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Old 02-02-07, 06:20 AM   #1
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V brake question

Ok, I'm a avowed retro-grouch who recently bought a Ross Signature MTB with more modern hardware such as V brakes where the primary brake cable goes to one brake arm and there's a second cable that clamps on and goes to the other brake arm.

The rear seems to be working fine, however in the front the left brake pad contacts the rim first and pushes the rim to the right before the right pad makes contact.

My question is: Is this a function of where the second cable attaches to the main cable? If so, which way should I adjust it? If not, where else should I look? I serviced the brake pivots, putting it back together as it came apart, so I don't believe lack of lubrication to bee the culprit.
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Old 02-02-07, 06:29 AM   #2
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Sounds like you've got cantilever brakes, as V-brakes only have one cable attached the brake. If they are cantivlevers (sounds like they are), Park explains how to adjust much better than I, here ya go:
http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=19
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That's exactly what are on the bike. That's just what I need. Thanks.

Ok, mybad, I was under the impression that v brakes & linear pull were different systems.
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Ok, I'm a avowed retro-grouch who recently bought a Ross Signature MTB (snip)
Is that the Mt. Rainier signature? You've GOT to post photos of that one! (if not here over in C&V)
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No, sorry McDave, it's a Mt. McKinley. But I will post photos.
It has a Zoch XC400 fork and Deore XT group. I felt it well worth the $10 tag @ Salv Army.

Freeranger, those instructions at Park were just what the Dr. ordered, thanks! Working like a charm now.

I think I'll do the rears just because. I can Thanks again.
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No, sorry McDave, it's a Mt. McKinley. But I will post photos.
It has a Zoch XC400 fork and Deore XT group. I felt it well worth the $10 tag @ Salv Army.
Doh! That's what I meant... had to go look it up. Man, what a bargain!

(sorry for highjacking the thread. I found the link useful too)
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Ross did make a Mt. Ranier as well, tho' steel framed, the McKinley is Aluminum frame.

Here's before & after photos. Kinda sad looking when I brought it home. New sneakers, a fork rebuild and bar ends & tape added. Just needs a bath, test ride and final adjustments.
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Jeeze... Sally must have thought it was just another Next bike to let it go for $10. Wonder what year it is? My '84 catalog shows the McKinley was still a steel bike with rigid fork and bullmoose bars. Love the fork on yours!
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Sally here is a funny gal. Kids bikes (20" & 24") are all $5.00, larger wheeled bikes are $10.00... Except when they have a nice Schwinn roadie, then it's kept inside with a $400. tag. <shakes head & shrugs shoulders>

From description the guy at the LBS believes it's a 91-92, the brake arch stamping on the fork indicates that it's a 93 model fork. Zoch just replaced the crown for me under recall. Now that's customer service!
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Stacey, you are more than welcome! It's been a while since I had to adjust a set of cantilevers (though I think I still have some in a box somewhere.) Didn't seem that I ever got very good at it, but I have found that v-brakes are a breeze to adjust--haven't made the switch to disc brakes yet-I keep hearing about them being hard to set not to drag, so may just stick with v's. Glad you got the canti's adjusted though!
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