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If you’re replacing your pads because they’re contaminated and
not because they’re worn, sometimes you can file them down
to remove the contaminated portion and breathe some new life
into them. However, it’s usually best practice to simply replace
Now give the entire caliper a bath using the isopropyl alcohol and
a clean paper towel. Remove as much grime and old brake dust
as possible, and let it dry out for a few minutes.
We’re ready to slide the new pads into place. Our X0 Trail brakes
are designed with top-loading pads, although some older brakes
from other brands may require the pads be loaded from the
With the pads fully retracted and the caliper clean, we’re ready to
install the new pads. It’s easiest to do this by making a “spring
sandwich” with the two pads and the H-spring in the middle.
Replace the pad pin and tighten to keep the pads in place. This
is a fairly low-torque bolt and only needs to be snugged and not
Hydraulic brake pads are designed to automatically compensate
for pad wear by creeping in gradually as the pad wears down.
Many riders will tell you to use a flathead screwdriver directly on
the pads to push them apart, but this will likely gouge the pad
material. Instead, use a more blunt object like the end of a wrench
to gently push the pistons apart and back to their fully retracted