two-wheeler loan will provide you with adequate funds so that you can buy your dream motorcycle and will also be providing you with monthly low-interest EMIs.

Additional Read: How to Finance a Bike in India

Bike Loan Calculator:

You can use the Bajaj Finance Bike Loan Calculator to calculate the amount you will have to pay for the monthly installments (EMIs) to pay off the motorcycle loan.

How to use a Bike Loan Calculator?

Using a Bike Loan Calculator is very easy. The first step would be to open an online Bike Loan Calculator, and then you have to enter the principal amount, the rate of interest, and the loan's tenor. And lastly, you are supposed to click on the "Calculate EMI" button to calculate your EMIs.


In this post, we have discussed the different types of disc brake systems that are available in the market for two-wheelers. We hope that this post helped you make a better decision.

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