Feeling much better after my facial


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I made the classic mistake (besides not putting the toilet seat down) of riding my ST2 improperly during the break-in period. Normally you should take a new bike with disc brakes and do somewhere between 10-20 very aggressive stops to bed in (seat) the pads on the rotors. I use my brakes primarily for speed control and did not do the proper bed-in procedure.

So, tired of the grindy/squeaky behavior of the brakes, I took the bike to my local mechanic and pulled the brake pads, used a little water and fine sanding paper to gently grind off a layer of the pad (the facial part) and replaced.

What a difference! Nice and strong.....and silent!

P.S. First time removing the rear wheel.............very difficult to do at least in comparison to my Neo Carbon. The carbon was easy. Just gather 3-4 folks to assist, bend the frame a little to accommodate reseating the wheel and make damn sure that the myriad washers are in the right place and then fiddle with the battery connector. Easy Peezy and no more than 60 minutes to do.

The ST2 was very problematic..........Remove thru axle, unwrap chain, pull single plug and remove wheel. Very disappointed this took only one person about 2 minutes to do....<g>

Ron Bez

I had the exact situation with my former Prodeco X2. I made a hardwood chain stay spreader that I tapped in with a hammer to even be able to reseat the rear wheel myself......what a pain!
I enjoy the same ease with my new Turbo, I don't even have to use a work stand to remove the rear wheel and reseat, what a difference!