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Is a braided brake line worth it?
Recently did a brake fluid change as well as took the caliper off, thoroughly cleaned and lubed the sliders etc. Brakes felt better but they're not brilliant. (Never will be on these bikes)
The brake line is OEM rubber, now 14 years old (Unless changed before my ownership but no record of it). No signs of cracks or any weathering. Bike passed inspection recently with decent braking performance.
Would I notice a difference changing to braided, or would that money be better off spent on some EBC sintered pads or whatever the best pad material is, instead? I've read mixed opinions, with some arguing that braided lines only feel better because you're forced to change the fluid at the same time, which is the reason for the better performance. Others say dont bother unless the OEM line can be felt/seen bulging outwards when braking is applied.