I recently purchased a new mountain bike. The brakes are Clark M2 hydraulic disc brakes. The bike came pre-assembled except for the pedals, handlebars, and front wheel. I don't see anything wrong with the caliper/rotor alignment but this is my first mountain bike in 10 years and I'm not much of a mechanic.
The back wheel is centered wonderfully and hasn't had an issue, even when testing the brakes vigorously before a ride. It stays centered and the pistons seem to retract well. There was no rubbing before my first ride.
On the other hand, the front brake seems to habitually fall out of alignment. This is even when the bike is mounted. I'll center it, pump the brakes a few times, and after a few pumps the brake is rubbing again. I've tried my best, and recently thought I had it solved. I manually centered the caliper multiple times very carefully and played with the brakes. Except for a little bend in the rotor, it seemed good. The calipers are also fully tightened.
I took it out for a spin today, and to my dismay when I got back the entire left side is rubbing against the pads.
Like I said, this is my first mountain bike in a while and my first time dealing with hydraulic disc brakes. The bike and all the parts are brand new, so hopefully there are no defects.
I haven't tried bleeding the brakes and a local mechanic told me that lubing the pistons might do more harm than good. I'm just looking for a second opinion on what I can do.
Edit: Forgot to mention when I was installing the front wheel, I accidentally fully pressed the front brake. The pistons didn't quite meet in the middle and there was no fluid leaking. Not sure if this affects anything.