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Old 08-02-20, 08:34 AM
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SRAM hydraulic brake reinstallation

I have looked around a bit online for the answer to this question, but I mostly come up with answers to a slightly different question. I just want to make sure I'm not about to make an avoidable mistake!

I am going to swap in a new fork on my road bike, which is equipped with SRAM hydraulic disc brakes (as part of a Rival groupset). Because the brake line is threaded through the fork, I will obviously have to detach the cable at one end or the other to do this. I did this once a few years ago with mechanical disc brakes, and it was no problem. But I'm uncertain of how this works with a hydraulic line. If I can't do this at home easily, I can take it in. But I try to do most repairs myself, at least when they are within my skillset.

What is involved in safely detaching and reattaching the hydraulic cable? The length and measurements of the fork are identical, so I believe this is just a swap job, and nothing will need shortening or replacing.

Any basic guidance is much appreciated.

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Old 08-02-20, 09:06 AM
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You are going to have to cut the end of the brake line because it will not go thru the front end with the nut on it, probably shorten your line 3/4 of an inch, then re-bleed the brakes after you hook them up again.
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Old 08-02-20, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by quindecima View Post
You are going to have to cut the end of the brake line because it will not go thru the front end with the nut on it, probably shorten your line 3/4 of an inch, then re-bleed the brakes after you hook them up again.
Thanks, that's just what I needed to know. I think I'd better leave this one to the bike shop. Don't have the right tools for bleeding the brakes. Oh well. I appreciate your taking the time to answer.
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