I'm new to hydros and love the feel of the Hayes Primes. Last weekend I took my bike down a particularly long and steep descent. I went fairly fast and worked those brakes long and hard. During one stop I could "smell" them for the first time ever. Further down that hilll, I noticed my FRONT brake gradually faded, levers going closer to the bars... so I re-adjusted the dials and continued on down the hill. They continued to fade until the lever was squeezed all the way down to the bar and no more adjustment available...basically leaving me only the back brake. Next day, no improvment.
My question is what happened? I see no signs of leaks anywhere... I use a standard 160 rotors and the rotors are the standard Avid G2. Did I boil the fluid and should use a bigger rotor? If so, does boiling fluid somehow introduce air into the system and brakes now need to be bled ?
In the title I said double trouble... because when I got home and looked at the brakes I notcied the REAR pads were almost completely worn down. My brakes are practically new with 2 months and perhaps 350 miles on them. I basically ride the same trails I rode on my previous bike with BB7s and those pads lasted about 1500 miles before needing replacing.
Are the pads the come standard with the Hayes not that good ? Or are the Avid G2 rotors contributing to premature wear?? Thinking of getting sintered semi-metalic pads as prelacement. Or should I get something else?
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