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Brakes not working right - May 13, 2012, 05:23 PM

My brakes seem to be working at 70%. I noticed that they were sucking but they are operational enough. Today tried to see how bad they were. Did a bunch of what would be stoppies. Bike stoppies but seems to slide (disc and pads) sorta stoppies, makes weird noises. 50% life on pads. Bled lines, no better.

What else can I do to check/fix? Any other things I can try doing?


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May 13, 2012, 05:27 PM

try cleaning pads and rotor with brake cleaner?


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May 13, 2012, 05:50 PM

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try cleaning pads and rotor with brake cleaner?
Yeah, your rotors might be glazed up a bit and/or pads contaminated. For what brakes cost versus their value when you need them I'd say if you aren't happy with the results after cleaning things up to just go buy yourself some RJL's (or HH pads for a bit more progressive action), then take a scotch pad to the rotors.

Edit: Forks aren't leaking are they?


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May 13, 2012, 06:18 PM

Assuming you don't have a fork leaking oil that is ending on the rotor, you might have vitrified your pads from over heating them. Take them off, grind the shiny surface off with some 100 sandpaper, put them back on and try them. Cleaning the rotor(s) with some brake cleaner will definitely not hurt either.


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Did, done and fauk yeah. Great suggestions!!


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Well good thing I tapped into this thread. I seem to be having the same problem. Plus I think my forks have become overly soft lately so leaking forks might be something to look into. Although I don't visually see anything.
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May 17, 2012, 06:43 PM

As long as you're down there you should do a caliper rebuild. It's not too difficult to clean calipers, pistons and replace seals.


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