I have limited experience with bleeding Avid Elixir 5, Shimano SLX and cheaper Shimano and Tektro brakes. I usually time the bleed just before brake pad replacement, in order to avoid the risk of contaminating the pads (because a rotor can be cleaned, but pads cannot).
The problem is, when I replace the pads with new ones, the disk rubs. This necessitates shedding brake fluid until the caliper pistons are allowed to move far enough back. The problems with this are:
- risks introducing air to the system, because I use the lever bolt, instead of the caliper bolt
- risks shedding too much liquid and voiding the bleed
- it is tedious
Is there a trick to bleed the system just correctly, while mounted on the bike, with fully worn brake pads?