Should I Service my brakes, or upgrade them
Hi. I am currently running Tecktro HDC-300 Brakes, which were rubish the day I first used them. Over the last 10 months, their preformance has decrease significantly, to the point where stopping distance has been affected (now as much as 15-20m when riding at 50kmh .. used to be 5). I have tuned the caliper position, and they still suck.
Now that I have to bleed them and replace the pads, I was wondering, is it actually worth keeping the brakes and investing in Tecktro speicfic gear, or should I throw them away. I dont have a bleed kit nor pads, so that would cost me about 50 euros, while a new set of Deore brakes would be about 90 euros.
Also should i keep the current teckro disks if i upgrade, or would those have to be reaplaced??
Your old rotors can be used on new brakes.
Keep the rotors (assuming they're in good condition). Just clean them up.
Get new brakes though. Tektro is ok to start with, but not worth fixing. You can also try to sell them to an intrepid kid that's just starting out. Even when they're bad, they're still better than what's on most big box store bikes. I love my Avid BB7 mechanicals, because they're mechanical. No bleeding, easily fixed and adjusted on the trail. Any level of schimano hydraulics are good too, just have to deal with the whole hydraulics part. Better brakes, but more to deal with.
If your on a budget I'd just get some Shimano Deore brakes. Install them and ride. They work as well as any of the higher end Shimano brakes. I've got a set of XT's from 2010 and the only time I've bled them was to shorten the hoses.
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