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    Hydraulic disks, help

    I saw a guy on craigslist selling Avid Elixir 5 system for $40, he said they just need to bleed. He's not including the disks. I have regular disk breaks..do I need to buy new disks or I can just put on the hydraulic breaks and keep my old disks?

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    What are "regular" disc "breaks"? If they're broken, I wouldn't buy them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    What are "regular" disc "breaks"? If they're broken, I wouldn't buy them.
    Just regular disks breaks, not hydraulic ones. They're not broken, they just need maintenance I guess. The guys says they work just fine

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    A bleed should cost around $30 per brake at your LBS, so factor that cost in. Can you post the link here so we can see the brakes and give you a better idea of their worth? To answer your question, you can use the same rotors for mechanical and hydraulic disc brakes.

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    Also make sure they don't need new pads...a $45 brake set could turn into much more with $60 in bleeding and $50 in pads for both calipers. $45 would be a better deal if you could do the bleed yourself or if they had new(ish) pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    Also make sure they don't need new pads...a $45 brake set could turn into much more with $60 in bleeding and $50 in pads for both calipers. $45 would be a better deal if you could do the bleed yourself or if they had new(ish) pads.
    Avid Elixir 5 Hydraulic disc Brakes

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    He didn't give as much info as I thought he would lol I'd give them a shot. They're a couple years old, but I really like that era of Avid brakes. Talk to your LBS first and see what they charge for bleeding them and see if they've got some pads in stock. Let us know what you decide to do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    He didn't give as much info as I thought he would lol I'd give them a shot. They're a couple years old, but I really like that era of Avid brakes. Talk to your LBS first and see what they charge for bleeding them and see if they've got some pads in stock. Let us know what you decide to do!
    Do you think they're worth it ? I'm gonna email the and ask him the condition of the pads

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    They are not a bad set of brakes - and if you have poor hearing you will love them (reason I got rid of my Avid Elixer 5 was no matter what I did I couldnt stop the howling). For $30 plus maybe $70 of maintenance (less if it becomes a DIY project) and you are good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    They are not a bad set of brakes - and if you have poor hearing you will love them (reason I got rid of my Avid Elixer 5 was no matter what I did I couldnt stop the howling). For $30 plus maybe $70 of maintenance (less if it becomes a DIY project) and you are good to go.
    Ok thanks!

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    You can do a search on e-bay to see what things are selling for. You could also look for something new that might not be a lot more expensive.

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    Ouch, that much for bleeding? I'm new to disc brakes, on bikes, but I do my own cars/trucks all the time. Is this not something an average Joe can do? Is it similar to a car?

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    you should get new pads and a new bleed anyway when purchasing disc brakes second hand. yes, you can use your old rotors...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Back-N-Black View Post
    ...Is this not something an average Joe can do? Is it similar to a car?
    pretty much exactly the same as a car...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Back-N-Black View Post
    Ouch, that much for bleeding? I'm new to disc brakes, on bikes, but I do my own cars/trucks all the time. Is this not something an average Joe can do? Is it similar to a car?
    Not difficult to do.

    The tech docs will help.
    Service Resources - Avid | SRAM

    ...and I use the bleedbicycles.com bleed kit. (cheaper than Avid, but pretty good quality)

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    Does it matter whether it is automotive DOT 3 or DOT 4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Back-N-Black View Post
    Does it matter whether it is automotive DOT 3 or DOT 4?
    Depends on what your brakes call for. It's usually labelled somewhere on the lever or perhaps read the manual. E.g. Shimano uses mineral oil while AVID uses DOT 5.1

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    High Quality and inexpensive bleed kits. Including Dot 5.1 fluid.

    BleedBicycles.com - Bleed Bicycles Cycling Products

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    Duplicate post by accident
    Last edited by Ev52; 12-15-2012 at 12:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ev52 View Post
    High Quality and inexpensive bleed kits. Including Dot 5.1 fluid.

    BleedBicycles.com - Bleed Bicycles Cycling Products
    I've used the bleeder kits from Bleedbicycles - they work well and the owner is continuously improving the product.

    They cost about 1/2 of the Avid kits.

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