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Review of Shimano XTR 9000 Disc Brakes

Shimano XTR 9000 Disc Brake - Race

XTR Lever

With race-tuned power and an overall lighter weight, the Shimano XTR M9000 Race Hydraulic Disc Brake uses a...

Part brakes Disc
Company: Shimano
Type: Review
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Setting Up 2 Finger Brake and Shift Levers on a Mountain Bike

A lot of time brake levers are fitted in a wrong position. To correctly determine the position, place your hands outright as if you were riding the bike. The correct amount of fingers should fall...

Tools hex wrench
Type: Repair Tutorial
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How to Fix Disc Brake Rub on a Mountain Bike

This is one of the easiest fixes out there. Whether you are out riding or back at home working on your whip it's a quick 3 minute fix that will leave you riding waaaaay better.

Let's face...

Part brakes Disc
Tools hex wrench
Type: Repair Tutorial
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Removing Wheel with Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Quick Release

Start by loosening the quick release skewer, then lift the wheel out. Sometimes, if the brake lever is pressed while the wheel is out, the pads...

Part brakes Disc
Tools screw driver
Type: Repair Tutorial
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How to Fix Old School Mafac Brake Squeal on a Peugot

This is a short video about how to fix the squeal on MAFAC center-pull brakes. These brakes are known for and susceptible to squealing, and are original to a Peugeot Mixte, a vintage French...

Part brakes Rim
Company: Mafac
Type: Repair Tutorial
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Review of Shimano ST-R785 Di2 Hydraulic STI Lever & Disc Brake Caliper Set

The ultimate experience in braking performance is here. The Shimano Di2 R785 Dual Control Lever Set with Hydraulic Disc Brake Caliper is designed for on-road and cyclocross use for more power,...

Part brakes Disc
Company: Shimano
Type: Review
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Troubleshooting Squeaky Bike Brakes

Here is how to fix sqeaky bicycle brakes on your bike. If your bike squeaks when you stop, and it has rubber rim-pad brakes, here's how to stop the squeaking noise from happening. Squeaky brakes...

Part brakes
Type: Repair Tutorial
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Shimano XT Disc Brake Review

Shimano XT BR-M785 Disc Brake

The latest Shimano XT BR-M785 Disc Brake is lighter and more compact than ever -- and has more braking power. Short stroke Servo-...

Part brakes Disc
Company: Shimano
Type: Review
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Sram Red Aero Link Brakeset

Single Pivot brakes have gotten a bad wrap from the big three. While small companies like Ciamillo have long preached the benefits of the smaller brake style, most people weren't convinced. That...

Part brakes Rim
Company: SRAM
Type: Review
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Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 10 Speed Shifters

Shimano’s Dura-Ace line has become synonymous with quality and performance.

Dura-Ace 7900 Shifters with Carbon Design

Shimano’s Dura-Ace 7900 10...

Company: Shimano
Type: Review
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How to Replace Disc Brake Pads

First thing to do is undo your quick release and remove your front wheel. Try not to touch the disc brake pads, which will contaminate the disc pads and cause a squeaky sound when riding.

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Part brakes Disc
Tools hex wrench
Type: Repair Tutorial
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Replace Road Bike Cartridge Brake Pads

Tools: hex wrench set.

First thing to do is remove the old pads. This will usually require a 1.5-2.5mm allen wrench. Remove the bolts and set them aside. New pads come with new bolts.

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Part brakes Rim
Tools hex wrench
Type: Repair Tutorial
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How to Bleed Hope Brakes

How To Bleed A Hope Brake:

Before we start anything on the bleeding procedure, we need to make sure the mast cylinder is level, so now fluid will be lost from the master cylinder when...

Company: Hope
Type: Repair Tutorial
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Aerodynamic Test: Disc Brakes vs. Rim Brakes

Many people have experienced how great disc brakes are, while others still have a lot of questions about them. A big question is how aero disc brakes are.

This video will test one disc...

