Hydraulic Brakes Bike Installation

Service Price: $55

If you currently have mechanical disc brakes on your ebike, it may be a good idea to convert over to hydraulic disc brakes. With a mechanical disc brake, when you pull the ebike brake lever, you are pulling a cable that actuates the caliper to close the brake pads onto the rotor. Because of this, your braking power with mechanical disc brakes is entirely reliant on your hand strength. As your hands get fatigued on a long ride, you may not be able to get the same braking power, as your hands can’t squeeze the brake levers as tightly. This is where the hydraulic disc brakes really excel. Hydraulic brakes have been around for a long time on cars and motorcycles, but it took a little while before the technology reached bicycles. However, once the technology reached bicycles, it was a game changer. With hydraulic disc brakes, instead of pulling a cable to actuate the ebike calipers, they have a fluid inside of hoses that runs from the brake lever to the brake caliper. When you pull the ebike hydraulic brake lever, it pushes the fluid, which then closes the brake calipers onto the rotor. With this design, your brake lever does all the work for you, so your hands getting tired does not affect your braking power. This is especially beneficial when riding an ebike, as ebikes tend to be a bit heavier and travel at faster speeds. It is this added weight and speed that makes having extra responsive and powerful brakes so useful. If you are looking to take your ebike to the next level, then our ebike hydraulic disc brake install service is perfect for you!

For our ebike hydraulic brake system install, we will only install closed system hydraulic brakes. This means that brand new in the box, the hydraulic brake levers and calipers are already pre-bled with fluid and hose already installed. To start the service, we first remove your old disc brake system from your bike. To do this, we first disconnect the ebike brake cable from the calipers. With the brake cables removed, we then unmount the brake caliper and remove it from the ebike frame. With the caliper off of the bike, we then remove the brake lever from the handlebars. When we take the ebike brake lever off, we take the old brake cable and housing with it. The only things we keep from the old set up are the rotors. With the old brake system completely removed, we can now install the new hydraulic brake system. First, we line up the brake lever and caliper in their places and route the hydraulic hose around the frame as needed (we do not cut and internally route the hose, as we will only install the closed, pre-bled systems). Once the hose has been lined up along the frame, we then mount the brake caliper onto the ebike frame. We do not tighten the hydraulic brake caliper all the way down, as we will still need to adjust it.

We then slide the hydraulic brake lever onto the handlebars, and tighten it down into place. With the lever and caliper now attached to the frame, we attach the hydraulic hose to the frame, so it is not hanging loose and stays close to the frame. With the hydraulic hose attached to the frame as well, we can now adjust the hydraulic caliper. The nice part about adjusting hydraulic calipers versus mechanical is that hydraulic brake calipers are what we call “self centering”. What this means is that the pistons that push the brake pads push out evenly on both sides and at the same rate. Mechanical brake calipers only have a piston that pushes from one side, so the adjustment is a bit more difficult. With hydraulic brakes, we can lock up the brakes on the rotor and tighten down and a majority of the time, the caliper will now be centered around the rotor. With the adjustment complete, we torque down your brake calipers, and your ebike is now ready to ride with all new hydraulic brakes installed!

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