Hayes Bleed Kit Extras

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Bleed Kit

Everything you need to bleed your Hayes hydraulic disc brake.

User Reviews (16)

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GrampBredo   Weekend Warrior [Dec 15, 2009]
Strength:

Comes with the metal adapter for the bleed port on the master cylinder.

Weakness:

Everything Else.

This is rubbish. Buy if only for the special adapter bit, then junk the rest. The brake fluid included is not enough, the squeeze bottle doesn't work, their instructions are rubbish. Thanks for nothing Hayes.

Similar Products Used: 70mL syringe with hose.
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5thgear   Weekend Warrior [Aug 12, 2009]
Strength:

Durable hoses and fittings, decent instructions

Weakness:

requires a certain amount of mechanical skill and knowledge of brake systems

I didn't have any trouble with using this kit, although there seem to be lots of people who did. Maybe they didn't follow the instructions? The concept is simple enough: bleed the air and old nasty fluid from the system and your brakes will work just fine!

Similar Products Used: none
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4
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Garth   Weekend Warrior [Aug 03, 2009]
Strength:

none.

Weakness:

lots.

I can live without a Hayes catch bottle, after all, a suitable bottle is easy to find. However, how can you call this a bleed kit when it doesn't come with a non-return valve for the catch bottle?

When you watch the Hayes bleeding video that they have thoughtfully put on youtube, they use a catch bottle with a non-return valve.

i gave up. this kit couldn't bleed my stroker brakes. i would have more success bleeding my brakes with my genitals. Maybe I'll try it again with a non-return valve... if I can find one...

rip off.

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Beebo   Cross Country Rider [Jun 12, 2009]
Strength:

Everything included except catch bottle.

Weakness:

Instructions are terrible. Lots of people have success with this kit, but the instructions aren't descriptive enough for someone thats never done the operation before.

Unlike most other reviews, I thought the equipment was adequate if the bottle is large enough. Plastic catch bottles are easy to come by, as are metal coat hangers for hanging the catch cup. Enough fluid was provided for me to attempt bleeding 3 times. The bottle works fine. I just fit the tube to the bottle as tight as possible and wrapped electrical tape around it as tightly as possible. Squeezed the bottle quite hard with no leakage. Only had the hose slip off of the caliper once, but I pulled it loose while pulling the brake lever (did this alone).

All of this being said, bleeding per the instructions was a complete failure. Everything looked like it was working. Pumped bottle, no bubbles, so no air in caliper, squeezed until no air bubbles came out the top (there were almost none there either), and then pumped brake lever while still squeezing the bottle (this is where I pulled the tube off of the caliper, once then repeated the process). The brakes never hardened up. Not at all. Did the process 3 times and got nothing.

So there I sit with my nearly $30 bleed kit (LBS got me for $10, I guess), have the instructions memorized, and have no clue why the brakes didn't harden up. So there's no troubleshooting information, notes on possible problems, pointers for success... just steps one through whatever and your on your own. That bike is at the LBS now, because I assumed there was something wrong with it. After reading the reviews here and other places, it seems that Hayes and the LBS in combination ripped me off. I had to pay the LBS $60 anyway to service the brakes.

So should I be pumping the lever for 5 minutes, 30 seconds, 3 hours. Most say the entire procedure including should take 10-15 minutes. GREAT!!! What if you pump for 15 minutes and nothing happens. They offer no explanation. This hasn't just happened to me, either. It's hit or miss. There's something going on that they haven't accounted for in the instructions. You may get lucky and account for it on your own like the people that have success. You may not be so lucky like myself and others and end up confused and wondering if your brakes are damaged. Definitely don't buy this to learn how to properly bleed mountain bike brakes. If you just need the parts, it's overpriced. Find a master cylinder fitting. The rest is just hardware store parts and brake fluid. Common items. $20 to $30 is steep, because the instructions are worthless and you get $5 worth of "stuff".

Good luck. It's like playing the lottery.

Similar Products Used: None
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romr   Cross Country Rider [Nov 27, 2008]
Strength:

It really works believe it or not. I would buy this again.

Weakness:

Did not include some of the parts needed.

