FILES T E C
The professional mechanics use a special tool, like this one from
SRAM. It’s essentially a razor blade that works like a guillotine to
precisely trim the hose.
If you don’t have a fancy brake-hose cutter, a utility knife on a
workbench provides the same precise cut. The only downside to
this method is that you must be working close to a workbench
you don’t mind marking up, and the cutting requires a lot of force.
As you can see, the hose is still perfectly round, and the internal
portion of the hose is unfrayed.
Once you’ve successfully cut the hose—and hopefully not the
skin on your hands with a slipped razor blade—you’ll notice the
cut is as clean as, if not cleaner than, the one done with the
professional-line cutting tool.
Now we must
install our fresh
All brakes use
fitting, which is
to as a “barb and
olive.” They can
be purchased for
less than $10 from
most any shop.
fitting kit the same
way it came off.
The rubber fitting
nut will already be
on, so simply slide
the “olive” onto