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Broken Brake advice

Postby LostHorizon » Wed Oct 10, 2012 08:51 am

I have a set of Formula RX brakes on my Rocky Mountain Element. Last week when descnding a tricky bit i slipped, went down hard and basically snapped the end off one of my brake levers. The rest of the brake is okay, its just half of the lever thats off. The pivoting part and the rest seems okay. Is it possible to buy and replace the lever itself or will the whole brake need to be replaced. And also, is it a big job?
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Re: Broken Brake advice

Postby nicklouse » Wed Oct 10, 2012 08:55 am

yes levers are replacable. it will have broken at the point it is designed to break to save the rest of the brake.
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Re: Broken Brake advice

Postby pastey_boy » Wed Oct 10, 2012 09:17 am

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Re: Broken Brake advice

Postby LostHorizon » Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:32 pm

cheers Nick, it never occurred to me that they had an engineered weak point designed to protect the rest of the brakes, that makes me feel a lot better, i thought when it happened that they were just a lot more sh*t than i thought they were. Turns out they are pretty smart.
Pastey, thanks for the link, will def be following up on that when i get home!

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Re: Broken Brake advice

Postby nicklouse » Wed Oct 10, 2012 13:01 pm

LostHorizon wrote:cheers Nick, it never occurred to me that they had an engineered weak point designed to protect the rest of the brakes, that makes me feel a lot better, i thought when it happened that they were just a lot more sh*t than i thought they were. Turns out they are pretty smart.
Pastey, thanks for the link, will def be following up on that when i get home!

have a look at the other lever and you should see the "break" point

you can see the dimple on The One lever here

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I am guessing that the newer one are similar.
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Re: Broken Brake advice

Postby The Rookie » Wed Oct 10, 2012 14:23 pm

Kind of wish My Juicy's had had similar, may have snapped off before the tip disapeared 1/2" into my bicep (yes I did say ouch!)

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Re: Broken Brake advice

Postby cooldad » Wed Oct 10, 2012 17:26 pm

Nope they would have snapped off inside your bicep and you would have had to dig the bit out with yourSwiss Army knife.
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Re: Broken Brake advice

Postby cooldad » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:09 am

As long as it's not my bicep, it's funny.
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Re: Broken Brake advice

Postby LostHorizon » Sun Oct 14, 2012 06:00 am

cheers for the advice, one last thing, if i bought a lever on its own, is it easy to replace? do i need special tools etc, do i need to fiddle with the hydraylics as i dont have the tools for that.

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Re: Broken Brake advice

Postby The Rookie » Sun Oct 14, 2012 06:36 am

Not sure what you'll need, but you shouldn't need to open the hydraulic circuit.

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Re: Broken Brake advice

Postby nicklouse » Sun Oct 14, 2012 09:04 am

LostHorizon wrote:cheers for the advice, one last thing, if i bought a lever on its own, is it easy to replace? do i need special tools etc, do i need to fiddle with the hydraylics as i dont have the tools for that.

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Just a 2mm Allen key.
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