Originally Posted by driftr
Is it common for the rear brakes to wear off after just 5000 miles?
It certainly is possible depending on the road conditions. I've heard stories of rear brakes wearing out in less than 1000 miles when riding through rock dust or ash... Some people may accidentally drag their rear brake a bit without noticing it if they are riding in heavy boots.
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