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     Ness updated 7 years, 7 months ago 5 Members · 9 Posts
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  • Trespasser

    Member
    21 September 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I’m not going to change them or start messing as funds are low and i’m more than happy with the performance as they provide ample power for my riding style.

    However, only really ever bled car/van/and motorcycle brakes I was curious if the process was the same to bleed mountain bike brakes or would it involve purchasing a bleeding kit?

    I’m thinking the bleeding kits are like snake oil….. just something cycle suppliers convince you that you need to buy or your bike will spontaneously combust.

    The ones I have are Tektro Augiro Comps with 180 front and 160 rear discs.

    How would I set about bleeding them when the time comes

  • 20glen78

    Member
    21 September 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Not sure about them brakes mate but I had to get a bleed kit for the avids and just got the guide off the net not sure how to bleed a card brakes so couldn’t tell ya if its the same sorry pal

  • jayslee

    Member
    21 September 2013 at 1:57 pm

    by the power of GOOGLE i give you…….

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tektro-Service-Kit-Complete/dp/B0073D590I/ref=pd_bxgy_sg_text_y/278-2388501-2516331

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhKKe6av-0U

    It realy isnt worth the effing about without the bleed kit for the sake of 9 quid 😉

    my avid one was £40 and my shimano one £20,they make the job so much easier.

  • Trespasser

    Member
    21 September 2013 at 2:02 pm

    So it is a bleeding kit that’s needed? Mmmm, consider my curiosity satisfied, I did see the youtube video but thought maybe someone would have bled brakes without a kit.

    The kit as you say isn’t too badly priced, I suppose for 9 squid it could save me making a mess when the time comes.

    Many thanks

    🙂

  • the last starfighter

    Member
    21 September 2013 at 2:07 pm

    For the Tektro Auriga Comps you’ll need a syringe and some tubing (and some mineral oil, obviously). I initially got the kit for them, which is where I got the syringe from, but the amount of tubing you get is pitiful, so when it come to doing it again (I had leaky seals on mine, so they got done a lot!) I went and bought some window washer tubing from Halfords, but I think it comes in different sizes and I couldn’t tell you what it was.

    I dare say the bike mechanics in there may well do the same, so it might be worth asking them?

    Never done a car myself, so can’t compare, but it’s a pretty easy job. Fill the syringe, with a short piece of tubing attached (making sure you get rid of any air), loosen the nipple on the calliper and push your tubing on. Then there’s a small bolt on the lever (might be a torx, IIRC), remove this, as this is where the fluid will come out. Just push it through with the syringe. On the Auriga comps, the same size tubing also fits in the hole on the lever, which will help make less mess (I also ended up recycling mine, because the the 50ml bottles of fluid or pitiful too).

    Edit: To be fair, seeing that it’s only £8.99 with the fluid, it really isn’t worth faffing about to save any money on that. Just get the kit. But the washer tubing is useful for future use.

  • Trespasser

    Member
    21 September 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Cheers starfighter, the cars and m/cycles have a resevoir.. take the lid off top up with fluid then press the brakes and release the pressure through the bleed nipple on the calliper, repeat until brakes are bled.

    I was sort of thinking along the same lines with mtb hydaulics, but given the reservoir is smaller I can now see why a syringe is used. Fortunately i got tubing and a syringe but would need the fittings..

  • the last starfighter

    Member
    21 September 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Fortunately i got tubing and a syringe but would need the fittings..

    If if fits tight, I have never needed any fittings. But it does need to be a good fit or it’ll just pop off.

  • the last starfighter

    Member
    21 September 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Fortunately i got tubing and a syringe but would need the fittings..

    If if fits tight, I have never needed any fittings. But it does need to be a good fit or it’ll just pop off.

  • Ness

    Member
    21 September 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I went and bought some window washer tubing from Halfords, but I think it comes in different sizes and I couldn’t tell you what it was.

    I dare say the bike mechanics in there may well do the same, so it might be worth asking them?

    😯 Asking the “bike mechanics” (I use that term so loosely, it’s negligible) at Halfords?

    Funniest thing I’ve heard all month.

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