Epic Bleed Solution DIY Brake Bleed Kit for Sram Apex1 Brakes


Epic Brake Solutions Sram Apex 1 Brake Bleed DIY Kit

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 My Gravel bike came fitted with a set of Sram Apex 1 brakes, which for some reason were not stopping the front wheel, they also felt soft and very spongy when I applied the front brake. So I decided to bleed the brakes hoping this would solve the problem, using the Epic Bleed Solution hydraulic brake bleed kit, I asked Alex the owner of Epic Bleed Solution if it was possible to do with the kit I already had, and he came back with a yes on the bike bleed, and the kit had everything needed to bleed the Sram Apex 1 brakes.


 First thing I did was to find a "How To Video" on YouTube, easy enough as there are loads out there, so I headed to the Sram site and found this Video...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K4ADjuxEqc

After watching it several times I prepared to do the brake bleed!

First remove the wheel.
Remove the brakes and set aside safely.

Don't lose the small screw and guide pin.

Set aside the pads so they will not get contaminated by brake fluid.

Select the correct bleed adapters (One on the left).

I made a bleed block out of lolly pop sticks as when the kit was originally sent out to me, at this time it did not come with a bleed block in 2017 but Epic now supply one in the kit.

Select the correct tips, and fill the syringes as in the video, making sure no air is in the fluid.

Only 5,1 Dot fluid must be used on the Sram Apex 1 brakes.

Remove the bleed screw and place in a save spot.


Screw in the bleed adapter.

Wipe any fluid away. 

Brake lever end all ready to go.

On the brake caliber remove the grub screw and set aside safely.



All ready to go and start the bleed as per the video..
And it worked a treat, brakes worked as good as new.
Pay attention to the way you need to pressure the system as in the video.
Once I felt that the bleed was complete, I simply removed the bleed syringes and re screwed the bleed caps back in making sure all excess brake fluid was cleaned off everything, pads were replaced and the wheel back on.


Once finished a Good clean up was needed , so I used a old pill pot to drain any old fluid into that was in the pipes.
Clean out the syringe carefully so no cross contamination in case you need to use the syringe on another bike.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYHWRQq6BjM

I should have made a "Before The Bleed Video" to show just how bad the brakes were.

Verdict on the Epic Bleed Solution Kit

Top Marks! This bleed kit will save you money and time on any problems you have, check it out on the Epic Bleed Solutions website, anything your not too sure about just get in touch with them, great advice and help.
Well worth having a try, if not book your bike into your LBS for a service, but think about this, I had problems with my front brakes, so if I booked the bike into the LBS for a front brake bleed it could have cost from  £18.00 upwards depending on the shop, so if you then needed to bleed the rear, that would be a extra cost, so a universal kit from Epic Bleed Solutions would pay for it self in no time at all,
https://www.epicbleedsolutions.com/products/bleed-kits/shimano/complete-kit/
£15.99 Epic Bleed Solutions Shimano Kit.

Epic Bleed Solution Have A Kit for every kind of bike brakes out there! 

Check out there website.





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Stans No Tubes Tyre Sealant for Tubless Tyre's.


Stans No Tubes Review

Price around £18.00 for a 32 oz Bottle but shop around, various price and size available.





On my Gravel bike it was time for a top up of sealant, so I needed a decent sealant to top with, and this is how I came about to test out the Stans No Tubes sealant.

If you have not thought about going tubeless it could be a minefield, I just so happen to get hold of a bike that  already had a tubeless setup, so it was a easy choice!   

Every few months the system needed a top up, and this is how I come about using the Stans system, I never had a puncture with the original sealant that was in the bike wheels from new, but I wanted a reasonable priced sealant, and just so happen to come across the Stans range of sealant, 


Next step.


Open the lid and remove cap.

Peel back the seal and replace the cap close the lid and give it a good shake.

Replace Cap.

Find a 2 oz container with a thin nozzle..

Remove the black cap on the valve and release all the air out of the tyre.

Remove the valve, you may need a valve removal tool for this.


Fill your small bottle with Stans and shake pour into the valve.


Carfull not to slip off the valve.


Give the bottle a squeeze.

Once the refill bottle is empty refit the valve.

Wipe any excess fluid of that might have been spilt.

Pump up the tyre to the required pressure as recommend on the tyre. 



Replace cap and spin the wheel to get the sealant to flow around the tyre.

My Verdict.


Easy enough to add to a existing tyre, I will let you all know how I get on..
Date of Application 15/06/2019 will keep you informed by social media on how well the wheels perform, I ride anywhere, road, woods, gravel, you name, I go there, so ill let you know if it lets me down!


UPDATE


I had a puncture on the rear tyre, handy as Im doing a review on the Stan's Sealant.... 
How well did the Stan's work, very well on a small hole, take a look at the Video of the tyre. 





Not long after the reseal of the tyre, I set off to ride into London vie the Towpath and return vie the road, and all was well.....
It works a treat, well recommended..

Update 16/07/2020.
Have noticed a few time when getting the bike out to go for a ride there is a lot of Bubbles appeared on the side wall of the rear tyre, I’ll try to find out what this means..



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UPDATE 01/04/2021 
It was time to top up the wheels with Stans tyre sealant, Stans recommend every 3 months, and as I was well over the date and with the weather going to improve along with lockdown rules changing it was the time to add some more sealant. 
That was the plan, but the day before I pumped up the tyres before I went out for a ride with the plan to add the sealant the next day, but after the next day I found the tyre was flat on the front wheel, not soft, but totally flat, this was down to my mistake of not retightening the valve, the tyre was off the rim as well, which means I needed to reseat the tyre on the rim, earlier on in my review I mentioned the Pressure Sprayer which I came across on YouTube, and this was the ideal opportunity to test out if it was possible to pump up a tyre to get it to reseal on a rim. 

Try this YouTube link to find out how to convert your pressure sprayer.


Here is a photo of my one which I converted, and after use, simply converted it back. 


I had to try it a couple of times because I did not fill the container with enough air to make it pop on the rim, I did notice though the Pop sound was not as loud as when I was in the Stow Tyres getting the Panaracer on the rim, but this does work. 
Next refill should be in 3 months time, but I have come to the end of the bottle of Stans, so will be  looking at other products on the market, but I think the Stans does a brilliant job, not a single problem on any of my rides, well recommend product. 

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