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    Free Stroke During Bleeds?

    What setting should you have the free stroke screw at while bleeding 2011+ brakes?

    More free stroke = more available volume right in the reservoir?

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    yep, i agree with that.
    if the screw is out it allows for more oil volume

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    So if you bled with a good amount Of free Stroke and then later reduced the free stroke, would the extra oil in the system put stress on the seals?

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    If I turn the free stroke all the way out, bleed the brakes and then turn it in, will the brakes be super tight?

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    how about the reach adjuster setting, all the way out or in?

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    Shimano's bleed process specifically indicates to start at the factory settings which is free stroke all the way in and lever reach all the way out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OGWGFIWRT View Post
    Shimano's bleed process specifically indicates to start at the factory settings which is free stroke all the way in and lever reach all the way out.
    Avid Elixirs say to do the same (Pad contact adjust on Avids), put it all the way in. I did it this way a couple years, finally tried bleeding with the stroke adjust halfway and it worked much better.
    With the greater volume it made the stroke adjust actually do something to adjust both ways, the brakes are much more tunable now.
    I'd imagine the same principle applies to Shimano, I don't know why both companies recommend otherwise. Hasn't caused any problems for me in the six months since my last bleed.
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    Umm... how does it matter what the reach adjust is at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by staikeinthahood View Post
    Umm... how does it matter what the reach adjust is at?
    They probably just don't want you to bleed with the lever all the way in. It'd make it tough to fill the reservoir properly when releasing the lever and adding fluid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by staikeinthahood View Post
    If I turn the free stroke all the way out, bleed the brakes and then turn it in, will the brakes be super tight?
    Nope! I tried exactly that and nothing happened. I'm starting to think that 'free stroke' actually means 'free screw'. What Shimano has done is stuck a free screw in the side that sits there and lets us all have fun screwing around (ba boom) with no affect at all.

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    Haha, thanks though.

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