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    Pugsley Brake Problems

    I have a stock 2011 pugsley with a 180mm disc up front and 160mm rear. I haven't had this problem at all since i got the bike but now am having some problems.

    Rookie question here.
    I squeeze the front brake lever, and I start to get some shaking and vibrations in the front fork which resonates up to the handlebars. Is there anything I can do to fix this? or has anyone had this happen to them before?

    I tried taking off the wheel and putting it back on, didn't work. Tried fine tuning the brake and that didn't seem to help either.

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    Have you tried cleaning /degreasing your pads and discs?
    - a quick 'sand' of the pads and a good IPA wipe down of the discs - should tell you if they have gotten contaminated.

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    Pugsley Brake Problems

    You may just need new pads, or try realigning the caliper again. Loosen the bolts a fair bit, and grab the caliper and give it a good wiggle to get all of the washers unseated from one another and give it another go.

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    Your front disk might be warped or oil/contamination on the disc

    Turn the bike upside down, spin the wheel and watch for the gap at the pads.

    Alternatively, a sand of the disc Andre then a good wipe with ipa.

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    IPA = Isopropyl Alcohol

    Not the good kind of IPA
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    I will have to head to the store to grab both kinds of IPA tonight! Thanks!

    would that also fix squeaky disc brakes? (another rookie question, just got into mountain biking from road biking... you guys are much more friendly and laid back compared to them )

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    Pugsley Brake Problems

    You can use a green scotch pad to prep the rotor, then alcohol like suggested. Loose hardware on the caliper or rotor will cause noise and vibrations. I find its easiest to start at square one with brake setup when issues arise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    You may just need new pads, or try realigning the caliper again. Loosen the bolts a fair bit, and grab the caliper and give it a good wiggle to get all of the washers unseated from one another and give it another go.
    how long do pads typically last? I know it depends on use but roughly how many miles?

    thanks for your advice

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    Pugsley Brake Problems

    ^^they last until they are gone, varies too much with conditions, terrain, riders style, brand of pad to make a call. Visual inspection is all you need to know if they are gone or not. If you've not changed them since 2011...it might be time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRock24 View Post
    I will have to head to the store to grab both kinds of IPA tonight! Thanks!

    would that also fix squeaky disc brakes? (another rookie question, just got into mountain biking from road biking... you guys are much more friendly and laid back compared to them )
    It might - depending on why they're squeaking! Unfortunately it's not an exact science.

    Another thing to check is that the bolts holding the disc on are tight
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    Quote Originally Posted by drofluf View Post
    Another thing to check is that the bolts holding the disc on are tight
    Also the bolts holding the calliper,
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