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How do I increase braking power and “touchiness” of Sram Guide RS Brakes?

I've got some Sram Guide RS disk brakes and they're very weak and not touchy at all. I prefer touchy brakes. I know the Guide RSC has the tool free contact adjustment to make them touchier. I have ...
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Hydraulic disc brakes - total friction as a function of rotor size

I have a hydraulic disc road bike with a 160mm rotor on the front and a 140mm on the rear. The setup is exactly the same front to rear, except for rotor size. I'd like to know the disparity between ...
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Does brake modulation matter, for efficiency, beyond having enough to avoid locking the wheels?

Edit: To Clarify this is regarding going as fast as possible, i.e. racing, off-road. I can't see why "modulation" matters so long as you have enough to apply near maximum braking force without ...
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Troubleshooting Hydraulic Disc Brakes

I replaced the fluid in my hydraulic disc brakes as they would not work within the first 10 minutes of cycling and would gradually sharpen up. I suspect they had air in the system. They were sharp ...
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How often do you need to bleed your Avid Elixir 1

I have a Trek bike with Avid Elixer 1 hydraulic brake. Not sure if it's a manufacture defect but I have returned to the shop 3 times since I bought the bike this April, for them to rebleed. The ...
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Brake bleeding without bleeding block

Is it ok to bleed my brake without a bleeding block and without removing the wheel? What is the effect on the lever? Will this result in a less firm lever?
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I accidentally pulled a Shimano Deore brake lever with the rotor and pads off [duplicate]

As the title says, I didn't realize pulling the brake will get it stuck in a closed position when wheel and pads are removed. Now the reason I'm asking this previously asked question is none of the ...
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Hydraulic Vs. Mechanical disc brakes

What is the difference between hydraulic and mechanical disc brakes? Are hydraulics more reliable? Or more powerful? I'm curious since, hydraulics seem to get more attention and seem to be on ...
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Hydraulic Brake lever becoming stiffer

What are the factor(s) that would make the brake lever of a hydraulic brake become stiffer over time? By stiffer, I mean that the lever becomes more difficult to pull, it offers more resistance and I ...
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Disc brake clicking noise

I just took my rear tire off of my mountain bike that has hydraulic disc brakes (elixer5). When I put the wheel back on and started peddling it made a clicking sound. At first I thought it was the ...
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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 ...
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The piston on my Avid Elixir 5 brakes popped out. Does the caliper need to be rebuilt?

One of the pistons popped out of the caliper on my Avid Elixir 5 brakes. Can I just put the piston back in and bleed the brakes and then they will be good as new, or do I have to rebuild the whole ...
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How can I reset hydraulic brake pistons without removing the wheel?

I have Shimano M785 hydraulic disc brakes. It is easy to remove the pads and put them back in again even with the disc in place. However, resetting the brake pistons is tricky. I currently use a ...
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What causes “softness” in hydraulic disc brake systems?

I have a simple Shimano hydraulic disc brake system (don't know the model). Over time, the feel of brakes is getting soft, I have tried to adjust by tightening the screw (on the joining of brake ...
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What can my Shimano BR-M445 caliper be replaced with?

I have a Shimano BR-M445 disc brake caliper that has decided to give up on life, so I need a replacement. It seems like the BR-M445 is no longer produced, so are there other calipers that can replace ...
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Are my disc brake pads 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 pedal a bit with the brake depressed. This is a recent issue and sometime in ...
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How do I prevent the Hydraulic Disc Brakes on my bike from rubbing?

I recently bought a new Polygon Strada 5.0 mountain bike with Shimano BR-M355 hydraulic disc brakes and have had issues with the brakes rubbing. I fixed the rub but now it is happening again. The ...
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Is there a reason for brakes to be reversed in bikes with Hydraulic Brakes?

I recently bought a MTB with Hydraulic Disk Brakes, and am finding really hard to adjust with the braking system. From the very beginning I was cycling with Front brakes on right hand. But now its ...
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Screaming sounds on my front wheel [duplicate]

Recently I bought a mountain bike with hydraulic disk brakes. But when I ride it the front wheel makes screaming sounds, possibly from the disk brake. I contacted my local dealer and they helped me ...
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Tips for adjusting Shimano M355 hydraulic brakes

I have upgraded from cheap old front cable disks brakes and rear v-brakes to Shimano hydraulic M355's front and rear. I always adjusted my old brakes for a very tight fit (to reduce dead space between ...
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Can an imperfect hub make a disc rotor rub?

I had a 160mm disc rotor on a road bike that was rubbing a bit in one spot, not severely, but enough for me to notice. I've tried to true it a few times over the past couple months with little ...
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How do self-adjusting hydraulic disc brakes work?

I have Avid Elixir brakes on my mountain bike. They are the only part of the bike that's a total black box to me. I understand the principle behind disc brakes, and I understand the principle behind ...
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How do I get my hydraulic disc brakes working well again

I just bought a new bike (my first brand new one ever) a few months ago and a while ago I decided to give it a wash and after that my front hydraulic brake hasn't been working as strong as it used ...
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Hydraulic disk brake stops working when hot; back to normal after cooling - is this expected?

I have experienced a strange failure of my brake. I was descending a steep smooth road, using only my front brake (my rear brake was broken; it was an unplanned bail from a route). I tried keeping ...
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Rotors bent very slightly but no rubbing. Is driving safe?

I just bought Rockrider 520 with Tektro Auriga Comp hydraulic disk brakes on it. I didn't ride it yet. Both brake rotors have a very slight bent and no rubbing. Just nearing both pads every round and ...
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Shimano RT66 Rotors on Tektro Auriga

I'm thinking of changing my original Tektro Polygon rotors to Shimano RT66 rotors. Both use 6 bolts and 160mm size. Is this will be fine with my Tektro Auriga brakes? And will changing the rotors ...
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What can cause disc brakes not to react after keeping/moving the bike upright, then recover?

