Rattle from brakes

piper109

Active Member
My new Sduro Trekking SL is running nicely and the weather is finally being more reasonable. From my house I ride down a road which is a "very" steep hill. Its about 300 yards and steep enough to require serious 4x4 in winter and very difficult to walk up. Riding down it on the bikes is pretty easy of course but I have to have the Tektro hydraulic disk brakes on pretty well all the way down. Then I have about a mile and a half of secondary road down to the New River which is also fairly steep and windy, once again brakes dragging all the way.
Thankfully the bike enables me to get up OK in "high" with the Yamaha and almost the lowest gear of all. However the brakes rattle on the way down. Clearly they are applied cold but it bothers me that they rattle and vibrate so much. Using the brakes later on the flat, they are smooth and quiet and inspire confidence.
Should I be worried? Should I look for a different grade of brake pad? Anyone else have this problem?
 

JayVee

Well-Known Member
It sounds a little like what I have with the Magura MT4 brakes. It's not really a rattle, but more of a sustained vibration that's coming up through the handlebars when braking at higher speeds. I think it's pretty much normal behaviour. It corresponds to what I've had on other similar bikes.
 

piper109

Active Member
Thanks for your comments JayVee. This is my first bike with disk brakes. I probably just need to adapt and get used to it. Its only when the brakes are cold that it seems excessive. I have not been at high speeds. Going down hill I doubt if I have been above 17 mph.