How Often do you Bleed Your Hydraulic MTB Brakes?

Of course how often riders bleed their brakes depends on a number of factors.
photo: Matt Miller

Singletracks reader Shredthewest0804 recently posed this question on the forums and received a number of good responses, but it got us wondering what’s normal, and what’s not.

(Whether you do this yourself, or take it to the shop.)

Then, tell us in the comments how you decide how often you need to bleed. Do some products require more maintenance than others? How do conditions or riding style affect the need to bleed? Is it better to be safe than sorry?