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     Threevok updated 4 years, 1 month ago 2 Members · 4 Posts
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  • SBenny

    Member
    16 August 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Evening All,

    Need to pick the brains of those more (bike) mechanically minded than myself. 🙄

    Initially and as I suspected with all this hot weather my brakes were seized. After rectifying the the front, I took the rear caliper off the mount to find some serious fluid p*ssing from it. If anyone’s any thoughts in to this I’d be grateful. Now without personally probing further I’m thinking its a seal gone (optimistic view) or could be worse and could result in a new set of brakes (which such a bad thing with the 1’s being way over due an upgrade….which leads me onto my 2nd(ish) question/dilemma.

    The rotors that are currently on there are avid 170 front 160 rear. If I were to switch to SLXs would the front take their 180 (it’s a 29er by the way) or drop to their 160 and use for front & rear? Also would they fit directly as the E1s have or would I require the mounts they offer as part of the package (post to IS , Post to Post) or are they as I suspect dependant on the size of the rotor used?

    On the other hand and just to throw a curve ball in, could I get Codes or XOs and just use existing rotors…. Which may or may not save a few bob…

    Also with the E1’s that are currently (squatting) on there , the tubing is fed through the frame. If I am to replace the brakes is it a case of disconnecting at either end – reconnecting the new brakes and bleeding them or……..would I have to painstakingly feed the new set through (admittedly not having a scooby where to start for this).

    Many questions but hopefully there’s someone around to pass on such wisdom….

    As usual all thoughts/advice/suggests are more than welcome

    Cheers

    Sam

  • Threevok

    Member
    17 August 2016 at 10:34 am

    You will have to change the hoses – especially when switching from Avid to Shimano – as Avids use DOT fluid – Shimano use mineral Oil

    Speaking as an E1 owner myself – I would bin them and switch to something else. They are OK but a pain to bleed and maintain

  • SBenny

    Member
    17 August 2016 at 10:53 am

    Hi pal. To be fair the £80 odd to sort the rear on outdated E1s which like you say are a pain to bleed etc. I’ve gone with getting some XTs. Mineral oil seems not a bad way to go.

    Sam

  • Threevok

    Member
    17 August 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Hi pal. To be fair the £80 odd to sort the rear on outdated E1s which like you say are a pain to bleed etc. I’ve gone with getting some XTs. Mineral oil seems not a bad way to go.

    Sam

    Good choice.

    I couldn’t afford XT’s on my new build (keeping the costs down) so I went for the LX treking brake for the moment,

    But when I do upgrade to XT’s you can bet the LX’s will be replacing the E1’s on the GT

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