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    Proper Lever Firmness?

    My question is a quick one: if a fully released brake lever is "0" and a brake lever that is absolutely pinned against the handlebar is "5", where from 0 to 5 should a brake lever start getting firm? Where should it be absolutely locked and unable to travel any further?

    On my old v-brakes, I was used to getting pretty quick stops with just a little lever travel. With my new hydraulic disc brakes, it seems like I squeeze half the travel of the lever before I even notice the brakes are working. The LBS says it's fine how it is.

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    Personal preference to an extent - also depends on what model of brakes you are talking.


    hope brakes typically have more lever travel/pressure before lockup - some people call this "modulation" and find it desireable.

    newer shimanos with the servo-wave levers are more "on/off" and this may be more what you are looking for.

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    Yea, the LBS reminded me about modulation, and I get it -- having good, dialed-in brake feel and whatnot. I can imagine that being great on more responsive brakes, but I'm using plenty of grip strength on these just to lock up.

    They are Avid Elixir 1 brakes. I've read some luke-warm reviews about them -- kinda wonder if it's worth upgrading, or if I should just learn to love the different feel.

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    you may either have a little air in your lines or have leaked a little of your brake fluid out of the system. A full bleed would fix either case. You should only have to pull a few mm before the brakes begin to engage. A few more before your at full lock up, well before you are at/near the bar.
    2015 Santa Cruz 5010 C

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