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How to Bleed SRAM Hydraulic Disc Brakes

This video will show you how to properly bleed your SRAM Hydraulic disc brakes.

You will need the following tools and supplies: Avid Bleed Kit, T10 Torx Wrench, 2.5 mm Hex wrench, torque...

Company: Avid
Type: Repair Tutorial
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Installing and Adjusting Sram Red DoubleTap Shifters

This video will show you how to install and adjust Sram DoubleTap Shifters.

You will need the following tools and supplies: a 2.5 & 5 mm hex wrenches, a torque wrench, a pair of cable...

Company: Park
Type: Repair Tutorial
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Brief Overview of Shimano XTR, XT, and SLX Brakes

Shimano Brakes are some of the most consistent mountain bike brakes on the market. Possibly the most popular brakes you will find, these can be found on most stock bikes that you purchase at the bike...
Part brakes Disc
Company: Avid
Type: Repair Tutorial
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Review of Shimano XT BR-M785 Disc Brakes

Shimano's focus with this disc brake was to remove heat from the system, therefore allowing better braking power over sustained, intensive braking. They've done it three ways: it has ceramic pistons...
Part brakes Disc
Company: Shimano
Type: Review
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Best Cheap Mountain Bike Disc Brakes

Mountain bike brakes are extremely expensive, commonly costing 300+ for a full set of rotors, levers and calipers. But, you don't have to break the bank to get an amazing set of brakes.

The...

Part brakes Disc
Company: Magura
Type: Repair Tutorial
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How to Pack Your Bicycle in a Bike Box for Travel

The Bike Tube Hint: Don’t rush off and buy a professional bike box or bike bag. First head over to your local bike shop and ask if they have any leftover boxes from when bikes were shipped to...

Company: Park
Type: Repair Tutorial
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Replacing Bike Brake Cables How To

Most bicyclers are quite familiar with changing their brake pads as they're one of the first things that start to go after excessive riding. Over the course of a life though, having to swap out...

Company: Shimano
Type: Repair Tutorial
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Fix Hybrid / Mountain Bike V-Brakes That Are Rubbing

It seems like an obvious statement but rubbing on a bike is never good, unless of course you're in a race and rubbing the contestant next to you to get an edge. For the most part the only rub...

Part brakes Rim
Company: SunTour
Type: Repair Tutorial
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How to Install Fenders on a Bike

I'm here to show you how to install fenders on your bike. It's actually a pretty easy process, you only need a couple tools: 15 mm wrench, 10 mm wrench, 5 mm allen wrench, and 3 mm allen wrench....

Type: Repair Tutorial
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Several Methods for How to Install a Rear Rack onto Bicycle

Let's install a rack on the back of your bike. It's surprisingly easy to do this, but first let's start by pre assembling our rack and making sure that the struts that attach the rack to the top...

Type: Repair Tutorial
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Cut and Resize Shimano Disc Brake Hose

Today, we are going to be cutting the hose. As you can see I installed this hose and it's huge. You can do this off the bike or on the bike, however you like. I do it on, because I...

Company: Park
Type: Repair Tutorial
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How to Set Up and Adjust Cantilever Brakes

Hi, I'm Jonathan from Franklinton CycleWorks. Today I'm going show you how to adjust your cantilever brakes. Now, cantilever brakes are also known as cyclocross brakes because...

Company: Park
Type: Repair Tutorial
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How to Bleed Avid Hydraulic Brakes

Avid hydraulic brakes require DOT 4 or DOT 5.1 brake fluid so DO NOT USE MINERAL OIL.

The Avid brake bleed kit comes with two syringes, one to catch discarded fluid and one to push clean...

Company: Avid
Type: Repair Tutorial
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How to Bleed Magura Hydraulic Brakes

I’ll probably repeat it a bah-jillion times but it is worth repeating: if you are bleeding hydraulic brakes, mineral oil and DOT fluid ARE NOT INTERCHANGABLE! It’s kind of like when they tell you...

Company: Magura
Type: Repair Tutorial
SRAM Groupo

Sram Road Bike Components: A Comprehensive Overview

Officially launched in 1988, Sram is a relatively young company with a lot of design ingenuity and the original maker of the Grip Shift. They’ve been making their way up through the bike component...

Blog Tags: SRAM Groupos
Type: Blog entry
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How to Adjust a Caliper Brake

Adjusting a caliper brake is pretty straightforward.

First off, loosen up the cable anchor bolt with an allen wrench. Make sure the quick release lever on the caliper is closed and not...

Part brakes
Type: Repair Tutorial
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How to Adjust Your Road Bike Brakes

Adjusting your road bike brakes is a pretty straightforward matter. And faulty braking, at any level, is something you don’t want.

First, you’ll want to look at what is going on. Maybe the...

Company: Park
Type: Repair Tutorial

Shimano Component Groups for Mountain Bikes: A Comprehensive Overview

Just in case you mtb-ers thought I forgot about you, think again.

Here’s a look at all the component groups for mountain bikes that Shimano has out, starting from the bottom up.

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Blog Tags: Shimano MTB Groupos
Company: Shimano
Type: Blog entry

Shimano Components Groups for Road Bikes: A Comprehensive Overview

Shimano is a major components company. That said, there are TONS (and I seriously mean TONS) of different options that you can choose from when you buy a component group from this maker.

...

Blog Tags: Shimano groupos
Company: Shimano
Type: Blog entry
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Replacing Your Mountain or Road Bike Brake Pads: When Do You Have to Do It and How?

Your brakes are hardworking pieces of your kit that you need to check on regularly. You may not think it but bits and pieces of gravel can get stuck in your pads, causing scratches on your rims....

Part brakes
Company: RockShox
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.