Recently, I experienced a strange situation with the Tektro hydro disc brakes on my hybrid bike (would the model be helpful here?): I carried it upstairs at a friend's place, and later moved it ...
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What are the securing rings on the disc brake pads pin called?

I've misplaced mine, and noticed the other caliper doesn't have the other one. How important are these? I mean, do pads fail or come loose at times, without these safety feature present? Is it ...
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Pistons are aligned only without pads in

I've reset the pistons (after taking the pads out) of my XT hydraulic brakes, and made sure they do extract evenly when operating the lever. After putting the pads and the wheel back in (and adjusting ...
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Is it harmful for a hydraulic brakes bike to be put upside down

I heard somewhere that bikes with hydraulic brakes should not be put upside down. If they are, 15 minutes should be allowed, before the bike is used. Is there any truth in this? What process could be ...
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Should brake fluid come out of a misaligned disc caliper piston?

I have a shimano XT hydraulic disc brake system. While servicing it I took out the pads an checked the pistons in the caliper and noticed that only one is extracting. After a few pulls on the lever ...
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What is the hydraulic brakes expected life?

I bought a pair of hydraulic brakes (Shimano BL-M395) for my MTB. After 8 months (less than 1,000 kms), both (front/rear brake) started to leak oil thru pistons, rendering pads contaminated and the ...
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Front disc brake noise only at high speed

At a high speed (about 50km/h, but not sure exactly, as I don't have a speedometer) the disc starting to noise like it is touching the caliper/pad. At low speeds It doesn't noise and it's rotating ...
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Do Shimano disc brakes need post mount spacers?

I am switching my rear Avid Elixir brake for a Shimano XT one, but I am a bit unsure about mounting the caliper. The Avid brakes had spacers that put the brakes in the right position for the 160 mm ...
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Hydraulic disk brakes starts braking after pulling the half of the lever, how can I solve this problem with the brakes?

I have upgraded from v brake which starts braking immediately after pulling the brake lever, but in my new bike the brakes starts much later after pulling the lever. What problem it may have? I am ...
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how do i stop my Formula disk brakes from squealing

I have seen a number of posts about stopping discs from squealing, but mine don't always squeal, when the squealing starts it doesn't stop (as if something has worn off) and it's not worn out pads. ...
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How to remove existing fluid before bleeding disk brake

I've found lots of tutorials on how to bleed the disk brakes. And in all of them there is nothing about removing existing fluid. I'm quite afraid that when I start to bleed brakes the existing fluid ...
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Can I use a 6mm threaded bolt instead of a bleed valve for hydraulic brakes?

I've accidentally lost the bleed valve in a front-brake "bleed gone wrong" afternoon and was wondering whether there's anything detrimental in just using a 6mm bolt instead for the time being?
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Hydraulic Brake Loud Noise and Vibration

I have a shimano br-m446 installed in my MTB, i recently replaced it with new pads, my problem is that it is squealing so bad, with a mild to moderate vibration during braking in downhills. and it's ...
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Why would hydraulic disk-brakes become sluggish in cold winter? Just an incident or due to the cold?

Related question, I haven't bled the brakes (again a possible error). I bought the bike as second-hand and the seller said that the mineral oil cannot be the problem. He said that the mineral oil in ...
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Disc brake maintenance

For some days now I am observing the decreasing performance of my disc brakes on my MTB. Additionally, braking is extremely loud (squeaking). I don't think I have oil or fatty substances on the discs. ...
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Disc brake lines quite long [duplicate]

Currently building a new mountain bike. I'm fairly bike savvy and have built quite a few bikes over the years, but mainly road bikes. I have installed/fitted a new Shimano slx group set and the ...
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Adding disc brake to a bike without rear disc brake mounts

I'm seeking advice on how to install disc brakes on a bike that does not have rear disc brake mounts. The bike I have is the Trek 7.1 FX. Does the Trek 7.1 FX have the mount for installing disc ...
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Can I put bullhorn bars on a bike with hydraulic disc brakes

The most comfortable bike I've ever owned was a road bike with bullhorn (aka pursuit) bars. I actually had a pair of STI levers on it, mounted upside down (with the handles pointing forward). They ...
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What is the benefit of a larger disc rotor?

What real benefit does having a larger rotor give to braking performance? Additionally is my assumption correct that you callipers don't actually change in size, just the rotor and the adapter need ...
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Why would anyone use DOT fluid and vacuum-based brakes?

Mineral oil is much less toxic than DOT, does not absorb water, has higher boiling point. Bleeding Shimano brakes is almost as easy as unscrewing the caliper bolt and pouring oil into the lever ...
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What do I have to know, to replace my hydraulic disc brakes with new ones?

I want to buy a new hydraulic disc brake for my old mountain bike, which already has a disc brake. As I am very far away from any bicycle shop I want to buy the parts on the internet. The shipping ...
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do I need to change my disc if the brake pads got oil on them

In trying to change the brake pads on my mountain bike, I managed to get oil on my new pads and empty out all the brake fluid, and consequently also get some oil on the disc. I took the bike to the ...
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Why did the hydraulic disc brake stop working when riding down a steep mountain?

I rode my mountain-bike with a bicycle trailer attached. Three kids (age 4 to 8) were inside the trailer (trailer made of steel). We went down from about 500 m above sea level to 150 m above sea level ...
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Slow lever return after shortening brake line and bleeding

I've just recently replaced the brakes on my MTB with a pair of Shimano XT hydraulics. The rear brake line was extremely long for my frame's routing, so I had to cut it and subsequently bleed the ...