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    Newb question about brakes

    I just assembled my first bike out of the box. Everything went pretty easy. The only question I have is about the hydraulic brakes. I can hear a slight rubbing noise without engaging the brakes. Is this normal or do I have to do an adjustment? I loosened then re-tightened the calipers, but nothing jumped out on what is causing the rubbing noise. Will it auto-adjust itself? Any suggestions? TIA.

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    When you loosened the calipers did you press the lever to get the caliper to center itself?
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    I didn't press any lever, but I just kind of moved the calipers slightly to make sure the rotor was as centered as possible.

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    Try slightly loosening the screws that hold the caliper in place. Hold down the respective brake lever. Tighten screws. Release lever.
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    That usually works:
    Loosen calliper bolts, just enough that the calliper can move side-to-side
    Squeeze and hold brake lever
    Tighten the bolts

    Occasionally, I've had to adjust calliper position manually: loosen, push the way I think it should go, tighten - but that is pretty hit and miss, and may have to be repeated several times to get it just right.

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    If you do this and you still get a little rub, it can be that the rotor is a little out of true..not a big deal. Just go ride it..sometime actually using the brakes for the first time helps out this issue.
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    tighten each caliper bolt carefully and slowly, alternating bolts. sometimes tightening one of the bolts while the other is loose will cause the caliper to twist.

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    Try making the adjustments mentioned by others, but first, put a business card between pad and rotor on each side. This will keep the brake centered and prevent the movement while tightening the bolts. You can achieve zero rubbing.

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    Good advice above, but take the bike out for a quick ride around the block to bed in the pads before you go pulling your hair out.

    Put on your helmet (this is important, I've seen the brake check go horribly wrong) and do a couple low speed test stops and if you're confident your brakes are working well, get up a little speed and do a firm brake using just the rear brake. Then repeat it a few times, you'll feel the brake get a little better at stopping each time. Repeat this with just the front brake (seriously, be careful not to go over the bars). Once you have the pads bedded in through this process go back and adjust per the above.
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    Thanks for all the help. I'm gonna try all the suggestions until I get it right. I didn't want to ride it yet in case I may damage something. I'm hoping I can go for a quick ride since the weather right now is perfect.

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