Brakes with a disc near the hub and calipers that grip that disc.

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Can I tell if the brake pads are contaminated?

My rear brake never locks the rear wheel even with full pull on the lever, especially going down hill or fast. I can even paddle a bit with the brake depressed. This is a recent issue and sometime in ...
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Do mechanical disc brakes suffer from heat-induced fade?

The other day I read a question about heat induced brake fade in hydraulic disc brakes caused by too much braking on long, steep descents, which is something I have also experienced when cycling in ...
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Shimano Hydraulic disc brakes- Lever compatibility

I am looking for practical advice on compatibility between various Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, especially the lever assembly. Currently I have two separate sets, one M446 Left lever, attached to a ...