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If you put the bike on the center stand and get the front wheel off the ground and spin the wheel and apply the brake,does it stop the wheel and if it does can you still turn the front wheel while holding the brake lever down,might just be pads bad
No, I can't turn the wheel
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Your answer is in the third post.
To get all the air out of the line try turning the bars to the left with the bike on the side stand and pump the lever.

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Your answer is in the third post.
To get all the air out of the line try turning the bars to the left with the bike on the side stand and pump the lever.
OK. I'll try that tomorrow.
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No, I can't turn the wheel
Seems like the system is WORKING as it should,now all you need to do is figure out why it's not efficient.Might it have fork oil on it?

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He said at the beginning the brake lever is touching the handlebars when he squeezes it with one finger.

And as was stated this typically occurs when there is air in the system.

My favorite way of bleeding brakes is using a clear hose over the bleeder valve so I can watch the old brake fluid and any air leave as I pump the lever and add new brake fluid as needed. The added advantage of using this method is no air is able to be pulled back in to the bleeder valve except possibly around the threads of the valve.

I'm not sure if it was mentioned in this thread but only one of the front calipers is controlled by the front brake lever.

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As some of the guys suggested, I put the bars to the left with the bike on the side stand and did the bleeding again. The presume is the same. No change at all.
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As some of the guys suggested, I put the bars to the left with the bike on the side stand and did the bleeding again. The presume is the same. No change at all.

Does that mean you can pull the lever to the grip with one finger?

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Yes. It's the same
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Watch the caliper as you pull the lever, does it have any perceptible movement? Put your hand around the hoses and pull the lever, can you feel them grow?

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As some of the guys suggested, I put the bars to the left with the bike on the side stand and did the bleeding again. The presume is the same. No change at all.
Did you try just pumping the lever in that position without opening the bleeder?

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