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  • muzzle
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    I’ve got some new Superstar pads and I can’t retract the pistons enough to stop them rubbing on the rotor when I fit em (Avid Elixir 5 brakes). I’m pretty certain that the brakes wouldn’t work satisfactorily if I let a bit of fluid out, as they pull almost to the bar with a worn set of pads fitted.

    Are Superstar pads thicker than the average? Can anybody point me in the direction of a good deal on sintered pads that they know are a bit thinner than Superstar please? Ta.

    muzzle
    Member

    Cheeky bump – would appreciate any advice please. Thanks.

    robj20
    Member

    Sand the pads down till they fit.

    Your brakes need a bleed. Do this (properly) and the pads will fit.

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    muzzle – Member

    I’m pretty certain that the brakes wouldn’t work satisfactorily if I let a bit of fluid out, as they pull almost to the bar with a worn set of pads fitted.

    Then they’re already not working right! A good bleed should sort both, but it’s possible it’s 2 separate issues.

    Premier Icon gofasterstripes
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    I was going to answer but I got palpitations from the excitement.

    grum
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    SS pads are quite often slightly too thick. I had to file mine down to fit in my Formula The One calipers. Didn’t take much though at least.

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    FWIW I’ve had stacks of SS ones in my The Ones and they’ve all fitted fine- they need to be pushed back absolutely all the way mind… OTOH my XT ones needed some of the finish taken off the sides as they were too wide.

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