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Be sure to remember to replace the safety clip. We’ve been on
rides with some who forgot this step, only to find their pads fly out
in the middle of a rocky descent when the pin rattled loose. That’s
not a good day for anyone.
In a perfect world the brakes would clear the new pads without
rubbing and be ready to hit the trails. However, most brakes will
need to be adjusted slightly after the new pads are installed. Center
the caliper so the pads are equidistant from the rotor as you look
down through the “pad window,” and then tighten the bolts.
Depending on your riding style and how much you use the front
versus rear brake on the trail, you may only need to replace one
set of pads at a time. But if you’re already doing one, you should
at least always check the other.
A clean brake is a happy brake. Don’t be afraid to use isopropyl
alcohol on the rotor to clean off any excess grime that may have
found its way onto the rotor before testing the system.
Enjoy hitting the trails with your new stoppers, and don’t forget to
“burn them in” a little before you head out for your first ride. New
pads require nearly the same break-in period as an entirely new
set of brakes. ❏
Replace the wheel in the frame, being careful to align the rotor
between the fresh pads, and then reinstall the axle.