If you’re new to disc brakes or considering them for the future, here are the 5 key ways to keep them working perfectly.
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Disc brakes may seem much more complex to maintain than cable operated rim brakes. But, the reality is that they aren’t. Disc brakes are much more resilient than rim brakes and far easier to fit and forget – a difference that you’ll definitely notice if you’re riding in winter conditions.

1. Keep oil away from disc rotors.
2. Don’t pull on the brake lever when the disc isn’t in.
3. Take care of your disc rotors.
4. Know how to re-align your brakes when they’re rubbing.
5. Have the right bleed kit and know how to bleed your brakes.

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50 COMMENTS

  1. I was having some disc rubbing on the front brake only. I tried to just loosen the calipers, hold down the brakes, and then retighten them with the brakes on. That didn't seem to work. When I took out the pads, it appeared the front tire had not been seated properly, and that there was excessive wear on one side of the pad, towards the back. Do you think I should just replace the front pads only, or both the front and rear pads? Is it possible to not replace the pads, but make it so they don't rub on the rotors? Also, when do you need to bleed the brakes? Is it part of general maintenance or only when you get a spongy feel when braking?

  2. Wanna cut short all the BS?

    – Just use apple Vinegar. You don't have to remove any of the caliper parts. Spill it over the braking pads while mounted, press the brake and move the bike so the dirt would get cleansed by the disc.

    Then clean the disc with a pure cloth dipped in vinegar. Then repeat the process until the noise is gone.

    Note: Because the pads get wet from vinegar, they may produce a flute-like sound, yet in 500m ride they will dry from braking and no noise remains. Zero. Just like brand new untouched brake set.

  3. When you guys video "This bolt and that bolt" we on this side have little idea where it is, very poorly filmed, being a complete amateur i learned a little, but not the essentials, which is the practical work

  4. Hey guys i have a little problem i have hydrolic brakes and i sprayed some lubrifiant on my chain and some drops hit the disk my rear breaks are not working as they were what should i do just wipe the disk ?

  5. Wow! I can’t thank you enough for posting this video. I spent 4 hours on a holiday trying to adjust the brakes by eyeballing the brake pads it while screwing in bolts on the caliper. This got me nowhere and is the worst method! I do not recommend it! The easy method you mentioned, which is to hold the brake down while screwing in the bolts, is the best method by far. I got so pissed off and extremely discouraged by continually failing using the “eyeballing it” method that it spoiled my mood for the next 3 days and I was mean to those around me. Folks, if you can’t figure it out after half an hour, give it up and try something else! Or take it to your local bike shop. Nothing is worth you overloading yourself with failure and disappointment. Again, when I watched your video and saw how easy it was, and then was able to successfully fix my brakes, I was beyond grateful for having seen your video. Thanks for posting it. Good tip with also suggesting that the wheels properly be in the drop outs too.

  6. Just did some cleaning maintenance on my bike two days ago, took it out for a ride today and noticed my front brake was essentially obsolete…found this video and discovered I was guilty of spraying tons of lube on my front disc brake. Is it cheaper to take to a bike shop to have them take a look at it or just go ahead and try to replace the disc/pads myself? thank you

  7. With my low end Shimano disc caliper breaks I've had rotor rub due to my one piston not retracting. I used muc off bike wash and toothbrush to clean the pistons when pads out and then silicon grease to relube the piston. Using old pads (thin) and large flat head screw driver I was able to retract the pistons and work in the silicon grease. I'd like to make my old brake cleaner. Muc Off Brake Cleaner ingredients (alcohols and Acetone) are on their safety sheet and this is very different to Fenwicks Brake Cleaner. Can I make my own or use the Mc1 car disc brake cleaner? #TorqueBack

  8. # 6: I leaned this the hard way. NEVER squeeze the brake lever when the bike is upside down. Even with the wheel in place doing so will pump air into the system and cause partial or total brake failure requiring bleeding out to correct. Big problem if you are out in the middle of nowhere.

  9. How do you make sure both brake levers are equally stiff ? One of my levers is softer than the other and it's pissing me off. The brake pads are fine. Do I need to bleed the brakes to make sure there's enough pressure in the system to make it firmer ? Please help

  10. My brakes are rubbish,i bled them,cleaned them,the pads are fine and i still have to squeeze really hard if i want to stop fast. I read reviews that my brakes hayes stroker ride are crappy but are they that bad ?

  11. @gcn when i adjust the brake lever reach the pads start to rub, which goes away if i move the levers back out. I have small hands so id rather move them in if i could, to do this do i simply just adjust the levers and then try adjusting the callipers as you do here? also, when you say contaminated, to what extent do you mean? like if you get spray aerosol on it once or twice is this enough to warrant taking out the pads to clean them or even worse have to replace them? thanks 🙂

  12. People who stress about not getting contamination on their disc breaks must cycle in a air conditioned bubble.

    So much is sprayed on the bike when on the road or off road, a little finger grease or wd40 is minuscule in comparison.

    These breaks work because of simple physics- the contamination is rubbed/ burned off by heat.