Any way to accelerate rotor break in time?
Are there any tricks to make the break in faster? I already use the "slow the bike down from gradually increasing speeds" method, it works fine, but it needs hilly terrain which I do not always have readily accessible.
Also, is breaking in new pads\rotors just a matter of rotor "seasoning" (the building of a thin layer of pad material over the rotor) or is there anything else involved?
In a word, no.
Same as your car. Follow the procedure to the letter.
I like to use the brakes until they have a bit of heat in them and then spray water from my bottle on them. They never feel right or bite hard enough until I do this. Riding in the rain works as well.
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Originally Posted by dblspeed
I got a hill right outside my garage door...
Down the hill hit the brakes, if it doesn't start to pick up before the bottom it is back to the garage to figure out why.
Try hard stops from 30 km/h
ah I see. wouldn't it be nice if disc brake rotors came already broken in?
Here is my procedure for bedding in new brakes.
Since I live on a cul-de-sac that has an incline, I go to the top of the circle, go as fast as I can down hill and apply the brakes, just before brake lockup. I repeat this 4-5 times. Then I put the bike away for the day/night without messing with anything.
Any adjustments come the next day.
Within a few rides, normally 2 to 3, braking is at 100%.