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Old 10-11-11, 05:35 AM   #1
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Bent Brake Caliper (brand new)

Last week my girlfriend asked me to replace her entire brake system on her SS, and after buying all the parts and installing everything, I realized the slotted arms holding the pads on the caliper are bent so much that the wheel barely fits. I'm obviously returning the caliper, I was just curious, does this happen a lot? How could this brake have been bent if it's brand new?
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Old 10-11-11, 06:09 AM   #2
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All manufactures will have a QA % level for failures, yours will be in this perecentage.

Once had a set of bar-ends which were ovalized out of the box, so couldn't be fitted onto a handlebar, but out of the hundreds of parts I have bought over the last 20 years, thats the only one to have failed on reciept, not use, so not too common.
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If you got them from an LBS, return them for an exchange. If you got them from a mail order dealer, do the same. If you got them on E-bay, good luck.
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I see that all to often on tektro's that come stock on lower end road bicycle shop quality bikes and alot of the bikes from walmart/target that don't have vbrakes when they come in for tune ups. take a rag cover the bent arm grab a large adj wrench and just bend it back, yes it's safe to do your not going to crack anything or wreck anything.
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