2013 Cross Country Tour ABS Brake Issue
Is there something special about bleeding the antilock brake system on a Cross bike??
When I first got this bike (brand new) the fluid was a little dark, and the handle was a little soft, but not a real problem. Over the last 6 or so months and 5,500 miles the fluid got unexpectedly dark and the lever very soft… to the point the where the lever squeezes my index finger when I squeeze the brakes good, and I have to pump it to get a solid lever. Yes, I use 2 fingers (middle and ring) for braking.
Well today I finally got around to changing out the fluid. I have worked on brake systems too many times to count, on numerous cars, trucks, and bikes… replacing calipers, boosters, master cylinders. But none of them had anti-lock.
This time I could not for the life of me get the desired results. I used my trusty MityVac and pulled ¾ of a quart of fresh Valvoline DOT 4 fluid through. No bubbles came out of the master cylinder at any time (per my helper). Lever is still soft and gets harder when it is pumped… classic air in the system feel.
I changed the fluid on my last XC with zero problems. So, what’s the deal?!?!?
2013 Cross Country Tour: Custom paint, stage 1 exhaust, Lloydz Hi-Flow air filter, cams (HOH-VM1-DR), timing gear (HOH-PTS), Power Commander V, Auto Tune module, Gustafson flip shield, OEM passenger backrest with Cycle Ops luggage rack, Vic HID, heel shifter, Rockford amp, Infinity speakers all around.
2011 Cross Country: Burnt and Traded