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hose shortening

brad1995brad1995 Posts: 114
edited February 2009 in MTB general
hi .. today i went into my local bike shop and asked them if they could shorten my hydraulic brake cable nd they said they dont do it and then i said do you know anywhere that will do it and he replied no ... why is this that bike shops dont do it ??


  • SikoraSikora Posts: 519
    I'd find somewhere else

    If they cant shorten a brake hose, i wouldn't want them to service my forks!
  • brad1995brad1995 Posts: 114
    ya think halfords might do it ?
  • delcoldelcol Posts: 2,848
    hydraulic brake cable :? :?
    do you mean hose..

    sorry just being picky :D :oops:

    what brakes are they.. do it you'r self it's really not hard to do...

    i can't understand why the shop wont do it it really is that easy,...

    i had to remove the hose from the lever (avid j 5's) in order to fit them well route the hose on my pace rc305 i took the oppertunity to shorten the hoses while i had the hose off,..

    it really is easy pop the rubber dust cover off then use a spaner to loosen the hose were it connects into the lever, the hose just pulls away then measure it and cut it (NOTE USE A PROPER HOSE CUTTER TO DO THIS NOT CABLE CUTTERS) ... they are'nt that expensive a few quid then follow the instructions to put the banjo and stuff back into and onto the hose then tighten it back up into the lever,,, it really is simple..
    i never had to rebleed them either...
    i shortened my avids on my pace
    my formula's on my santcruz
    and the magura's on my brother sana cruz..

    oh and hellfrauds would you really let them monkeys touch you'r bike i know i would'nt...
  • If they are jucy brakes then you don't even need a cable cutter to cut it (don't know about other brands). A good sharp knife should cut it without any problems. I've done mine like that and the cut was perfect.

    I also agree with the others: If your LBS can't do it then what can they do because to be honest it's not rocket science. Take the hose out, cut it, place a new olive and insert, put the hose back and tighten it properly and bleed your brakes. Job done.

  • delcoldelcol Posts: 2,848
    it can be done with a knife but it needs to be cut perfectly straight if you cut it on an angle it could leak..

    important to cut it as straight as poss a propper hose cutter clamps to the hose to cut it straight....
  • Stuey01Stuey01 Posts: 1,273
    How about braided hoses? The hose on my hopes is ludicrously long on the front brake... What tools and bits do I need? any tips?

    Mono M4's in case it helps
    Not climber, not sprinter, not rouleur
  • delcoldelcol Posts: 2,848
    i'd be preety sure a hose cutter would do it may require a fair amount of preassure to cut but should work....

    i would email hope and ask them they are pretty good at helping their customers.
  • brad1995brad1995 Posts: 114
    ok i took it do a diff bike shop miles away and they done it :P
  • brad1995brad1995 Posts: 114
    but i got a problem now one of my brake pads is toutching the rotor and as it is spinning it makes a scraping sound how can i move the pad back ??? is it hard because it is hydraulic??
  • SikoraSikora Posts: 519
    Stick a bit of tape round the end of a flat bladed screwdriver and use that to push the piston back. If you have an old set of pads, stick them in incase you cause any damage.
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