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    Recycling Shimano brake hose?

    I'm wondering if it's an OK idea to reuse someone's old Shimano brake hose.

    I just replaced my 100mm fork with a 140mm one and now my front brake hose is just barely long enough to make it in a straight line from lever to caliper. I'd like to replace it with longer hose so it can go through the fork's hose guide and on the inside of the fork leg, but my LBS is charging $40 for a hose, so I thought maybe I could find someone willing to sell/donate old hose (perhaps a rear hose) to use. I already have oil and a barb/olive. Is this a decent idea? I wouldn't reuse housing but hose seems like it probably doesn't degrade in performance with use like housing does.


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    To many variables to give a definitive answer. It could be fine or it could cause a nightmare. $40 for a brake line seems like a decent price to pay for something you know will give you years of trouble free service.

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    Just make sure you get the right diameter hose. Shimano has two different hoses with different inner diameters ... and therefore two different sizes of barbs/olives.

    You can use this link to Universal Cycles website to ID the type of hose you need based on the barb/olive you have ... just match the color of the barb.

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