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Just got an ex8 with Avid brakes. I took of the front wheel for some maintenance. During that time I depressed the front brake lever without the wheel. I noticed that the pads were still pretty close together so I gently pried them apart and re-attached the wheel but now there is some rubbing vs. before it was free of rubbing. Haven't ridden it since and only have 75 miles on the bike.

Will this work its way out? Or do I need to adjust the break somehow?
 

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Actually losened the mounting bolts squeezed the brakes a few times and tightened the bolts and that helped.
 

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Whenever you have the wheel off place a spacer in-between the brake pad a piece of plastic or even cardboard will work this way if you grab the brake lever on accident you won't run into a problem.. Take the bike to a local shop and have them re-bleed your front brake..
 

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Whenever you have the wheel off place a spacer in-between the brake pad a piece of plastic or even cardboard will work this way if you grab the brake lever on accident you won't run into a problem.. Take the bike to a local shop and have them re-bleed your front brake..
So your thinking is that they'll have to be re-bleed? What happens by grabbing the brake without a spacer? I'm new to hydro's..
 

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Your causing hydraulic lock as the piston pushes the brake pad to the disk.. Pulling the brake lever without the disk brake will force air into the brake line..
 

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it depends on how far you squeezed the pads together without the rotor between them. If you did go too far, you should be able to feel the air in the line. The lever will feel soft when you brake.
 

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The lever feels firm. But it catches with the slightest touch - which I would say is perfect but I still have some rubbing. After using the google macnine a bit it looks like bleeding is a bit of a process. I'll just take it in.
 

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doesn't sound like you need a bleed then, just need to spread the pads a bit more, or get your rotor perfectly centered. Since you've adjusted the caliper bolts and position already, you might also try tweaking the tension on your wheel quick release as that will change where the rotor sits just a bit.
 

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yup that's what the my LBS said. Just need to spread the pads more. He said they actaully have a special tool they use to do that.
 

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Ask them for a bleed block. (mine's red plastic) I just put it in whenever I drop the front wheel to load it up. Haven't had the issue with accidentally grabbing the lever and having to pry them out since.
 
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