Questions tagged [hydraulic-disc-brake]

Hydraulic disc brakes use fluid (either mineral oil or automotive brake fluid) to transmit brake pressure from the handlebar levers to the disc brakes on the wheel.

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Disc brake rotor scraping against mounting bracket

(My question is related to Rear disc brake rotor rubbing against caliper frame mount? but I hope to provide some more context & photos.) I have a Rocky Mountain Edge mountain bike (possibly 2011 ...
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Is there a reason for brakes to be reversed on bikes with Hydraulic Brakes?

I recently bought a MTB with hydraulic disk brakes, and am finding really hard to adjust to the braking system. From the very beginning I was cycling with the front lever on the right. But now it’s ...
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How to adjust hydraulic disk brake lever reach during bleeding?

During a crash I have bent my adjustment knob on Sram Code brakes and now after bleeding the lever is a bit too far away for my liking. The knob is bent and can't be turned. If I'll reduce the ...
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TRP Hy Rd brake : why won’t actuator arm return properly?

The actuator arm on my TRP Hy / Rd front brake no longer returns to the correct position. Even with no cable attached, it requires a bit of help to return to its resting position. The result is that ...
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Changing SRAM Rival brifters to flat bar - which hydraulic brake levers?

I've got a gravel bike, the Planet X London Road, with SRAM Rival 1x11 groupset. I'm thinking of converting it to a flat bar. From what I have read, any SRAM 11 speed shifter should work, as the ...
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Where is the grease on my front brake caliper coming from?

I've had a new road bike for three months to commute. I live on the east side of Hawai'i island so I'm often riding in the rain. A few weeks after I first bought the bike the front brakes started ...
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Is master cylinder hydraulic fluid level critical (Shimano)?

I managed to successfully bleed a Shimano hydraulic brake but used an improvised kit instead of the official Shimano one. Since I used a regular syringe instead of the funnel+plunger system which may ...
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What factors to take into account when choosing a hybrid bike?

I've decided I'd like to start commuting to work, but I'm not sure what factors I need to take into account when choosing a bike. I figured a hybrid bike suits my needs best, since I will be riding on ...
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Shimano hydraulic hose - BH90-SB compatible with BH90-J/JK

My problem, I have a complete M7000 (MTB) brake set that uses SM-BH90-SB hose, and now I want to connect a 105er BR-R7070 brake caliper that needs SM-BH90-JK-SSR or SM-BH90-J-SSR hose. Are the two ...
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Hydraulic Brake Hose Size Standards

I am looking to buy some (approx 30 meter) hydraulic brake hose for general use (fixing brakes) and would like to know what size (inner diameter/outer diameter) would be most suitable for the bigger ...
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I would like to upgrade my Shimano disc rotors from 160mm to 203mm. How to pick the right rotors?

My bicycle came with the BR-MT200 (https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/shimano-br-mt200-disc-brake-set-721603) brake set: hydraulic levers, 160mm rotors. I'd like to upgrade to 203mm, but I don't ...
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Pros and cons of mixed hydraulic/mechanical brakes vs pure hydraulics

Title of question is self-explanatory. Recently, it was added to the market brakes that are an hybrid mix between the mechanical Bowden steel cable and hydraulic system, which their oil tank is near ...
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Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brakes vs Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes [closed]

My current bike has this brake set: "Tektro HD-M285 post mount hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm 6-bolt rotors and Tektro levers." I have read many places online that people prefer "Shimano M315, ...
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Alternatives for mineral brake fluid / oil (in a pinch)

In case you don't have 'original' bicycle specific brake fluid on hand (e.g. "Magura Royal Blood"), what might be a good alternative to use (in a pinch) in hydraulic (disc) brakes? (for brakes that ...
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A bike for city commute - disc brakes, bar-end shifters, tires

I'm planning on buying a bike for city commute. My commute to work is approximately 12km (7.5 miles) one way. I live in Vancouver which means: I'll be riding in rainy weather frequently. I'll be ...
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Hydraulic Disc Brake (how to choose correct model)

I recently broke off the lever of my front brake and am looking for a replacement lever or front brake. Need some input/suggestions from more experiences riders. Some of my questions: What are the (...
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Upgrade 160mm to 200mm disc brake rotor

I want to upgrade my mtb's front brake to a 200 or 203mm brake rotor. current setup (180mm): My front fork's posts are for a 160mm rotor (without any adapters/brackets, with the brake caliper bolted ...
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Bleed port repair on Shimano road shifter?

