- What brake replacement
I thought these had a good reputation?
Have you rebled them? Have you tried the adjusters they can make a massive difference. Bought some cheap Deores the other week. Felt awful until I bled them and tweaked the bite point.
Brilliant on a budget £100 for a set (no rotors) plus adapters.another tenner.Posted 5 years agotommy19Member
I’ve adjusted the brakes fully out and it’s helped a bit but have discovered a leak at the point the hose goes into the reservoir where the thread is on the rear brake, so will be back to the shop tomorrow,the bike is a week old and I’m really annoyed about this, the brakes are the only thing that let the bike down so i can see an upgrade in the not to distant future.Posted 5 years agomboySubscriber
Personally I’d rather have second hand hopes than new shimanos
Which is great, cos the forum needs someone to buy all of everyone’s old Hopes off them whilst they all upgrade to Shimano! 😉
No real experience of Elixir’s only that I know other people who’ve had reliability issues with them. Seem to work well when they’re working, ie. not that often. Other than (what I discovered to be my own fault) one issue with a poor brake bleed, I’ve been running Shimano now exclusively for the best part of 10 years. Wouldn’t bother with anything else. Formula’s included (though they are silly powerful!).Posted 5 years agobramblerashMember
Shimano XTs from rose bikes was what I went for a few months ago when I upgraded mine. they’ve been great, used for anything from XC to DH and cope with everything with ease, loads of one finger power when you need it. the only thing that takes a bit of getting used to is the tiny levers.Posted 5 years ago
esselgruntfuttock – Member
So are Shimano as servicable as Hope then, & do they have a similar backup service?
No and no. Is that the same as “non repairable”?
Hope and Formula both have Shimano beat on spares, but Shimano can still make good sense because of the lower purchasing price- in the event you do need to service them (like I did) you generally have to buy a few more parts but you’re still coming out ahead.
(quick example- XT caliper gets sticky seals, buy a new caliper (£44 in the UK, with a quick google, which includes a set of £20 pads.) Hope Tech X2- buy 2 seals, £8. Price difference is £16, which means you can afford to do it 4 times before the Shimanos stop being cheaper. Which, realistically, you are not going to have to do) It’s irksome and wasteful but it’s a long way from “non repairable”.
And as you say, you’re not likely to have to repair any quality brake as long as it’s looked after so it all becomes much of a muchness.Posted 5 years agocoatesyMember
Take the bike back, get them to free-up the caliper pistons properly (they’ll be sticky from new/lack of use), align the calipers properly(not just squeeze and tighten),straighten the rotors(they’ll likely have a touch of run-out which will cause rub once the pisons are free), and give them a thorough bleed (not the “I can do it in 5 mins” type), and you’ll have a thoroughly different feeling brake.This advice is based on having to do this procedure to every bl**dy set fitted to a new bike build since they introduced them(running into thousands by now),it’ll transform them into really good brake.Posted 5 years agopurser_markMember
Bought some 2012 Shimano SLX from Germany for £140 inc rotors and adaptors. Good price but not a good brake so far. They will be going back with a second warranty issue.
1st issue was a small leak where the banjo was crimped onto the hose and the O ring was not seated properly.
2nd issue on bleading after shortening the hose on the warranty replacement unit mineral oil starting seeping past the piston. WTF!
To be fair the rear has been fine now it’s bled, but to have two seperate units with sealing issues makes me wonder what them Fella’s in the quality department are upto?
I hope this is isolated as I have never had an issue with Shimano brakes before. They can’t be serviced in the same way as Hope brakes though no way of getting at piston seals. When they work they generally work well!Posted 5 years ago
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