Your questions to MTB-Brakes

There are a lot of discussions on how to handle MTB-brakes correctly:

How to properly run-in your brakes? What is the limit of your brakes and when do they overheat?

When you just start with mountain biking, you may have the following questions:

Do you have to run-in your brakes?

Yes, of course. To protect the brakes from corrosion, the manufacturer provides them with a corrosion layer. This layer must be run-down before the brakes have 100% power.

Running them in is easy. You speed up to 25km/h in the flat ground and brake slowly with 10 to 15 impacts to 0km/h.

How to brake right?

Basically you brake in intervals, like an anti-blocking-system. Helpful for beginners: always keep your Index-finger on the brake lever.

What to do if your brakes are too hot?

Basically you brake in intervals, like an anti-blocking-system. Helpful for beginners: always keep your Index-finger on the brake lever.

Do the brakes have to be bleed regularly?

You have to bleed your brakes every two years, or if the power is less than normal.

What to do with squeaking brakes?

If the brakes only squeak in moisture, there is nothing to worry about. However, if they squeak without moisture you have to change the brake pad.

Is the weight of the brakes relevant?

For “normally” ambitious Mountain bikers, the weight of the brake is irrelevant. It is important though that the performance of the brakes fits your riding style. If you ride an E-Mountainbike in the category Trail, you ride heavy downhills and your brake must have 4 pads!

Do the brakes have to be checked before every ride?

In regular intervals, you should already check the brake lining and the brake pressure. The situation is different if the brakes squeal without moisture. Then the brake pad has got oil or other lubricants. This can easily happen if the brake pad is not maintained properly. In this case there is only one solution: the brake lining must be replaced. Otherwise you won't have the full braking power available to you.

How important is the size of your disc?

One rule is: The larger the brake stroke, the greater the braking force. Bigger discs do not overheat as fast as smaller ones.

What does Univega pay special attention to?

In every bike category, Univega installs the perfectly fitting brake-system. All brakes work with hydraulic oil. Just go to your retailer and test the bikes!

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