Using SRAM’s new
brake Bleeding Edge
Remember when bleeding brakes was the absolute worst maintenance job on a bike? You’d have to break out the plastic squeeze bottles full of carcinogenic
chemicals, fashion little catch containers from used Mountain
Dew bottles and bent spokes hanging over the handlebars, and
even then you weren’t guaranteed that the bleed would work.
Unfortunately, what you were guaranteed was a toxic spill of
brake fluid on the garage floor and a 50-percent chance of
coming away with a squishy brake and contaminated pads.
SRAM is looking to solve this issue with its new bleeding system
dubbed “Bleeding Edge.” The system uses a nifty quick-release
port on the caliper to reduce fluid loss and to streamline a
process that used to be the biggest maintenance headache
on the planet. The Bleeding Edge is currently only available
on SRAM’s Guide Ultimate brakes, but will most likely find
its way onto the rest of their brake lines very soon. We show
you how the system works in this month’s “Garage Files.”
—A SRAM Bleeding Edge bleed kit (Available from SRAM.com)
—Torx key set with a T10 bit
—Clean shop rag
—Isopropyl alcohol in a squirt bottle
—Scriber and 2.5-millimeter Allen wrench (not pictured)
Start by removing the
wheel. Set this in a
safe place away from
the bleeding action.
Remove the E-clip and pad retainer bolt using the scriber and
2.5-millimeter Allen wrench. Then remove the pads through the
back of the caliper and set aside.