Ok, the kit works. Use your freaking head come on! Yes it's a pain but heck isn't everything? I'm someone who has never done it and was able to do it so there really is no excuse. Use a regular water bottle cut a hole in the middle of the cap and stick some hose in and you have a bottle to receive the fluid from the bleeder screw. Use some zip ties and you can attach the bottle to the handlebar. Also, to get a nice fit from the hose to the squeeze bottle I turned on the stove brought the hose just close enough to the flame to get it nice and soft, then while still hot shoved it in as far as I could into the tip of the bottle and it made a great fit. Don't forget to cut a hole on the tip of the squeeze bottle because it comes sealed. The compresion bushing would be nice if they included it but I din't have a need for it, just make sure you shove the hose into the bolt as far as you can. The other part I didn't have that needed was the attachment to the bleeder screw so I just untightened the screw but left it in. Wrapped a bunch of papertowels and watched for the fluid to start coming out. Do not forget that while squeezing the lever the pistons will compress, either place something in there so that your pistons don't pop off or keep an eye and keep pushing them back. My mistake was that I did not check this and completed the whole procedure to find that my pistons were too tight to even put both brake pads in. The solution I came up with was to untighten the bleeder screw again, place more paper towels and pushed the pistons back in. Tighten the bleeder screw again and you are done! It's tough I know but you can do it. I did it and didn't even have a bike stand to hold the bike, you'll need a helper. Also be very careful not to contaminate the brake pads. After everything is done and before you put in your brake pads clean the caliper with rubing alcohol! Hope you guys figure it out.

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jcoffman98   Cross Country Rider [Oct 15, 2008]
Strength:

Doesn't instantly kill you. Great if you like spray highly caustic dot 4 all over the place.

Weakness:

well its just bad. see below.

Well this kit is a joke, I would rather Hayes just sell a good kit separate from the brakes rather than package this junk. The squeeze bottle is crap the hose pops off unless you have a extra compression adapter from hayes hfx 9 like the video says (wtf yeah i got that handy). None of the standard size compression fittings fit without modification, the kit is not really usable as packaged. Expect to squirt brake fluid all over. Just make your own with syringes or buy an alligator of something this kit is just a waste of time.

Similar Products Used: avid bleed kit
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jamiejoe   Downhiller [Jul 30, 2008]
Strength:

Works

Weakness:

difficult to use alone. is easiest when 4 hands are used

You will need two people to properly bleed hayes brakes if this is your first time. Once you understand the process it is possible to follow the instructions and complete on your own. The kit works fine. And what other kits are there??

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3
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charlie   Weekend Warrior [Jun 08, 2003]
Strength:

none

Weakness:

do not buy this product! instead of a syringe you get a crappy squeeze bottle. i didn't know any better and tried using the squeeze bottle only to end up spilling brake fluid everywhere. got a syringe from a friend and bled my brakes in a few minutes.

save your money

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Al Robinson   Cross Country Rider [Jan 05, 2008]
Strength:

Adaptability

Weakness:

Following the instructions

If you use this product as it is intended it is rubbish, I bought a 60ml syringe and adapted that with the fittings. Holding the syringe upright you can tap all the air out so you don't put any air in. Tape the supplied (squeezy) bottle to your headset, take the cap and cut the end off so the hose fits snug, then make an air hole in the top of the bottle, put the two togther and loop the hose over to the master cylinder. Attach the syringe to the brake hose or somewhere to hold it and the end to the caliper and just push the fluid in, you can see the air in the hose as the bottle fills up. If you follow all the stuff about the pads, lever etc it's a piece of cake, no fluid anywhere. I now have the brakes as tight as a ducks butt......

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steve wilford   Downhiller [Jun 28, 2007]
Strength:

All the bits fit together??? thants about it.

Weakness:

Everything else!

The squeezey bottle is too small if you have adult size hands, the squeezy bottle burst last time i used it, currently looking for a replacement bottle. If you loosen the caliper bleeder by more than 1/4 turn fluid leaks everywhere and sucks in air. No catch bottle, get sod all brake fluid with the kit thats way overpriced!!!!

Similar Products Used: None
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