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Old 01-12-09, 06:00 AM   #1
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do v brakes squeal?

howdy, i am having some issues with squealing cantis, in the wet only, and am wondering if v brakes squeal. i had thought not but the search function reveals some issues even with paul motolites. what's the consensus here? (oh and yes i have my cantis toed in appropriately etc, they are shimano xts i believe)
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Old 01-12-09, 06:26 AM   #2
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it may sound counter intuitive but try toeing your pads out as well. I have stopped a number of brakes from howling by doing that. Also make sure the bolts are tight and their isnt alot of play in the canti arms, a little play is not always avoidable but it defintally doesnt help.
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thanks nubcake, i'll try tightening tomorrow morning. and play with reversing the toe in, it is my rear that squeals...and in rain it squeals like a dying pig.
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oh but still curios about vs...brakes seems the number one topic about cross bikes, and i want a solution.
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Mine only squeal when I'm riding in the rain.
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Check your current pads to see if they are still toed in. With wear the pad will wear down parallel to the rim requiring a readjustment. Maybe a new set of pads is all you need.

Generally, a squeaky canti will perform well but sounds like you have a cat in your spokes.
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