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Old 11-08-20, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by BenBoozer View Post
I purchased a 2020 Domane SL5 new three months ago. I'm pretty sure it has the Shimano 105 R7020 sti shifters. I noticed yesterday that the left (front) brake lever does not return to the full released position after I apply the brakes. It only returns about half way and the pads are still lightly in contact with the rotor. I have to use my fingers to push the lever back. The springy feeling of the right brake is absent in the left one. Since this is my first hydraulic brake bike, I plan to take it back to the LBS and have them look at it but I have a few questions:
  1. What happened to the springy feeling?
  2. When I apply brakes, why do both levers reach the bar tape?
  3. I read you should not turn your bike upside down, how do you change flats?
Any answers would be appreciated.
Bleed the brakes. There's something wrong there that will probably be solved if you do a bleed.

You can put the bike upside down to fix a flat. Don't worry about it. Just don't press the brake levers with the bike upside down or in vertical as air will probably get in the lines if you do.

If it happens, you can usually solve it by pressing the brake lever multiple times with the bike on its wheels.

After the bleed, check the reach adjust to check if it's way turned in, maybe this helps you bring the levers further from the handlebar when braking. In any case, hydraulic levers tend to have more travel than mechanical ones. You'll get used to it.
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