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?
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.
'87 Peugeot PB14, '98 homegrown, '72 world sport...
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.