I noticed that a small amount of mineral oil had leaked from the bleed port on my Shimano road shifter. I inspected the bleed port screw and saw that it was loose. The threads on the lever appeared to ...
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Differences and effects of brake lever offset

I've seen some flat bar brake levers where the the pivoting plane of the lever blade is offset and not in line with the center of the handlebar's cross section. What's the purpose for such design? ...
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Clamp width of new Shimano brake levers

Can anyone measure the width of the clamp (the dimension parallel to the bar) of the new XT M8100 12 speed Shimano brake levers? I want to know the amount of 'bar space' the clamp takes up. The ...
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Giant Defy Advanced 2 brake replacement

I just bought a 2019 Giant Defy Advanced 2, with Giant's "Conduct SL Disc" brake system and it's the only thing about the bike I don't like, for many reasons. But my question is, are the rotor mount ...
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Disc brake just a little too tight

I have pushed the hydraulic pistons fully out, but after a single firm squeeze of the brake lever, they ride slightly too tightly, such that rear wheel doesn't spin freely. It rubs a little bit. How ...
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My front disc brakes are rubbing despite my efforts

I tried everything Reset pistons Reseat caliper position Credit card method Brakes become very tight after a few squeezes Update: I went to the bike shop twice, they reset the brakes twice, ...
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Hydro brake disk blackening

I have had my bike for about 2 months now and about 2 weeks in the rear brake stopped working properly and I thought it just needed a bleed. The shop assistant showed me that my disk had oil on it ...
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Broke the lid cover of my Shimano Deore combi hydraulic brake reservoir. Repair options?

Crashed. I thought I escaped unscathed but turns out I broke the plastic lid and from a vintage bike there's no one selling the entire combi levers or just the lid itself. (in shops locally, I saw on ...
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Disc brake pistons won't stay in

I'm trying to replace my brake pads but when I try to push one piston in, the other one will come out and when I push it back in the previous one will do the same... how do I fix this so that both ...
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What causes and how to fix wandering bite point on Shimano hydraulic brakes?

For the last two months and less than 600 km of riding I have been using a pair of new Shimano SLX BR-M7120 "high power" 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes. Yesterday I have noticed that the bite point of ...
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Can I use a Shimano BL-MT200 lever on a Shimano BR-M446 brake caliper?

I have a leakage on my lever, and can't find any Shimano BR-M446s for sale. Was wondering if Shimano BL-MT200s were compatible.
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How tight should I screw my thru-axles?

I have a new road bike with thru axle and disc brakes (Ultegra). I noticed that depending on the how tight I screw the axle in the frame, the brake disc will be closer to either side of the brake pads....
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Is it safe to run disc brakes up front on a mountain bike that lacks a disc caliper mounting point in the rear?

