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    Making the XTR brakes lighter.

    So I just shaved 8 grams from my brakes plus made them look more sleek by replacing the bleed nipple, seal ring, and cap with the bleed screw. 8 grams is whatever but I really dig the new look. what do you think?

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    Wouldn't that introduce air bubbles when you insert the bleed screw?

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    ^ you can avoid that by holding the screw as the highest point on the caliper and injecting the MC at the same time as screwing it in - but it's tricky and now you've got a place for dirt to accumulate.

    Sry we're not too enthusiastic about it. Maybe the weight weenies will give you more spirit. But it's a rear brake - not really that important. You can run a 140mm rotor.

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    ^ I did it to the front brake as well. i didn't really do it for the weight, more for the looks. i would run a 140 rotor but there isn't a 6 bolt ice tech out there.

    as far as actually doing it, no problem at all. just make sure you retract the pads all the way before you take the nipple out. i didn't have to remove my brakes at all.

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    I have to ask, what's the point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mazspeed View Post
    I have to ask, what's the point?
    LOL, same here, why?
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    The point is I like the way it looks. The bleed screw is included with the brakes so I thought I'd use it. That's all.

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    I can't tell you how many times while riding my bike I look down at my bleeder screws

    I'm sorry but...really? Next time start with washing your bike

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    I could remove my rear brakes lever, caliper, seatpost and seat and use my ass to stop the bike and in doing so save nearly 2 pound!
    Pivot mach 6!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cityloopcycles View Post
    The point is I like the way it looks. The bleed screw is included with the brakes so I thought I'd use it. That's all.
    Ok cool, I can see that. Since you weighed the difference, I figured you were going for a weight loss trick, for a few grams it would not have been worth the trouble. Looks fine though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaveOn View Post
    I'm sorry but...really? Next time start with washing your bike
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    Only time I wash bike is when I'm going to tear whole bike down for yearly maintenance/inspection.
    Really? Once a year cleaning?

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    I did the same when I got mine installed, it's looks better and lighter I find. I'm aslo running a Avid CleanSweep X 140mm R and a 160mm F

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    Quote Originally Posted by cityloopcycles View Post
    The point is I like the way it looks. The bleed screw is included with the brakes so I thought I'd use it. That's all.
    thats not just a screw, its a bleed valve, its there so you can bleed your system.

    is there other way to bleed it without it?
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    Bleed screw? What you have there looks like a bog standard hex bolt. Bleeding's gonna be real messy and a royal pain if you don't have a way to collect all the fluid that comes out... Unless you carry a spare bleed nipple everywhere that is. Does look neat though.

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    ^So I dont actually ever bleed my brakes trailside so I wouldnt need to carry a nipple around but it's easy actually, you just use this http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/images/pr...mall/24725.jpg to bleed the brake.

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    why exactly do the brakes come with that little plug/bolt?

    Is it used for something??

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    Quote Originally Posted by cityloopcycles View Post
    Really? Once a year cleaning?
    You are taking my comments out of context.

    But if you really must know, I never sit there and "wash my bike" except for a yearly 100% tear down. I do wipe it down with a damp rag once in a while however. My main goal is to ride. Not sure why you took the time to dig through my other postings to get that quote. I'm not sure if I should feel honored or file a restraining order

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaveOn View Post
    You are taking my comments out of context.

    But if you really must know, I never sit there and "wash my bike" except for a yearly 100% tear down. I do wipe it down with a damp rag once in a while however. My main goal is to ride. Not sure why you took the time to dig through my other postings to get that quote. I'm not sure if I should feel honored or file a restraining order
    Just don't be d-bag. Nothing I posted warranted a smart ass remark from you or anyone else. I don't care about your cleaning habits why point out others.

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    Yep, just the look for pimpin down at the Qwicky Mart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cityloopcycles View Post
    Just don't be d-bag. Nothing I posted warranted a smart ass remark from you or anyone else.
    Hold on there city...you have your bleed screws too tight.
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    what do you think?
    Why ask us what we think? (rhetorical)

    Listen, I'm positive you are all excited about your disc brake mod and thats cool. However, if you post online asking others "what do you think?"....you can't expect everyone to go along with what ever you feed them or play pattycake. But seriously, relax and try not to taco yourself. Its all good

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaveOn View Post
    Hold on there city...you have your bleed screws too tight.
    that's funny. its cool though man. catch you at the next rave keep the opinions coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akacoke View Post
    thats not just a screw, its a bleed valve, its there so you can bleed your system.

    is there other way to bleed it without it?
    It is, in fact, just a screw. the bleed nipple is there so you can bleed your system without using a different tool. the screw is there to plug it. there are two ways to bleed the system, when you're using the bleed nipple when you're using the bleed screw. check it out.
    http://techdocs.shimano.com/media/te...9830710606.pdf

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    I think it looks great. Next time, post this in the weight weenie forum to avoid all the insults. Definately more constructive criticism there for something like this. BTW, I'm gonna do this now.
    Now u just need to replace the caliper bolts with ti.

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