mechanical disk brake annoyance

truespintruespin Posts: 155
edited August 2007 in MTB general
My mechanical front disk brake on the hardrock sport is beginning to annoy me!

For the first set of pads it was fine - plenty of stopping power although I would have to wind out the pads once every ride to stop the lever coming all the way into the handlebars...

but since I put new pads on, the stopping power has been *greatly* reduced - and I tried to break the new pads in by going fast and stopping hard 20 times followed by a 12 mile ride - but still not any stronger... the brakes squeak and I have to wind out the pads even more often than before

Any recommendations on how to resolve this (I'm pretty damn sure there wasn't/isn't any grease on the pads or rotor) or should I just spend some of my bonus on a nice hydraulic front brake?
If so, which brake - the juicy 7 is appealing to me right now - but I know nothing about makes, models or rotor size - advise me please :)
As a bonus I'm in the US right now so might be able to pick up a bit of a bargain via the joys of a strong pound...


  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    What brand of pads? I would give the rotor a good clean, and set the brake back up from new.
  • truespintruespin Posts: 155
    they're enduro ones (IIRC) that I got from the LBS when the old ones went back to the metal :(

    I've already degreased the rotor and re-set-up the brakes which made little to no difference...

    I wonder whether these pads do just take *ages* to bed in..?

    I am quite tempted to just splash out on a fancy hydro front brake as I've just been given a 6 month bonus from work...
  • glasgowdanglasgowdan Posts: 155
    You could spend a silly low bit of cash on my front hydraulic shimano deore that I'm selling (see classifieds!), excellent powerful brakes too
    Crushing the symptoms
  • Dav1Dav1 Posts: 1,298
    Which brake is it?

    I have some Hayes MX2 on my bike and i find that you can quite easily kill the power with the smallest contamination when cleaning.

    I fixed the problem on mine by cooking the pads in the oven for about half an hour (200 c, 400 F, gas mark 7 for 30 Min's :lol: ) and giving the rotor a good clean with disk brake cleaner. Worked a treat.
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