Bicycle Mechanics - Not enough brake height adjustment
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I just picked up a used Scott Speedster S40 (2006). I don't think it has the original brake calipers. It now has Tektro R358 calipers, but they do not have enough height adjustment. The pads need to be higher because only half the pad is on the braking surface. Do I have any options or am I hosed? Can I get some kind of spacer to lower the wheel? Am I stuck with getting a new brake set?
new calipers or new fork or smaller rims (650b).
R358 reach: 47 - 57mm
I suppose you need 39-49mm arms.
06-10-09, 11:26 PM
You may well be able to modify your brakeset so that it fits your wheels.
If your pads already engage halfway, it seems to me you don't need a lot of extra adjustability. You could file off the brake slot so that you can adjust the brakes properly.
Use a round file and a lot of oil (or another cutting fluid) to extend the slot upwards. I've done such modifications with no ill effects.
There's no way you can lower the wheel.
Your other option is to get a brakeset that fits your bike better.
Cool, that's what I figured. Thanks, guys!
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