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Shimano brake juice.

plugp7plugp7 Posts: 298
edited October 2013 in MTB workshop & tech
Just changed from Avid to Shimano brakes. Need to bleed them after hose shortening and come to buy Shimano mineral brake juice. Are they joking at at £9 for 100ml and a bit of tube! Unicorn pi55 is cheaper! Does everyone use this or is there a reasonably priced alternative?
Cotic Soul 26 inch. Whyte T130

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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,802
    Castrol LHM for Citroens, about the same price for 1litre
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  • Halford's sell the mineral oil for about £4-5
  • I just use halfords mineral oil.
  • plugp7plugp7 Posts: 298
    maringirl wrote:
    Halford's sell the mineral oil for about £4-5

    £4.79 for 125ml will do me cocker.
    Off to Halfords in the AM.
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  • http://www.bikerumor.com/2013/04/11/tec ... c-updated/

    Shimano seem to contradict themselves slightly, and possibly get their degrees C and degrees F muddled-up.
  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    plugp7 wrote:
    maringirl wrote:
    Halford's sell the mineral oil for about £4-5

    £4.79 for 125ml will do me cocker.
    Off to Halfords in the AM.

    But you were presumably going to get the Shimano stuff online, so it's £9 vs £4.79, so you're saving £4, and getting a little bit more, which will be pretty useless as you won't use the whole Shimano one anyway, and unless you live on top of a Halfords you'll probably spend that getting there, not to mention the time.
  • stubsstubs Posts: 5,001
    You can buy genuine Shimano oil on ebay. I got a 100ml bottle for £6 thats enough to fill front and rear brakes with plenty left over for the inevitable Oh F**k moment when you spill some.
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  • Halfords LHM in the automotive department is a simialr price to the shimano stuff for 1 litre, use a trade card and its about £3 for a litre.
  • plugp7plugp7 Posts: 298
    njee20 wrote:
    plugp7 wrote:
    maringirl wrote:
    Halford's sell the mineral oil for about £4-5

    £4.79 for 125ml will do me cocker.
    Off to Halfords in the AM.

    But you were presumably going to get the Shimano stuff online, so it's £9 vs £4.79, so you're saving £4, and getting a little bit more, which will be pretty useless as you won't use the whole Shimano one anyway, and unless you live on top of a Halfords you'll probably spend that getting there, not to mention the time.

    There must be some logic in that remark but it eludes me!
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  • edninoednino Posts: 684
    I use LHM (the green stuff). It actually feels better to me than shimano fluid and costs about £5 for 1 litre

    Used it for 4 years in my XC bike with no issues
  • Halfords sell the same mineral oil (dot 4 / 5 etc) in both their motor & bike departments but the prices are widley different, twice as much for a quarter of the volume in the bike dept last time I bought some.
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    UncleMonty wrote:
    Halfords sell the same mineral oil (dot 4 / 5 etc) in both their motor & bike departments but the prices are widley different, twice as much for a quarter of the volume in the bike dept last time I bought some.
    That's not mineral oil. Doesn't invalidate your point, but...
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  • pesky_jonespesky_jones Posts: 2,890
    Its a shame, I dont think you even needed to bleed the brakes in the first place.
  • POAHPOAH Posts: 3,369
    Its a shame, I dont think you even needed to bleed the brakes in the first place.


    you'll get a small bubble or two coming out of the caliper after you cut the hose
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