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    Hey. is the brake cable supposed to cross over on a u brake? like behind the seat post tube but before the brakes...

    it croses over itself on mine and it looed like thats what it was suposed to do in the instructions but im not sure. it seems like you loose alot of power because it squeezes the seat post tube

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    Mine are crossed behind the seat tube thats the only way I've ever seen it or have set it up. so cross them in the back. but so you dont scratch the frame up take electrical tape and wrap it aound the seat post where the cables are.

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    what exactly do you mean...?


    can you explain more...

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    like are you talking about the cable it self or the hanger (the peice that interlocks the cable and the straddle cable(which is the one that attaches to the brake itself))

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    then the cables will stick... i dont really care about how my frame looks..

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    There is absolutely no reason to cross the cables up behind the seattube. All it does is increase the cable length and mess up the brake line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racersk66
    Mine are crossed behind the seat tube thats the only way I've ever seen it or have set it up. so cross them in the back. but so you dont scratch the frame up take electrical tape and wrap it aound the seat post where the cables are.
    Dude. Stop giving advice. PLEASE.

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    yes, u can cross em. you should have gotten a little plastic bitty that wraps around the frame and the cables run through it if you want them to do that. some people argue that it "gives extra leverage" but its pretty much a fallacy.

    once again, i think we all know that beerman is right, no cross needed.
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    i just picked up a older GT, and it has U-brakes, ive never even seen these. mine were crossed over and i thought that was wrong so i uncrossed it. but when i apply the brakes they dont come back, is there some trick to these brakes? i dont see any springs. im already starting to hate them.

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    If your brakes don't have any springs, then they're obviously not going to snap back...

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    I don't see any on the Evolver...

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    You're kidding, right? You get two sets with the Evolver, hard and soft, depending on how you like them.

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    I said I didn't see them. I'm used to V brakes, with exposed springs. The ones on the Evolver are not visible.

    Next time I'll use the [/sarcasm] tags.

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    like i said, ive never seen u-brakes before. is there suposed to be a spring like a V-brake? on the post there is no mount, or little hole for a spring, otherwise i would put a V-brake on. are U-brakes suposed to be like that?

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    The loading is done internally. There should be some kind of cap where the brake mounts to the post. With the Evolver, you loosen the mounting bolt, and use a 17mm wrench to load the spring.

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    As far as I know crossing cables is supposed to simulate running the straddle cable very short, and it does give a sligtt mechanical advantage.

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    so if you have U-brake mounts, that's your only option? im sure its possible for the springs to go bad, or start to suck right?

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    how do yo evolvers work ex?

    everyone told me they were garbage but i dont have a single problem with mine. jw if im lucky or if everyone is sayin that becuase there not all trendy like the fly brakes.

    cuz we all know if your bike doesnt match up to the trends its not a good bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    I don't see any on the Evolver...
    Mine came with 2 sets, just like Beerman said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_Suck_At_BMX
    how do yo evolvers work ex?

    everyone told me they were garbage but i dont have a single problem with mine. jw if im lucky or if everyone is sayin that becuase there not all trendy like the fly brakes.

    cuz we all know if your bike doesnt match up to the trends its not a good bike.
    They arreally nice for dirt, they give a good stop atleast with kool-stop pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_Suck_At_BMX
    how do yo evolvers work ex?

    everyone told me they were garbage but i dont have a single problem with mine. jw if im lucky or if everyone is sayin that becuase there not all trendy like the fly brakes.

    cuz we all know if your bike doesnt match up to the trends its not a good bike.
    Don't listen to everyone. They seem like they'll be ok once they're all adjusted. They don't seem to work well with a gyro, but I'm kind of determined to try and sort that out first before I go with a straight cable.


    Quote Originally Posted by racersk66
    Mine came with 2 sets, just like Beerman said.
    Now go back and read the whole thread.

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    yea i run my evolvers with a straight cable and they work better than any brakes i ever had, so i just didnt no if i was lucky or if kids were just saying that becuase evolvers "aint cool enough" to be a good bike part.

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    If cool was a concern, I would have gotten a custom titanium frame made. I like things that work well. That's always my first concern.

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    FLY BRAKES....
    yay


    or PRIMO BRAKES..

    yay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    If cool was a concern, I would have gotten a custom titanium frame made. I like things that work well. That's always my first concern.

    I removed this message becuase my bad grammar is starting to annoy me too. Ex, feel free to delete my posts if I use bad grammar, it's the only way I'm going to learn.
    Last edited by I_Suck_At_BMX; 11-23-05 at 05:45 PM.

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