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    how long should a DH brake set last

    I am not talking about pads. so far i have gone though hayes 9's, megas, and hope m6's. this is in 2 seasons at northstar (about 70 days) plus some shuttling at auburn. in my experience all brakes feel great to begin with (except the hayes). the megas were like an on/off switch, something i love. but in about 7-10 days it seems like all my brakes begin to lose power, suffer from pump up and i need to start beeding about once every 5-7 days to keeep them ok. the reason i ask is that i just set myself up with a set of codes to replace the formulas and they feel great but just wondering how long they will last.

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    With respect, if you're cooking brakes as often as you suggest, then it may be your technique you need to change, not your brakes.
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    If the Codes don't satisfy you, then use Magura Gustavs, after those there is nothing left to try. Not that you will need to though.
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    Try running some high-boiling-point racing brake fluid like Motul RBF600. It will last longer and resist brake pump better. When I was running Hayes Mags on my DH bike, I would bleed them every year or two and they are still running strong on my girlfriend's DH bike (those brakes probably have over 200 days at Whistler by now).

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    Is it crazy to start suspecting seals are giving out w/ high temp?

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    formula suggested that i was using improper braking technique. I don't drag brake. i use brakes heavy going into a corner and let off in the straits (as the trail allows) to let them cool. i switched to the motul brake fluid with the last bleed on my formulas last season. have not had problems yet but have not had it at northstar either. i am just wondering how often other dh's change out seals inside the lever and slave.

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