How to take care of your brakes

Notes on our hydraulic disc brake systems

Any care & service for our brakes, apart from what’s mentioned in the article below, should only be carried out by us, or a professional bicycle workshop.

Please follow the instructions about care & maintenance in our manuals and support portal articles closely.

Check brake pads regularly for wear.

Ensure that there is no dirt or oil or greasy substances on the brake pads, brake calipers and brake discs. 

Make sure not to contaminate brake rotors or pads with oil or cleaning agents. You should clean brake discs and pads with isopropyl alcohol only.

The pads should have a braking surface of 0.5 mm or more.

  • For Shimano brakes, use the brake pads specified in the specification list of your bike model.
  • All other brakes are compatible with Kool Stop KS-D620 brake pads, which you can order through us or through a local bike shop.

After any change of brake pads, you have to again follow the bedding-in procedure. 

Check the reach of the brake lever

The brake lever blades must not touch the handlebar when operated.

The reach adjustment screw can be used to change the distance of the brake lever to the handlebar.

  1. Brake lever blade
  2. Reach adjustment screw
  3. Brake hose
  4. Clamping screw


If the problem persists, do not use the bike and have the brakes checked by us or a professional bicycle workshop.
For non-Shimano brakes, contact us, or have the bicycle workshop contact us for instructions.

Check the cables & hoses

Check brake hoses regularly for wear such as kinks and external abrasion. Follow the scheduled inspection interval.

In case of abnormalities, heavy wear and visible damage to the brake hoses:

  • Do not use the bike.
  • Have the brake hoses checked by us or a bicycle workshop and repaired if necessary

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