Disc Brakes in Muddy Conditions

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    • #113384

      I have Avid Elixirs on my bike, and I recently moved to England and took it for a rip around the trails in some really muddy and wet conditions. Today, when wheeling my bike outside, I noticed that both brakes are rubbing on the rotors, especially the front one. It doesn’t seem likely to me that I knocked both of the rotors way out of true on a single ride, so I was wondering if maybe I could have gotten some mud behind the pads in the piston area. Is that a possibility? If anyone else has had a similar experience, or has an idea about what might be causing this, let me know. Thanks!

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      Also, another note: this is my first time living in a wet and muddy climate, so if there are any precautions I need to take (like moving the pads out, for example), please share!

    • #113386

      Verify to see if there’s mud or crud residue between the pad and rotor, stuff tends to get there and rub.

    • #113387

      There could just be some gunk on the pads/rotor. Usually it’ll work itself out, but it’s a good idea to wash your bike after muddy rides:

      http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-re … asy-steps/

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