I have managed a coule without having to bleed, using a Stanley blade. The one I did last week I used a cable cutter, the hole was less precise, I too hit the remote button and had to bleed it. 🙁 Even a decent sharp kitchen knife would be better than a cable cutter.
Good SRAM video on YouTube, Stanley knife is perfect and it’s easier to take the remote off the bars and screw it back on to the hose. Most important bit is making sure that the speed adjuster is turned all the way in or out? Can’t remember which but I did one the wrong way and it then needed a bleed!
btw, if you don’t have a bleed kit a standard they’re £15 or so from t’internet (epic bleed solutions, also on here). I bought one in the end as I didn’t want to mix oil weights in syringes. It arrived in a couple of days IIRC.
Mugboo – That is a kind offer and I am not far from Brighouse (Low Moor, Bradford) as it happens. It came with a bleed-kit so i’m sorted on that front, i’m just being lazy as can’t really be arsed bleeding it. I’ll do the remote and see if that sorts it.
btw mugboo – If you fancy joining me and the group i go riding with on a trail day, then feel free to join us next time we go. Let me know and i can give you a shout…