Checking the Front and Rear Brakes
What type of brakes are fitted on Gocycles?
All Gocycle models (except the G1) use hydraulic disc brakes. Hydraulic brake systems are widely used on many different types of bicycle and are very robust. When you pull the brake levers, they push fluid to the brake calipers at the wheels. This pushes brake pads towards the brake disc, slowing you down.
Do hydraulic brakes require a lot of maintenance?
Other brake systems are actuated by a cable. These systems need to be adjusted regularly due to the cable stretching over time. Hydraulic brakes require almost no maintenance once they are set up at the factory or by a qualified bike mechanic. The Gocycle brakes are set up at the factory, and should be fully operational out-of-the-box.
How do I adjust the brakes?
If you hear a metallic sound when the wheels are turning, it could be that the brake pads are rubbing slightly against the brake disc. In this situation, you need to adjust the position on the brake caliper. Refer to the Gocycle Owner’s Manual section on maintenance and adjustments here.
Which brake fluid is used in Gocycle brakes?
All Gocycles with a frame number less than and including 923461 are fitted with hydraulic brakes that use DOT 4 brake fluid.
All Gocycles with a frame number greater than and including 923462 are fitted with hydraulic brakes that use mineral oil brake fluid.
Always read the type on the lever to confirm the type of fluid that should be used.
How often should the brake fluid be replaced?
If your brakes feel spongy when you pull the levers, or if you can pull your brake levers to touch the grips, we recommend that you take your Gocycle to a qualified bike mechanic for inspection.
Please note: on new Gocycles the brakes will increase in power over the first 50-100 miles as they bed in.
We recommend the hydraulic fluid is replaced during the annual service, or every 2000 miles.