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Brake adjustment advice

Postby theblarney » Fri Nov 09, 2012 09:19 am

Hi,

I have had my MTB for about 10 months now and I am finding that the break lever is pulling back to the handlebar and I also also adjusted the tensioner to the maximum.

I think I have two options.
1) Un-tighten the cable clamp at the brake calliper, pull the cable tighter and tighten the clamp
2) Replace the cable

Which would be best? I don want to stretch the cable too much and have it snap when I need it most.

Thanks

Gavin


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Re: Brake adjustment advice

Postby nicklouse » Fri Nov 09, 2012 09:36 am

theblarney wrote:Hi,

I have had my MTB for about 10 months now and I am finding that the break lever is pulling back to the handlebar and I also also adjusted the tensioner to the maximum.

I think I have two options.
1) Un-tighten the cable clamp at the brake calliper, pull the cable tighter and tighten the clamp
2) Replace the cable

Which would be best? I don want to stretch the cable too much and have it snap when I need it most.

Thanks

Gavin

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Re: Brake adjustment advice

Postby cooldad » Fri Nov 09, 2012 09:48 am

theblarney wrote:1) Un-tighten the cable clamp at the brake calliper, pull the cable tighter and tighten the clamp
I don want to stretch the cable too much and have it snap when I need it most.

Thanks

Gavin

Probably this. Cables don't stretch and snap - they snap due to fatigue.
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Re: Brake adjustment advice

Postby theblarney » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:00 am

The Beginner wrote:have you adjusted the caliper?

Hi The Beginner,

No I havent adjusted the calliper as the cable was pulling too far back and I didnt think that this would give me enough adjustment.

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Re: Brake adjustment advice

Postby theblarney » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:01 am

nicklouse wrote:
theblarney wrote:Hi,

I have had my MTB for about 10 months now and I am finding that the break lever is pulling back to the handlebar and I also also adjusted the tensioner to the maximum.

I think I have two options.
1) Un-tighten the cable clamp at the brake calliper, pull the cable tighter and tighten the clamp
2) Replace the cable

Which would be best? I don want to stretch the cable too much and have it snap when I need it most.

Thanks

Gavin

and the brakes are?


Mechanical disc

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Re: Brake adjustment advice

Postby cooldad » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:05 am

I think Nick meant specifically. But just adjust them.
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Re: Brake adjustment advice

Postby theblarney » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:24 am

Thanks all for the advice..

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Re: Brake adjustment advice

Postby cobba » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:36 am

What is brand and model of the disc brake caliper?

Have you been adjusting the inner pad as it wears down?

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Re: Brake adjustment advice

Postby nicklouse » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:40 am

theblarney wrote:
nicklouse wrote:
theblarney wrote:Hi,

I have had my MTB for about 10 months now and I am finding that the break lever is pulling back to the handlebar and I also also adjusted the tensioner to the maximum.

I think I have two options.
1) Un-tighten the cable clamp at the brake calliper, pull the cable tighter and tighten the clamp
2) Replace the cable

Which would be best? I don want to stretch the cable too much and have it snap when I need it most.

Thanks

Gavin

and the brakes are?


Mechanical disc


Dh that was fairly obvious as the only other cable operated caliper would be a road brake.

make model and year? they dont all work the same way. so if you want correct and not generic info it would help use to help you if you gave the full info.
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Re: Brake adjustment advice

Postby theblarney » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:41 am

cobba wrote:What is brand and model of the disc brake caliper?

Have you been adjusting the inner pad as it wears down?

I got this from the product page, does this help?
Shimano M375L Mechanical disc February 2012.

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Re: Brake adjustment advice

Postby The Rookie » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:50 am

Adjust the caliper, far more adjustment there than at the lever, in fact back the cable adjustement off, do the caliper and then adjust the cable.

The problem is pad wear not cable stretch.

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Re: Brake adjustment advice

Postby theblarney » Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:53 am

Perfect thanks

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Re: Brake adjustment advice

Postby cobba » Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:38 pm

Have you read the instructions on how to adjust the brake pads on this brake calliper?

http://techdocs.shimano.com/media/techdocs/content/cycle/SI/DiskBrakeSystem/SI_8JW0A/SI-8JW0A-001-Eng_v1_m56577569830745423.pdf

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Re: Brake adjustment advice

Postby theblarney » Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:50 pm

cobba wrote:Have you read the instructions on how to adjust the brake pads on this brake calliper?

http://techdocs.shimano.com/media/techdocs/content/cycle/SI/DiskBrakeSystem/SI_8JW0A/SI-8JW0A-001-Eng_v1_m56577569830745423.pdf

I hadnt seem that, thanks very much for digging that out


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