Member17 June 2009 at 7:29 pm
Hi, I’ve only just started getting into mountain biking again in the last year. I bought the Specialized rockhopper comp disc 2008 last august. Not had one problem with it until now.
The disc breaks are avid juicy 3. The front one does not seem to be gripping properly. There is loads of break pad left and I have checked to see if any oil has got onto the pads. I have never had hydraulic disc breaks before so have limited knowledge. If anyone knows of any reason this would occur I’d greatly appreciate your help. Cheers Joe
Member17 June 2009 at 7:41 pm
When you use the front brake does the lever go all the way down to the bars? Or does it bite further up?
Try taking the front wheel out, jam a large flat head screw driver between the pads, and wiggle it left to right which should press the pads back. Put the wheel back on, tighten, and then press the brake leaver 4-5 times and the pads should align.
Member17 June 2009 at 7:49 pm
it bites further up which is why I presumed they didn’t need bleeding. Cheers for the reply I’ll go and give that a shot now. Then I’ll get back to say whether it worked or not. Cheers joe.
Member17 June 2009 at 7:55 pm
I tried as you mentioned and tbh it does seem a little better. But still doesn’t seem to be gripping strongly enough. I wouldn’t trust taking it down even a slight hill at the moment. I really don’t understand what could be the problem. The bike isn’t particularly old and hasn’t been used a mass amount.
Member17 June 2009 at 9:02 pm
Just had this problem with mine. The little metal spring clip wasnt seated properly, not sure how that happened. just had to take apart and put back together again properly.
Member17 June 2009 at 9:07 pm
Ok cheers, I’ll give it a shot.
Member17 June 2009 at 9:37 pm
Well I dismantled it and put it back together. At first it looked as though it was going to work but once I jumped on the bike and pulled the lever it was even worse. Now the lever goes a lot further before it bites.
Member18 June 2009 at 8:28 am
I would be tempted to try some new pads, you could try bleeding them too. BTW when you prise the pads apart I would cover the head of the screwdriver in a clean rag so you do not damage the pads.
Member18 June 2009 at 12:19 pm
I gave in. Just taken the whole break off and taking it to the shop tomorrow to get it fixed. Cheers for every ones help though. It’s appreciated. Joe
Member25 June 2009 at 10:03 pm
you could have taken the wheel off and then pumped the lever until the pads touch, then push them apart slightly with a screwdriver and refit the wheel.
this will bring the pads closer to the disc, you’ll get more bite.
Plus if you haven’t used the bike much the pads/discs will still be bedding in.