The buzz surrounding hydraulic disc brakes on road bikes has been ongoing for several months. Better stopping power, better modulation, no wet weather braking issues, and the ability to run wider tires are among the touted features. No wonder the cycling industry has fully embraced this burgeoning technology. Nearly every bike maker has a disc brake equipped road bike in its 2014 line-up. Some have several.
But what about maintenance? Outside of swapping out pads and occasionally changing cables and housing, traditional caliper brakes pretty much take care of themselves. Hydraulics, on the other hand, need to be bled from time to time.
Big chore? Sure it’s a little more involved. But as this video demonstrates, bleeding SRAM’s road disc brakes is a task that’s within reach for most home mechanics.
Video Courtesy Global Cycling Network