I got my hands on a Magura braided line kit and during installation, I have been to brutal when tightening it to one caliper and the fitting broke
I managed to get a replacement caliper. But for the fitting, I thought at first that there was no hope. After a careful examination, I realized that one end of the line had a removable fitting and it was the one I broke !!
The problem is: I haven’t been able to find online any reference for a replacement fitting for the braided line (because it is different from the ones used on regular lines).
Does anybody know where I can find such spare part ?
I will post a pic of the line and the fitting detached ASAP.
I have asked him as part of my cry for help right away. Turns out he is mainly dealing with standard line as he hasn’t noticed any major improvement in strength between the two (and maybe the larger availability of part for the regular line).
I know that maybe the answer will be “no hope” or “find somebody with a line broken on the other end to salvage the part”.
I broke a similar fitting when my uni fell on a rock, snapped it off at the caliper, called UDC and they had no spares, so you will probably need to order a replacement direct from Magura assuming they are the ones who built the kit.
Oh man . . . . This thread highlights one of the biggest drawbacks of the braided line. Tinney, brittle ends that are hard to find replacements for. I have removed more broken stainlesss braided lines and broken fittings from uni brakes than i have ever installed.
Adding to that, there are multiple manufacturers of the braided line kits and the hardware isn’t always interchangeable between brands . . . . frustrating
The one stainless braided upgrade that I have had a universally good expereince with is the Plazmatic braided crossover. Super durable and steel ends that are the same material (steel) and quality as Magura’s fittings.
Turns out that braided line are far from everybody think they are then… And it seems also difficult to know the compatibility with each other without a clue about the brand ;(
Maybe with Nurse Ben’s broken and mine, there is a possibility to get a braided line back in business.
@Brycer: I will check what I have left and might be ordering you a caliper-to-caliper line to go with the braided line I have (and I will motivate myself to go to the post-office ). I will PM you with details ASAP.
Thanks Sidd. To further muddy the water, and a note of caution: some, but not all of the early Magura and Goodrich braided line kits had the M6 and M8 fittings reversed at the slaves, so you had to run two M6/M8 slaves to make the lines kit work - or was it two M6/M6 slaves???. . .either way, it was maddening to have to mess with all that and the few installs I was asked to help with, were no fun. . . If anyone has any questions or needs Magura fittings/parts (and I have a few of the really old braided line fittings here too), feel free to PM me. My cell/text is 503-358-2252
I noticed that the fitting order was different from the standard line I had. Let’s call the thin threaded fitting M8 and the large threaded fitting M6:
the standard line was M8 - M8 (lever to caliper), M6 - M6 (caliper to caliper) and the two bleeding ports are M6.
However, the braided kit I got is M8 - M6 for both lines. So it requires to cross over and it isn’t possible to mix-match with a standard without altering a line (or making a standard line with the same unusual combination).
The plastic lines are fine, everybody agree on that.
I just had a hard time re-adjusting the line to the proper length because the barbed fitting are a pain in the saddle to get in (and yes, I know that it might be me).
And last time I put the brakes on, they were soggy (maybe a bleeding problem). And when I got it off the unicycle, I started to suspect my lever-to-caliper line to have a leak. I gave the braided line kit a spin and the rest is my struggle ending in this post.
And yes, I am frustrated not to leave nearby Brycer otherwise I would have rely on his craftsmanship earlier in the process and would be using my set instead of contemplating it apart.
Related story: Last year, I couldn’t find the parts for repairing/adapting a set of older braided brake lines, so I cut and welded two stainless metric brake fittings together with my tig welder to make the piece that I couldn’t find. (low amps, super thin tungsten and pulser on to keep the heat low). It worked great, but its not something that I want to repeat.