Originally Posted by messenger13
Sorry Ron. That is incorrect. Braided lines are all about avoid line expansion...therefore loosing brake lever feel AND
pressure to the calipers. I installed braided lines on a buddy's bike. The first time he came to a stop sign, he just about flew over the handlebars, locking up the front wheel. Braided lines are all about function . . . not form, or chafing. Which I do understand that you have a problem with.
I'll show them to you soon. As for sliders, those are only for guys that . . . er . . . slide
Nah, Joe. I beg to differ. Time for a little "urban myth" debunking that you can file in the same rotary refuse container next to your desk as cell phones causing gasoline station fires. This used to come up all the time when I was autocrossing.
The only reason your buddy just about ate it was due to the new polymer inside
the hose not being as compliant as the old one, and the simple fact that the id of the new hoses is smaller than the old ones - creating higher pressure and firmer lever feel. (less volume will be required at a given pressure) Brake hoses - like just about all hoses - wear out from the inside. He was used to the feel of the older larger volume - and yes, "mushy" hose, and his muscle memory told him "here is how much to squeeze" to get the desired effect. Simply put - his new hoses were more efficient than the old ones, and his entire braking system reacted maybe a nano second or two faster to his input than before. It had nothing to do with the ss mesh covering...
The braided mesh comes 95% into play only
when you are doing repeated, hard, full on braking such as in racing where you are pushing upwards of 3,000 psi - where everything gets heated up pretty good and starts expanding - including the brake fluid. At this point the mesh works to retain the "feel" that the hose (and also the brake lever) had at lower temperatures by preventing any additional expansion. This allows consistent feedback to the driver - and we all know that superior braking is what wins races.
New hoses (and especially
steel braided ones) are much stiffer as well, because they have not been flexed/aged/gone through heat up cool down cycles thousands of times. Stiffer is not always better and can cause big
problems depending on the physical installation.
I like Gold Bond Medicated Powder for my butt chafing problems - and stainless steel for my brake hose chafing problems - but only on my RX-7.
Unless you are road racing your LT there is no benefit to ss braided lines - you are not
going to stop any faster and indeed may experience a loss
of modulation and feel - which of course is critical to our front wheel.
I do like the "bling" aspect however!