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New XTR XC Brakes

BigStu2BigStu2 Posts: 794
edited January 2013 in MTB workshop & tech
Just bolted a new pair of XTR XC brakes onto the beast and was wondering if they come pre-bled as both levers dont feel that firm and pull almost to the grips, I see that there is an adjustment screw but haven't fiddled with that as yet. And, as I have to shorten the hoses can I get away without a bleed afterwards, I have already orderded the bleed kit if all goes pear shaped.
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  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    You mean the Race brakes? It depends how you buy them, but frankly I'd always bleed new brakes anyway. Takes 5 minutes with Shimano.
  • BikeSwanBikeSwan Posts: 260
    What njee20 said. It's always a good idea to bleed new brakes, and being Shimano it shouldn't take long. It also doesnt hurt to play around with the adjustment screws.

    I had a new set of Formula R1's last year and they came out of the box awful (really spongy and censored feeling), a quick 10 minute bleed later and they felt excellent.
  • BigStu2BigStu2 Posts: 794
    Race, of course, No idea what I buy sometimes, and only 5 minutes to bleed them I'll be happy with 30 minutes, thats why I've bought a full litre of fluid, just in case.
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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    They have to bed in. Usually a few firm pulls of the lever sets the pistons.
  • BigStu2BigStu2 Posts: 794
    Thanks guys, I'll shorten the hoses on the weekend, am hanging for a ride, been below - 18 most of the winter here :(
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