Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Hendersonville, NC in summers and The Villages, FL in winters
What Might Cause this Change in Front Brake Behavior
Over the last few days, I changed both tires on my 2012 XCT. I did not bleed the brakes and I did NOT replace the brake fluid, pads, or rotors. While the wheels were off the bike, I did squeeze the brake levers/pedal a bit to push the pistons out on all three calipers a little and I then cleaned the portions of the pistons I could access. I used a large screwdriver and a small crowbar to push the pads out and, hence, the pistons back in in order to get enough space between the pads to fit the rotors when I reinstalled the wheels.
I test road the bike today after the work was done and the front brake behavior has changed. It was never spongy and is still not. However, the distance I have to pull the front brake lever before I cannot pull it any further has substantially decreased. Now, I don't have to pull the front brake lever very far before it reaches its full braking ability - maybe 3/4 inch. This is really weird since prior to this work, I had to pull it further - maybe 1.5 inches. Any ideas on what might cause this would be appreciated.
Our patriotic stable:
Red 2012 XCT (wife's bike in NC)
Red 2012 XCT (my bike for NC)
White with custom flames 2012 XCT (wife's bike in FL)
Blue custom fire on a black 2012 XCT (my bike in FL)
2006 HD Softail Heritage (my bike when I was in MI - sold in Oct, 2017 after putting 45,000 miles and 20 states and one province on it - My first big bike and most of us will always remember our first with fond memories)