• 11-26-2012
    fatoldaggie
    newbie to hydraulic disc questions
    Sorry for the basic Q's... appreciate links to FAQ's etc.

    I have about 15 rides on my Trek Sawyer, it has "Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic disc brakes"

    I've noticed now that there is a fair amount of "play" in the levers before the brake is engaged; this was not the case when new.

    Is this normal? What is the adjustment I should make?

    Also - can someone explain to me the advantages of hydraulic vs cable-actuated disc brakes?

    thanks.
  • 11-26-2012
    fatoldaggie
  • 11-26-2012
    007
    Great bike. I've got last year's sawyer and love it.

    It's hard to say without actually experiencing the lever feel, however, when you say "play," what does that mean? More movement in the lever before the pad's engage (a.k.a. free stroke)?

    Is the stopping power the same?
  • 11-26-2012
    fatoldaggie
    Yes, free stroke. Lever moves most of the way to the bar before brake engages.

    Max braking force is the same, I guess. Brakes still work anyway. Just wondering what I should be looking out for, care and maintenance etc.
  • 11-26-2012
    007
    Sounds like there's air in the system that has migrated to the lever. Not unheard of for Avid brakes to need a bleed out of the box. I'd hit up your LBS since the bike is so new and make them do it.
  • 11-27-2012
    fatoldaggie
    cool, thanks... any thoughts on why / whether hydraulic is supposed to be better than cable?
  • 11-27-2012
    jeffscott
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by fatoldaggie View Post
    cool, thanks... any thoughts on why / whether hydraulic is supposed to be better than cable?

    Less friction in the force transmission to the brake...lighter now a days....

    Most hydraulics both pistons move and self adjust.

    Most cable brakes only move one piston and require on going adjustment.