I hadn’t thought about the support issue. It’s true, hydraulics are going to be generally more hands-off, but more complicated when you do have to get into them.
The funny thing for me is, whenever I have my hands on a set of mechanical disc brakes, I tend to spend a lot of time fiddling around with them, because in top tune, mechanical disc brakes can get close to hydraulics in performance. But Justin is right, once you get used to the feel of hydraulic, it’s hard to go back.
The good news is that with $150 price difference, that pretty much covers the parts cost for upgrade later. The only tricky part is installation. Since the brake lines go through the stem of the Phantom, the brakes have to be filled after they are installed, which means owning a bleed kit.
Of course, I would recommend everyone with hydraulic brakes buys a bleed kit ($22 on Amazon), but learning to bleed brakes is probably not high on your list of things to do, when you’d rather bolt hydraulics on and go ride.