Last time I bled my brakes (avid elixr 3’s) everything went well and I was happy with the result. However, over last few rides the rear brake was pulling a bit too much to the bar and lacking power so I decided to bleed it again, except nothing is coming in or out! pushing or pulling plungers at either end moves nothing? I’ve tried pulling the lever, and I can feel a little movement in the syringe but nothing major. sealed up, the system is now putting no movement into the pads. Whats doing? Is it new brake time? (given that a second hand rear brake is probably cheaper than a service at the LBS (unless it is just a bleed?)Posted 5 years agoplumslikerocksSubscriber
I would hazard that either a seal has given way in a major way, or you have serious amounts of air in the system. Maybe put a syringe or two full of fluid through it before trying bleeding. I got a couple of larger size luer lock syringes from work for this purpose.Posted 5 years ago
nicolai sam has it… the reach adjust was wound in. Wound it anti clockwise a bit and the fluid moved freely! Pulled about 2ml of air out of the system (theres my loss of power then!) topped everything up and they’re working like a dream!
Thanks all for your input! I’ll be back on the trails for the weekend!Posted 5 years agoBiscuit PoweredMember
my bleeding process for my Avid Elixir CRs was to throw them to the back of the shed and buy Shimanos.
Good lad. People doing this keeps ’em cheap and plentiful on the second hand market for people like me.
I like Avids. Both Juicys and Elixirs. I have no problem getting a good bleed on them (and actually find the bleed system to be quick, sensible, clean and effective). I like the levers and the feel and find them plenty powerful.
So keep ditching those Avids chaps! 🙂Posted 5 years ago
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