Five easy maintenance tips for road hydraulic disc brakes

There’s no reason to be intimidated by hydro brake upkeep

Hydraulic disc brake tips
(Image credit: Greg Kaplan)

Hydraulic disc brakes are nearly ubiquitous on all but the least expensive road bikes. DIY home mechanics fear not: keeping hydraulic disc brakes tuned for optimal performance is not complicated, and it’s likely you already own a few of the tools needed for disc brake maintenance.

While some road bike brake upkeep tips may also work for mechanical rim or disc brakes, the adjustment process for hydro brakes is slightly different. For instance, hydraulic disc brakes self-adjust for pad wear, so there’s no need to mess with barrel adjusters. Also, disc brake fluid is not compressible, so you’ll never need to pre-stretch brake lines after installation.

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