Need some advice here.
Bought a 2011 Trek X-Caliber in August of last year (new). The rear wheel gave me all kinds of problems, and I ended up having it rebuilt by a different shop than the one I bought it from (long story). When I got the wheel home, I threw the cassette on it, but in my haste, did not put the rotor on. I put it on the bike, gave the crank a few revolutions, and then squeezed the rear brake lever.
When the wheel didn't initially stop, I squeezed a second time before I realized what I had done. The pads had come together.
I used a small flat-headed screwdriver to pry them apart, but I noticed a small bit of brake fluid had come out from around one of the pistons. I took the pads off to inspect that they had not been contaminated, and I don't think that they were.
I put the rotor back on, and the brake seemed to build pressure well, however the stopping power did not return to what it should have been. I was thinking about attempting a bleed the other day, when I pulled pads off, and noticed a little bit of what appeared to be brake fluid on the backs of both of them....
So I'm torn. I don't love these brakes, but I don't necessarily want to pitch them either. I believe the caliper needs to be rebuilt, and the system bled.
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