Tip top brakes for the new season
You might have cleaned you bike already for the new season, but what about your brakes?
CLEAN THE INSIDE OF THE BRAKE CALIPER
Clean with compressed air, which gets rid of all the accumulated brake dust.
Do it outside and remember to wear mask and googles.
CHECK FOR BRAKE FLUID LEAKS
Check around the pistons in you caliper and check that the brakes are not binding when you rotate the wheel. The wheel should rotate freely.
If there are leaks or the brakes bind, it is time to refurbish the brake calipers with new pistons, seals, sliding pins, boots etc.
ENSURE BRAKE FLUIDS HAVE BEEN REPLACED ACCORDING TO RECOMMEND INTERVALS
Brake fluid absorbs water over time, which can lead to brake fluid fade! If the fluid has not been changed for a long time or you ride
aggressively, it always better to change the fluid than risk crashing due to fading.
CHECK THAT YOUR BRAKE DISCS AND BRAKE PADS ARE NOT WORN OUT
Minimum disc thickness is usually printed or engraved on the brake disc or refer to your service manual.
Use a micrometer to measure the disc thickness IN multiple spots, from inside to outside diameter, not a vernier caliper.
If they are too worn, we recommend changing the brake pads when you mount new discs.
CHECK THE GROVE PATTERN OF THE BRAKE PADS
If there is no grooves in the brake pad surface use a vernier caliper to measure the brake pad thickness in multiple spots, the friction material height (above the steel backing plate) should be at least 1,3 mm. If the brake pads are worn below the grove pattern, it is time to change them.
IF CHANGING THE BRAKE PADS AND/OR BRAKE DISCS
Please remember always to pump the brake lever/pedal a few time until you feel contact before you go riding!
We always recommend that you get assistance from an authorised workshop, so you can just
Go ahead and have fun!