What do I need to know about the brakes before riding the woom NOW?
While hydraulic disc brakes offer exceptional braking power with minimal force and are easy to modulate, they require some time to reach their optimal performance levels. This period of breaking in the brakes is called 'bedding in' the brakes, and is a necessary process with new bikes. Bedding them in ensures that the disc brake rotor and brake pads will work properly together. Find a safe, traffic-free location, ideally slightly downhill and follow these steps:
- Accelerate the bike.
- Alternate between the front and rear brake, using a decent amount of force until the bike comes to a stop.
- After you have repeated the first two steps a few times, you'll notice a significant improvement in the braking performance.
- You will know when the brakes are bedded in because there will be no further increase in braking performance. Any loud squealing of the brakes should subside, as well.
For a deep dive on disc brakes, check out our blog here.