When well set up, disc brakes provide powerful and consistent braking, as well as being quiet in most conditions.
Whenever you change the disc brake pads or rotors, it’s essential that you wear off surface glaze and contamination to enable optimal performance. Bedding in your disc brakes transfers some of the pad’s material onto the rotor to enable them to better mate together.
It’s best to bed in your disc brakes in a controlled manner rather than just going out for a ride, to avoid transferring too much material and clogging the pores of the disc brake rotor.
In this guide, we’ll take you through some simple steps on how to bed in your disc brakes. Although we’ve demonstrated the process on a gravel bike, these steps are also applicable to road, hybrid and mountain bikes. 1. Make sure both pads and rotors are clean
The pads and rotor should be spotless. Steve Sayers / Our Media
One of the biggest mistakes riders make is putting new pads into a system where the rotors are already dirty with oils or other contaminants.
Whenever you change your pads, make sure you scrupulously clean the disc brake rotor with either isopropyl alcohol or a specific disc brake cleaner. Make sure you use a lint-free rag to remove any residue.The pad and braking surface of the rotor work as a pair. Kaden Gardener / Our Media Also, avoid touching the braking surface of the rotor or the pad material with your fingers because the oils in […]