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Shimano Saint bleeding

Russ-TysonRuss-Tyson Posts: 44
edited January 2011 in MTB workshop & tech
Hi all I have a set of Saint M810 brakes fitted front and rear to my bike and they are super powerful but...the lever travel seems excessive... as in you pull maybe a 1/3 of the travel before anything happens.
I havent used Shimano hydro brakes before but have used Hope religiously and always had a solid lever feel.
I have tried the screw on the top for free play and it helps but is marginal and I have bled them how I would normaly which is usually fine.Just to add the brakes are new as well and correctly centered.
The only thing I havent tried is back bleeding them..Should I try it? Thanks Russ.


  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    sounds like the pistons just need to set.

    when the pads touch the rotor is the lever solid?
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • *AJ**AJ* Posts: 1,080
    The saints do have a softer feel to them than the hopes, this is because one set of pistons hits the disc slightly before the other set which helps with controlled braking.
    whilst they feel a bit soft when your car park testing. Out on the trail they will feel 100% spot on.

    I found that the free stroke screw hardly did anything on mine.
  • what he said ^
  • Cool cheers guys thats how they feel to me out on the trail :)
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