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Old 05-28-05, 07:39 PM   #1
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Ultegra brakes won't adjust to fit Giant OCR3?? Help! :-/

I'm trying to replace the horrible brakes that came on my OCR3 with a new set of Ultegra brakes. These are last years model that came with the 9-speed Ultegra. The pads are not capable of adjusting low enough to meet the rim properly. The bottom 2/3 of the break pad hits the top edge of the rim and the top 1/3 rubs the tire which obviously isn't going to work.

It seems physically impossible to make this work. The original brakes have room to adjust the pads up and down. The Ultegras are all the way down and still need to go lower. Isn't the distance from the rim to the brake mounting point on the frame standard? Short of filing the slot longer, I'm stumped. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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It sounds to me like you need a long reach brake caliper to fit on your frame.
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I wasn't aware that any modern bike needed these but it looks like you're right. I'm seriously bummed!
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The stock pads on the OCR series bikes SUCK. When I first got one, I was never able to stop properly till I put some koolstops on it. Rather than replace the calipers, try replacing the pads.
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I wasn't aware that any modern bike needed these but it looks like you're right. I'm seriously bummed!
Before you drop money on more calipers see if the reach is stamped on the back of the originals.
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