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How to Bleed your Brakes with Chuck from SRAM

Chuck from SRAM Technical University teaches us how to properly bleed out Avid brakes for Tech Tuesday.

42 Comments

  • + 22
 thank you
  • + 2
 Don't waste the alcohol! Nice video though, thanks!
  • + 24
 that was easy as hell. if PB keeps giving us good stuff like this, my bike will never see the inside of a shop again..
  • + 0
 wrong close the clamp on the lever syringe before vacuuming bubbles out of caliper...?
  • + 2
 thank you for uploading this. just bled my brakes and this was great!!!
  • + 15
 I wish all compaines did this for their brakes.
  • + 3
 Hey, i use a oil from BMW 730 d Big Grin i use it on elixir R.. and it works better.. Smile My father have BMW.. and i is more cheaper Smile
  • + 0
 da ta ea v omreliq spamer Big Grin
  • + 1
 This video is missing two critical steps:
1. Before bleeding: Lever reach should be retracted all the way in, then backed out 25%.
2. After bleeding: The pads need to be advanced. Follow these steps:
(1 - Adjust the lever reach to approx 1/4 out from the all the way in setting (70-75mm from center of bar to tip of lever).
(2 - If lever has contact adjustment knob, adjustment all the way OUT! (Least contact setting, opposite direction of the arrow).
(3 - Pump the brake lever until the pads are 1mm apart - width of a zip tie.
(4 - Pry the pads apart, via pad block, just enough to slip rotor in without too much force (1.9-2mm). Pads will adjust out slightly after first few pulls of lever.
(5 - Then adjust reach to suit taste and contact adjust to tight pads more if needed.
  • + 2
 Funny how a SRAM tech don't use the SRAM pit stop DOT 5.1 oil... he knows how bubbly this oil is, try something else. Good video though!
  • + 1
 what oil is the best to use
  • + 4
 great instruction on the bleed however that camera work was really bad.
  • + 3
 $40 is not bad at all. Shimano's high end bleed kit retails for like $150.
  • + 1
 really really good Chuck!!! obviously some of these other morons cant figure out the point of the excercise , best video out so far ... thanks it worked really well
  • + 2
 Shame the avid bleed kit is so expensive, £35 for 2 syringes and a bit of tube!
  • + 1
 yes and extremely unreliable has to replace ours every 3 months in our shop!
  • + 2
 Thanks, nice easy step-by-step guide.
  • + 1
 don't ever but an elixir 3 hey are unreliable and never bleed well get elixir 1 or 5 instead
  • + 2
 Does anyone know if the procedure is any different for Code?
  • + 3
 Nope! Its the exact same method with any Avid brake. Only varies if your brake has Pad Contact adjustment.
  • + 1
 will this technical not apply to the elixir cr brake?
  • + 2
 Stills apply to the CR brake. Just use the same method as above.
  • + 1
 Nice video. First time will take time, but with some routine it takes 3 minutes and it's very easy.
  • + 2
 how do you remove the old oil?
  • + 2
 when you bleed the system through new oil replaces old.
  • + 1
 so dose any one know can this kit be used with uther brakes like me has hayes 9 / juicy 7
  • + 1
 thanks a lot, my codes are done now
  • + 1
 is this the same for avid code?
  • + 1
 excellent thank you very much helped me Smile
  • + 1
 ill have ti try that myself now...
  • + 1
 Thanks for this video. helped me get my brakes bled and was super easy.
  • + 1
 Thank you very much ! This video helped me alot !
  • + 0
 When i first saw the tittle i thought it said " How to bleed your brains with chuck norris" Blank Stare
  • - 2
 hayes and shimano arent the worlds best brakes now are they.......
  • + 2
 sounds like your a tight ass with money Razz . pay for quallity and this is what you get 40 bucks is nothing.
  • + 2
 I agree what a rip off
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