Part brakes Rim Disc
Type: Review
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Installing Campagnolo Ergopower Integrated Brake/Gear Levers

Installing Integrated Brake/Gear Levers:

To begin, peel back the brake hood. Slide a lever on to the handlebar into position and tighten with a 5mm allen wrench. Positioning should look...

Company: Campagnolo
Type: Repair Tutorial
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Review: SRAM Force CX1 (1x11 group)

A quick look at SRAM's new Force CX1 1x11 group:

1x11 groups, with 1 chain ring in the front and an 11-speed cassette in the back have gained wide popularity in all styles of mountain...

Company: SRAM
Type: Review
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Review of SRAM Force 22 Group Set Components

Sram Force 22 Review:

Force is right below Sram’s top-end Red group set. Any Sram branded 22 is their 11-speed version. Currently they have Sram Red, Force, and Rival in 11-speed...

Company: SRAM
Type: Review
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How to Check Road Brake Equipment and Make Adjustments

How to adjust your brakes:

For this job, you’ll only need a 4,5, and 6mm allen wrench, and a phillips screwdriver.

Before you get into adjustments, it is a good idea to make sure...

Part brakes Rim
Company: Shimano
Type: Repair Tutorial
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Overview of Shimano CX70 Cyclocross Components

Shimano unveils new CX70 cyclocross components:

The cross group is made up of the primary components of cantilever brakes, front derailleur, and cyclocross specific cranks. Those three...

Company: Shimano
Type: Review
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How to Route Brake Cable Hose on RockShox RS-1 Fork

RS-1 Brake Hose Routing:

Proper brake hose routing on the RS-1 is important to make sure your hose is not rubbing on your wheel or tire, and to make sure the brake hose is not damaging the...

Company: DT Swiss
Type: Repair Tutorial

We spend so much time worried about finding that next gear, we rarely invest in the things that can safely slow us down. Chew on that for a second. 

Know the hardware: Cyclists realize that brake performance affects more than just injury prevention. Slowing to the perfect speed just before taking a corner, or rolling down rock steps when mountain biking, properly adjusted brakes maintain control that leads to better handling. There are generally two main forms of brakes, each having equal but opposite pros and cons.

Rim Brakes - The stopping power comes from calipers closing the brake pads on the side of the rim. Cheap, lightweight and simple, rim brakes are found on almost all road bikes. Road cycling involves a (usually) clean riding surface that the rider can see a significant distance. Contact between the track and the tire is minimized to allow less friction, and higher speeds. Rim brakes provide sufficient stopping power for small frames, and their slender and lightweight profile cuts back resistance. However, the rim can pick up water and debris in bad riding weather, which interferes with brake pads and braking power.

Disc Brakes - The major fundamental difference here is that the caliper clamps to a brake rotor in the middle of the wheel, not the side of the rim. This allows increased distance from the dirt and mud, and more braking contact without the mess. Rotors are usually made from hard alloys or ceramic materials to handle a heavier brake load, with calculated holes cut out for heat and debris dissipation. Disc brakes can be actuated by mechanical or hydraulic cables. All the extra equipment makes for a really heavy braking system, but when your life depends on it, there's no compromising. This is the main reason disc brakes are the standard on cliff-teetering, trail-jumping mountain bikes.

Maintenance and Installation difficulty (2-6/10): Healthy brakes have much to do with proper alignment to the wheel/rotor, and cable tension that's just right when the lever is squeezed. That being said, repairs and installations can vary in complexity and difficulty. Centering a rim brake caliper around the wheel takes 30 seconds, but installing a hydraulic disc brake system might be more headaches than you bargained for. We have a number of tutorials below to show what you're getting into before the disassembly begins.

Things you might need along the way:

  • Repair stand - Always remember to get that bike off the ground and up by your face. 
  • Hex/Torx wrenches - Bolts and screws on brake assemblies will be shed during battle.
  • Spoke wrench - Brakes shouldn't be such a drag. True the wheel! 
  • Beer - Brakes are best operated on in the company of good friends. The kind of friends that don't accept Visa or MasterCard.