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Avid Eliixir 1 Hydraulic disks are soft - Talon 1 29er

Old 04-29-12, 03:54 PM
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Avid Eliixir 1 Hydraulic disks are soft - Talon 1 29er

Good evening, I have a 2012 Giant Talon 1 29er with the Avid Elixir hydraulic brakes. The rear brake is kinda soft. Rolling it around, the rear brake will lock up the back wheel, but the lever will go all the way to the handle. On the front brake, it stops at about halfway down, with a good solid feel. Is there an adjustment I need to make, or is it a matter of needing to bleed the rear brakes?

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Old 04-29-12, 04:15 PM
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bring it back to the shop
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Old 04-29-12, 05:55 PM
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The bike shop is almost an hour away, plus I really want to learn how to fix/maintain my bike on my own. I was a car mechanic for years, and a bike doesn't really seem all that different.
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Bleed the brakes, just be sure you use the correct type of fluid. A Web search will yield numerous how-tos and YouTube video instructions.
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Bleeding those brakes is going to require the Avid bleed kit, so you may want to take that cost into account before deciding not to take it to the shop. If you grab the kit, it will come with a bottle of Avid's Dot 5.1 fluid. They are easy/straightforward to bleed.
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