Brakes

Here is a variety of write-ups and videos to help you with your MTB brakes

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MTB Brake Bubble Bleed – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

 This BikeCo Tips & Tricks video illustrates how a MTB Brake Bubble Bleed works. Assuming a quality initial bleed most lever related issues can be traced back to air in the master cylinder. An occasional bubble bleed will help keep your lever feel consistent and brake performance at its best. OK, disclaimer time. Brakes are critical to your safety. If you aren’t sure of your brakes walk it back and take it to a professional. You do you – we’re just [...]

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On Trail Rotor Resurfacing – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

In a pinch, you can correct some rotor contamination or heat saturation issues on trail.  This BikeCo Tips & Tricks video illustrates how On Trail Rotor Resurfacing works. Rotors that are heat saturated will show excessive black along the pad contact area. This is typical when riders are in steep terrain or aggressively braking repeatedly. Contaminated rotors will “honk” when the brakes are applied. As opposed to a “squeal” from overheating a brake. Both of these situations are noisy (annoying) and decrease [...]

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180 vs 203mm Rotors

Power, Modulation, Heat Capacity and Personality. Let’s look at some differences between 180 vs 203mm rotors (7″ and 8″). Power Increasing the radius of the rotor increases the brake’s leverage ratio. Using Magura HC rotos as an example we measure about 12.7mm of “usable” rotor / pad interface. Picking a point of reference halfway in the usable interface the we come up with a 180mm (7″) rotor at 83.65mm versus the 203mm (8″) at 95.15mm. The change in available leverage around 12%. This [...]

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Magura MT7 First Ride Review

If you’ve followed our blogs you’ve seen a handful of posts on how much I love my Magura MT5 brakes. And I do. But, I had a little extra scratch and wanted to upgrade something. So after living on 5 different bikes the MT5s came off and fresh Magura MT7s went on. Here are some details in a Magura MT7 First Ride Review. Installation Like the MT5’s the Magura MT7 brakes can be a little finicky during the initial bleed. (Not [...]

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Magura Race vs Performance Pads Review

Magura Performance vs Race Brake Pad Review

Initial Ride Test – Magura Performance vs Race Brake Pad Review for MT5 / MT7 models. I love my Magura MT5 brakes. That’s well established here on BikeCo.com at this point I’m sure! Until this month however I had never run the Magura Race Brake pads. I decided to change it up a bit on the last pad change – and WHOA, quite a difference. Magura 8.P Performance Brake Pads As a baseline, I have had no complaints on the Magura 8.P [...]

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MTB Brake Pad Wear Limits

Safety, Performance, Predictability. All are reasons to check your brake pads regularly and change as appropriate.  Let’s look at some basics about MTB Brake Pad Wear Limits. First – when is a pad worn?   Magura, SRAM & Shimano Brake Pad Wear Limits Brake pads are considered worn well before the pad material is completely gone. The image above (and text below) are published manufacturer sizes. (reference links below). Magura brakes are to be replaced as soon as the backing plate and pad material [...]

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Mountain Bike Brake Bubble Bleed Video

Tips in Sixty – Mountain Bike Brake Bubble Bleed Video.   What You Need Appropriate Brake Fluid. Don’t mix and match, ever! It will destroy seals and fail your brake system. Bleed container. We use a variety of these.Whether craft bottles, Shimano bleed cups or a syringe the key is to be able to gently top off and “burp” the lever. Window cleaner and a rag to clean up. What It Is A bubble bleed will help produce a crisp as well as consistent lever feel. Inconsistent [...]

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Changing Mountain Bike Brake Pads Video

Changing Mountain Bike Brake Pads Video – best practices for ultimate performance.     What You Need Allen and/or torx wrenches. New brake pads. Window Cleaner as well as a rag. Additionally have a small amount of fluid and container for bubble bleed. More fluid and a bleed kit, particularly if you plan a full flush. What You Do Ensure all pistons are move equally when the brake is applied. Sticky or cocked pistons need to be addressed. Next level the brake lever with the ground [...]

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Resurface your MTB Rotors On Trail Video

Resurface your MTB rotors on trail video – BikeCo Tips in Sixty.   Whether from heat saturation or contamination occasionally riders will need to resurface rotors. Signs that your rotors need to be resurface include being visibly darker, less total power, as well as noise under use as they heat up. Heat noise is typically a screech or squeak, opposed to contamination noise which generally sounds more like a goose honking. What You Need This is a simple task and a quick fix on [...]

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Resurface MTB Rotors – Tips in Sixty Video

Resurface MTB Rotors Tips in Sixty Video.     Whether from heat saturation or contamination occasionally riders will need to resurface rotors. Signs that your rotors need to be resurface include being visibly darker, less total power, as well as noise under use as they heat up. Heat noise is typically a screech or squeak, opposed to contamination noise which generally sounds more like a goose honking. What You Need This is a simple task, accomplished with inexpensive window cleaner as well as wet / [...]

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