Upon sharing my thoughts in an answer to a Bicycle Stack Exchange question, I wondered about my suggestion to use a disc brake up front on a frame that, lacking a disc brake caliper mounting point at ...
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Combining Deore XT 9-speed shifters with Deore XT BR-M8000 (I-Spec-II)

I wanted to convert my trekking bike to a mountain bike, and replace the Deore XT V-Brakes with disc brakes. However, the bike still has a perfectly functional Deore XT groupset (9-speed; unsure about ...
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Leak in my disc brakes

I had a small crash and the other day I checked my bike for damage. I found that there is very small leak on my brake hose where it meets the lever. I tried pushing the lever but nothing came out so ...
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Best type of brake pads during winter conditions for disc brake bikes

I'm going to be riding my bike daily during the rainy Belgian winter (-2°C to +5°C). If it snows or freezes the roads will be covered with salt. I'm using the 105 R7000 series hydraulic disc brakes. ...
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Replace Shimano MT500 Caliper

I'm not finding a huge amount of information online about doing a caliper (only) replacement. My rear Shimano MT500 is having issues and I urgently need to get it working, therefore I've purchased a ...
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Shimano MT500 leaking from bleed port

My rear Shimano MT500 hydraulic disk brake has acting up for a while. After doing a full bleed and new set of pads it would be fine for about 2 weeks then start rapidly losing performance and ...
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New hydraulic disc brake has less stopping power than old rim brake—why?

Recently, I upgraded to a Rockrider 540 bicycle. My previous bicycle (a similar but simpler model) had rim brakes, this one has hydraulic disc brakes. On the new bicycle, the stopping power of the ...
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Is this bike suitable for a male

Is this bike suitable for men?
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Swapping position of Shimano shifter and brake lever

I have Shimano Acera shifter and Shimano MT200 hydraulic brakes. The brake lever is mounted outside and shifter is mounted inside of handle bar. See picture below. I want to swap position of this two ...
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How often should hydraulic disk brakes need bleeding?

The brake handles for my disk brakes became very loose four months after I bought the bike. The bike shop bled the brakes and put new oil in them, which sorted it. They're feeling a bit loose again (...
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How do I change my disc brake pads?

How do I change my disc-brake pads? How do I avoid letting the fluid out?
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Air transport of a MTB with hydraulic brakes

I would like to transport my MTB on an airliner's cargo hold. What are the requirements concerning hydraulic brakes, do they need to be flushed?
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Will an MTB hydraulic brake lever be compatible with road hydraulic brake caliper?

I'm looking for a brake caliper that will be compatible with an XTR brake lever. As I browse through Shimano's line of lightest brake caliper, I found that Dura-Ace is the lightest but it's a road ...
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Can I use Avid olive and connector insert in a Shimano brake?

Basically, this is the question: I can use the olives and connector inserts proper for Avid in a Shimano Deore M596 brake/hose? Has anyone tried and can report if it worked perfectly or if there was ...
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Hydraulic mtb-style brake lever on drop handlebars

tl;dr Does anyone know of an existing hydraulic brake lever (eg (like this)) that can clamp on a 31.8mm bar or can anyone think of a way I can hack/bodge/modify one? I'm thinking similar to how CX ...
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What did I just do? Fluid shot out of my handlebar when pushing my caliper in

I just bought a new road bike with hydraulic disc brakes, using a Shimano Ultegra R8020 Groupset. The pad was rubbing on the rear rotor and it wouldn't recenter when pumping the brake. The brake lever ...
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Will I be disappointed with these brakes? [closed]

I have a cyclocross bike, it came with Tektro Lyra brakes - they were useless so I fitted a flat bar so I could use my spare hydraulic MTB brakes. I'm just about to buy some new brakes to replace the ...
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TRP Hy/Rd callipers rubbing

I’ve just installed a set of TRP HY/RD brakes and I can’t seem to stop the front ones from rubbing the rotor. I’ve tried realigning the calliper but it seems to be rubbing on both sides not just one. ...
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Using a new but potentially dirty olive and barb when shortening hydraulic brake hosing

I wish to shorten the hose on a hydraulic brake system (model is TRP hylex) i have an unused TRP olive and barb, however unfortunately they have been knocking about in a tray with an old chain and ...
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Hydraulic discs on commuter bike

Does anyone have any recommendations in favor/opposed to hydraulic disc brakes on a commuter bike? I'm considering building up a new commuter with discs but, as an old-school kinda person, I have no ...

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