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    Is it possible to reduce the travel & improve the feel of my XX brakes?

    I have a new set of XX brakes I just installed and so far am disappointed with the lever travel & feel when compared to the Elixer R brakes on my other bike. My primary beef is that travel of the XX brake levers is about twice as far as that of my Elixer R's and the end point is not as solid. I already have the contact point adjustment dialed all the way out. I tried bleeding them with no improvement, but I'm not an expert. Is it worth taking the bike to the LBS mechanic to see if he can get better results form bleeding? Is there anthing else I can try?


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    I've aswered my own questions! After a little more research here I figured out how to fix the travel problem:
    1 - Remove the brake caliber from the bike
    2 - Squeeze the brake lever a few times to reduce the pad distance (be careful not to reduce it too much - you need abig enough gap to fit the pad spreader)
    3 - Use the pad spreader to make just enough clearance for the disc
    4 - Reinstall and the the caliper and the brake lever travel is now nice & short!

    As for the feel, I think a re-bleed by the lbs should eliminate the squish.

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    Will this work for Elixir 5's? I have the same complaint . . .

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    Yes

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    Would adding more fluid to the system also shorten the lever throw?

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    Re bleed is your first thought if something goes wrong with hydro brakes.
    When you finish re bleeding try to play with the pad contact adjustment bolt

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    Quote Originally Posted by fueledbymetal
    As for the feel, I think a re-bleed by the lbs should eliminate the squish.
    A proper bleeding fixed the squish and the steps above fixed teh travel, so the brakes are working awesome now

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