Homemade Power Bleeder

Power bleeder 480

I have brand new Hayes Prime hydraulic disc brakes on my two race mountain bikes.  Great brakes.  Reasonably light.  Easily adjustable.  Like all hydraulic brake sets, they come pre-bled from the factory.  The bummer is they come with 75′ long hydraulic lines, just in case you are installing them on a tandem or other gigantic bike.  Well, I ride a small frame bike so I have two options:  Option one is to leave the system pre-bled and roll up the extra 3 feet of brake line and tape it to frame or handlebars.  Definitely falls under the “you might be a redneck if…” category.  Option two is to shorten the lines to properly fit the bike.  But that means breaking the factory seal and allowing the possibility of air going into...

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Raleigh Talus Carbon Pro Single Speed

Raleigh SS - 4

This bike is my cross country single speed race bike. It has a twin sister that is a geared version of the same bike. Raleigh doesn’t make a single speed version of this awesome frame, nor does it come with a BB30 bottom bracket so running an eccentric is not an option. This setup replaces a rear derailleur with a Melvin tensioner. I’m running a Rotor 34t Q-ring up front and KMC hollowpin chain. Wheels are American Classic Mountain 29s, brakes are Hayes Prime, fork is the Fox Terralogic that automatically senses when to lock and unlock, crank is RaceFace Evolve, seatpost is Thompson Elite, and bars are Easton Monkey Lite Carbon. Tires are Kenda Karma 1.9″ and running tubeless. Pedals are Xpedo titanium. The bike weighs in about half a...

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Raleigh Talus Carbon Pro SRAM 1×10

Raleigh 1x10 - 3

This bike is my cross country geared race bike.  It has a twin sister that is a single speed version of the same bike.  This one features a 1×10 XX group with one exception: The rear derailleur is XO with clutch, a feature not available in XX.  This setup is essentially the 10 speed version of the new XX1 11 speed group from SRAM.  I’m running a Rotor 34t Q-ring up front and KMC hollowpin chain. Wheels are American Classic Race 29s, brakes are Hayes Prime, fork is Manitou Tower Pro with remote lock, crank is RaceFace Evolve, seatpost is Thompson Elite, and bars are Easton Monkey Lite Carbon.  Tires are Kenda Karma 1.9″ and running tubeless.  Pedals are Xpedo titanium.  The bike weighs in just under 21 pounds ready to ride and there...

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