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1. If the rotor is glowing red hot when you come back from a ride, it's dragging too much :)
2. If you pull the brakes on for a long, slow stop and you feel the lever "pulsing" then you have a badly warped rotor.
3. Drag is normal as with floating rotors the pads are just touching the rotor a little bit but you should be able to spin the wheel freely about 1 full spin before the drag stops it.
4. Make sure you have the brake lines bled properly and not overfilling the fluid reservoir as when the brake fluid heats up, it expands and needs room in the reservoir to expand into. Too much (too full) fluid will prevent it from expanding and put pressure on the pads to engage the rotors.
5. When putting in new pads, make sure to push the brake pistons in as full as you can (usually with a big, flat screw driver, flat side down) to give room for the new pads to fit. After pumping them on the rotor, they should self align.
6. Be sure to torque the axle bolt to specifications! over tightening can cause lots of various issues (compressed bushings, fork stiction, brake misalignment, etc.).
Good luck and don't f-ck with your brakes if you're not sure what to do as they can come back to bite you really bad!!!
"If your wheels are off, answer to your God but me, I'll be up and gone. I'll be up and long gone..." Robin Trower, "Little Bit of Sympathy 1972
"Veni, Vidi, Vici." Julius Ceasar (I came, I saw, I conquered)
"Nana Korobi- Ya Oki" Japanese Bushido saying- "Get knocked down seven times, get up eight!"