Hayes Stroker Carbon Brakes – worth reviving? Can they even be saved??

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  • Premier Icon The Pinkster
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    I have an old pair of Hayes Stroker Carbon disc brakes in the garage that haven’t been used in over 5 years, they were just sat on a bike that never got ridden.

    I’m now thinking of getting said bike rolling again but the brakes feel like they’re full of syrup rather than DOT5.1. Is it likely a good bleed will sort this out or am I looking at a full strip down & replacing all the seals, etc?

    Or are they beyond help?

    hols2
    Member

    Try bleeding them and see how they are before you start spending money on them.

    Premier Icon JAG
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    I’d bleed them and see what happens.

    Brake fluid doesn’t damage the seals in brakes – the seals and the fluid are designed to be together with no degradation over time other than water absorption. Not that that’s an issue for brakes on a mountain bike 🙂

    Premier Icon Cheezpleez
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    I’ve had a few sets of Strokers. The levers di seem to lose their springiness but I’ve still got a set on my station bike that have been doing daily service like this for years. If you’re after premium performance I’d get new brakes; if you just need something to stop your bike then I reckon they’ll be worth a bleed.

    amedias
    Member

    My old Strokers get stiff levers if I leave the bike sitting for any length of time (its a backup bike so that could be months), they free up with vigorous pumping and then work fine, I think it’s the seals getting a bit stiff and sticky.

    Premier Icon The Pinkster
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    Cheers folks, I think I’ll give ’em a bleed then, see how it goes.

    If that doesn’t work it’s go great loss really as I’ve found a couple of cheap replacements.

    Thanks.

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