Pedego Element Brakes

Dmac

Member
Region
Canada
Hey all,
I’ve been riding my new Element almost every day since I got it about a week ago and I notice that there is some strange sounds from the brakes. First a squeaking which I think was the rear brake pad running on the disc. Next there is the front brakes that sound like crunching when I really squeeze them. I looked at the rotors and there are not scratches on them so I don’t think it’s a worn brake pad. The brakes since I bought it always sounded (this is the only way I can describe it) like sand when I used them. Is this just normal break in stuff?
 

6zfshdb

Well-Known Member
Region
USA
City
Northeast Pennsylvania
Disk brakes make noise from time to time. It's usually caused by some kind of debris getting between the pads and rotor. I ride mostly trails, and dust is the main culprit in my case. Usually, the problem clears itself with use but sometimes, wiping the rotor with a rag dipped in alcohol is necessary. Do NOT use soap or any oil based lubricant!

Depending on their composition, some disk brake pads do have a break in period. I seriously doubt you have a worn pad with such a new bike.

Mention the problem to your dealer and see what he recommends.
 
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Dmac

Member
Region
Canada
Yeah I was thinking about using alcohol on the rotors. I ride mostly trails as well so my bike is always getting dirty/dusty/muddy.
 

PioneerHusky

New Member
I'm having the same problem with my Element brakes. I tried the following...
- Removed the front wheel and cleaned the roto (both sides) with alcohol/rag.
- Took out the brake pads, lightly sanded them, cleaned with alcohol/rag and reinstalled.
- Repeated the same procedure with the rear wheel (except I didn't remove the wheel).
- Followed this youtube video to align the brake pads:
- Bedded the brakes, and...

Still terrible squeaking.

I heard organic brake pads are much more quiet, so I ordered these: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07R4TRNZ5/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I'll get them Tuesday. Only cost $7.00, so I thought it was worth try.

I ride on gravel trails, so also dirty/dusty.
 

Dmac

Member
Region
Canada
I'm having the same problem with my Element brakes. I tried the following...
- Removed the front wheel and cleaned the roto (both sides) with alcohol/rag.
- Took out the brake pads, lightly sanded them, cleaned with alcohol/rag and reinstalled.
- Repeated the same procedure with the rear wheel (except I didn't remove the wheel).
- Followed this youtube video to align the brake pads:
- Bedded the brakes, and...

Still terrible squeaking.

I heard organic brake pads are much more quiet, so I ordered these: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07R4TRNZ5/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I'll get them Tuesday. Only cost $7.00, so I thought it was worth try.

I ride on gravel trails, so also dirty/dusty.
Thanks for that. I suspect some of it is the type of brake pads that get hard spots. Wasn’t as noisy today but will probably need to align the back brakes. I’m getting a Tannus liner tomorrow that I’m going to install with their smaller tube so will perhaps do that at the same time (maybe Tuesday as it’s supposed to rain).