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  1. #1
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    It might be a dumb question but...

    why not to make the hydro disk brake lines clear?

    They usually come in black or stainless steel, but why? (UV problems maybe?)
    If it is clear, you can bleed easier and would also be able to know when to change
    the oil as well. Please tell me why!

    Thanks in advance!

    Last edited by THE DESIGNER; 10-06-2008 at 02:04 PM.

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    It's a good idea, but as far as I know hydraulic hoses need to have either a nylon or steel braid to help prevent expansion. There is an inner hose (plastic/PVC), then the nylon/steel braid, then an outer coating to protect the braid.

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    Is there not a steel core on the inside? If so then you wouldn't see anything anyways, otherwise good question
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    As soon as we can have transperi-steel, we can have clear hydraulic lines. Let's get the Trekkies on this (the sci-fi fans, not the bike company fan-boys).
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    Clear would be nice but my wish is for braided Ti lines. Plastic weight with less expansion.

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    ProStop Discs (Mountain Cycles) had clear hoses. It was a really large diameter (compared to modern hoses) , almost felt like a big plastic drinking straw...
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