If you are shortening your Shimano brake hoses and you are not sure which hydraulic hose insert to use then you have landed in the right place. Use our handy table to find out if your brakes use BH59 or BH90 hose inserts.
Whether it be in an effort to save money, save time or to be safe in the knowledge that you know what to do when that spongy brake lever threatens to sabotage your next ride, brake bleeding can be a useful skill to have.
In this article I will try to share some of the tips I have learned along the way to help you bleed your brakes more efficiently.
Those of you new to the idea of bleeding your own mountain bike brakes will be wondering if you're up to the task, or if it's time to surrender your bike to the local bike shop. Well I'm here to tell you that despite your initial fears as a prospective first timer, brake bleeding is not some dark art that only the elite cycle mechanics can practice.
With the right bleed kit, a little bit of know-how and 30 minutes to set aside you can easily breathe new life into your hydraulic mountain bike brakes.
Most of you will know that hydraulic brakes are designed to use one of two main types of brake fluid - DOT fluid or Mineral Oil, and which one you pick is not a choice made by you or me, but rather by the brake manufacturers themselves. But which brake fluid is best and why do we have two to begin with?
If there's one thing better than learning from your mistakes, it's learning from somebody else's mistakes and when it comes to bleeding mountain bike brakes there are a few mistakes which crop up time and again. We'll explore them in this article.
Hydraulic brakes have transformed mountain bike disciplines ever since their arrival. They enable us to go faster and stop harder. So what is it about hydraulic brakes which make them the stoppers of choice for professionals and trail riders alike?