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Hydraulic brakes = cash cow
« on: July 21, 2009, 09:46:51 AM »
I must learn to bleed brakes. This must be the bread and butter of bike shops. I was qouted $60.00 to bleed my brakes after a crash destroyed my levers. Back in the day I could have fixed this myself but nowadays bikes are as complicated as the USS Enterprise.

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Re: Hydraulic brakes = cash cow
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2009, 09:48:19 AM »
Invest in a bleed kit and search the internet (and your brake manufacturer's website) for directions on how to bleed your brakes.
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Re: Hydraulic brakes = cash cow
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2009, 10:30:54 AM »
complicated as the USS Enterprise.


Not complicated at all.  ;)

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Re: Hydraulic brakes = cash cow
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2009, 12:19:24 PM »
if that $60 includes a avid bleed kit thats fair. to do it yourself get the bleed kit for your brakes and look for a tech video on you tube. its cake

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Re: Hydraulic brakes = cash cow
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2009, 12:55:41 PM »
I would have tried if I could find a juicy five lever in white but I was told it was a special order. I couldnt find one at any major online store. Some on ebay but didnt want to go that route.
Trek of tampabay said I needed new lever, recut hoses (I thought they could use old one) ,bleeded out ,new rotor and true ft wheel. I wonder what all this will cost if any of you wanna guesstimate.

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Re: Hydraulic brakes = cash cow
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2009, 01:00:32 PM »
I guesstimate $150, please let me know what I have won and where to pick up my wonderful parting gift :D

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Re: Hydraulic brakes = cash cow
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2009, 01:02:09 PM »
I thought it would be more than that with labor and all that
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Re: Hydraulic brakes = cash cow
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2009, 01:04:32 PM »
Confused? Why do you need to bleed the brakes? Should be able to change out the levers without messing with the master cylinder part. Or did you somehow destroy the entire assembly? I may have missed something here.
 
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Re: Hydraulic brakes = cash cow
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2009, 01:06:19 PM »
the clamp broke not the actual lever as my finger cushioned the blow

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Re: Hydraulic brakes = cash cow
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2009, 01:12:56 PM »
I have a set of Hayes 9's you can have, that would leave you with just having to buy a rotor. Those Juicy 5's are pretty cheap, I bet you could buy a complete side (front or back) for less than $100. That should be pre-bled and complete with rotor.

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Re: Hydraulic brakes = cash cow
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2009, 01:20:17 PM »
I bet you could buy a complete side (front or back) for less than $100. That should be pre-bled and complete with rotor.

That price probably wouldn't get him a set with the white lever that he wants.
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Re: Hydraulic brakes = cash cow
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2009, 01:24:31 PM »
I have a set of Hayes 9's you can have, that would leave you with just having to buy a rotor. Those Juicy 5's are pretty cheap, I bet you could buy a complete side (front or back) for less than $100. That should be pre-bled and complete with rotor.
Thanks scott for the offer as it would have more tempting if the bike wasnt brand new and the brakes wern't effective. If I were to upgrade it would be to ad some adjustability at the caliper as far as centering. I ( and the trek store) have never gotten rid of the rubbing
problem. After a long break in period I cant imagine how much better the elixer are.These things stop like NOW and Im a big dude.
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Re: Hydraulic brakes = cash cow
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2009, 01:29:55 PM »
Have any of you fellas met me before?

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Re: Hydraulic brakes = cash cow
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2009, 01:34:58 PM »
Have any of you fellas met me before?

Don't think I have.  I haven't had the pleasure of running into you on a blind curve yet.  ;)
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Re: Hydraulic brakes = cash cow
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2009, 02:01:03 PM »
Not sure why you'd need a new hose unless they're assuming they won't be able to get the hardware off of the end. The hardware comes with the hose,at least it did for the one I ordered recently (Juicy 7).
 
I'm raising my estimate to $200
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