Join Date: May 2005
Location: Concord, CA
Bikes: Giant TCR CF, Raleigh Fixie, Bridgestone Radac, Specialized Rockhopper
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Ultegra brake adjustment questions
Just installed 6500 brakes (f&r) to replace no-names on my Giant TCR C3. Installation and basic cable mount was easy, but I am finding set up to optimum difficult. Disclaimer - I am not a wrench, have no experience.
Where does one start? I basically locked down the cable in about the same spot as the old brakes, centered the brakes over the wheel, centered the pads on the rim surfaces and tried to tweak centering screw, cable length and adjustment barrel by trial and error.
What I have now is brakes that work, albeit with more play in the initial lever motion than I want, and it seems like I have to pull too hard to bring to a full stop. I have Shimano 600's on my old bike and know how immediate and precise they should feel, and I definitely don't have that.
Is there a sequence to follow that I don't know in setting these up? I realize that one answer is "Bring the bike to your LBS", but I'd like to learn how to set it up myself just for the personal satisfaction of knowing how to set up my own ride. Any advice you can provide?
Thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide.