Bicycle Mechanics - Do I need to use a brake washer - road brakes
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09-27-09, 11:22 AM
I am finally building a carbon frame I had sitting around. I purchased Sampson Stratics brakes for the bike and just reaslized they have a serrated washer which from what I understand should not be used with carbon (althought the braking areas ae reinforced). Can I just mount them with no washer? Any potential issues?
09-27-09, 02:26 PM
You can substitute with a nonserrated washer if you're worried. Just make sure the brake doesn't pivot on easily with the nut at the correct torque.
09-27-09, 02:29 PM
The washer helps protect the frame and keeps the brake properly aligned. I would use a washer, but not the serrated one.
09-27-09, 02:31 PM
I've mounted Shimano brakes on two Easton Carbon forks and used a smooth faced 2 mm thick aluminum washer between the front of the fork and the rear of the caliper pivot bolt. I've had no problems with the calipers rotating or going out of center.
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