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Old 08-17-09, 04:20 PM   #1
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Tektro Economy Track Brake

Got this off bikeisland and am using it as a front brake. This is my first rim brake install and was wondering if it is installed correctly at the lever. I don't think it is but it works. I know that the cable/housing needs to be shortened.

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Old 08-17-09, 04:22 PM   #2
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You have the cable coming out of the wrong side. The rest looks correct.
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Old 08-17-09, 04:27 PM   #3
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Then what pulls the cable? If it were the other way, the lever would just slide the cable.
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Old 08-17-09, 04:31 PM   #4
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Just turn it around, it will become obvious. I know, it works like it is but it's not correct since you can't use the barrel adjuster this way and do you really want the cable on top of your hand?
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Old 08-17-09, 04:38 PM   #5
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Maybe I'll buy a more expensive brake set next time... thanks for the help
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Old 08-17-09, 04:41 PM   #6
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That's a good brake lever. I use it myself.
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Old 08-17-09, 04:46 PM   #7
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Maybe I'll buy a more expensive brake set next time... thanks for the help
Why? Just take everyone's advice and have the cable run into the opposite side of the lever.
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Old 08-17-09, 04:51 PM   #8
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You just installed it incorrecty, the lever is perfectly fine. Just take the advice from above. The alternative, you COULD buy a nicer lever, and install IT correctly...
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his brake isnt installed correctly cuz it isn't expensive enough. lol.
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The ball end is held by the fixed portion of the lever, and the cable cover is held by the moving lever portion, together that moves the cable relative to the cover, which is all you need. Trim them both down, while you're at it.
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his brake isnt installed correctly cuz it isn't expensive enough. lol.
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It made more sense in a mechanical way the way I had it but this works too. Just not the way I thought it went
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it made less sense because it was wrong.
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i liked it better in the first photo
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this is the epitome of a bf thread. dont hate on this guy for how he sets up his brake since that is not the function it was designed for in the first place. its an inline brake lever designed to be used with road bike levers to give an additional position from which to brake on. it is commonly seen in cyclocross bikes, and some entry level road bikes (lower level felt z series for example). while i agree that it looks better set up the way it was last posted (corrected if you will), there is no "right" way to rig it by it self
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Then what pulls the cable? If it were the other way, the lever would just slide the cable.
Whether you pull the cable or push the cable housing, the effect is the same. However, it's generally preferable to use a shorter cable housing and the straightest route, since it reduces cable housing compression, and thus, sponginess.
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I appreciate it. To me it made more sense to pull the cable. That's why I set it up the first way
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this is the epitome of a bf thread. dont hate on this guy for how he sets up his brake since that is not the function it was designed for in the first place. its an inline brake lever designed to be used with road bike levers to give an additional position from which to brake on. it is commonly seen in cyclocross bikes, and some entry level road bikes (lower level felt z series for example). while i agree that it looks better set up the way it was last posted (corrected if you will), there is no "right" way to rig it by it self
And even then when the cable is coming from the drop lever it is going the direction it is in the second pic. so which one is "right"?
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I lol'd, but I'm sure we've all made mistakes.
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It made more sense in a mechanical way the way I had it but this works too. Just not the way I thought it went
Looks like you may have cut off the wrong end of the cable? Most cables come with two different ends, one looks like a ball and the other a cylinder, it apears you cut off the cylinder, as it appears that the ball end is sitting just outside the lever, its not supposed to be showing, the cylinder end would go into the hole and shouldn't be showing, I may be wrong.
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