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Offline jazzman161

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Adjusting brake sensitivity
« on: April 27, 2008, 03:24:40 PM »
Hey guys. Quick brake question. I recently got my bike and after a few weekends of riding it, I'm not satisfied with the sensitivity of the front brake. I have to squeeze it too much before I get any friction. How can I adjust this?

I have Avid Juicy 5 hydraulic disc brakes.

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Re: Adjusting brake sensitivity
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2008, 04:40:04 PM »
idk if its the same, but a friend of mine has hydraulic discs and he adjusts them from some screw that moves the lever in and out??

yeah i know, not much help, lol
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Re: Adjusting brake sensitivity
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2008, 04:41:21 PM »
Take it back to your LBS, since you just bought it they should adjust it for free.  I bought my bike almost a year ago and my LBS still does minor adjustments like this for free.
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Re: Adjusting brake sensitivity
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2008, 05:14:10 PM »
I agree, take it back to the bike shop and let them adjust it.  Sometimes it is a minor defect in the brake and by letting them deal with it they can make the judgment call of a warranty issue or not.  Also, sometimes it's just a matter of minor adjustments to get through the break in period.  The bike shop should not mind doing everything they can to get it dialed in just right.  Not bad brakes, just what it takes sometimes to get them dialed in.

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Re: Adjusting brake sensitivity
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2008, 06:54:36 PM »
Is the brake bedded in? It'll take longer for the front to bed in as we tend to not use the front as much as the rear.
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Re: Adjusting brake sensitivity
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2008, 07:52:30 PM »
Bedded in? Is that like a type of breaking in?

I just keep using the front brake as much as possible to get it through the break in period and see if self-adjusts.

Push come to shove, I'll take it to the LBS. Thanks!

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Re: Adjusting brake sensitivity
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2008, 09:36:32 PM »
If you are talking about to much lever travel, you should have an allen adjustment where the piston stem connects to the lever. Or are you refering to sponginess? in which case your LBS may need to bleed them for you :)

 

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