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Old 09-03-10, 10:09 PM   #1
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Kilo TT Pro - Front Brake Clearance Problem

Hey guys,

I've had my 2010 Kilo TT Pro (53cm) for about a week now, and I finally got a pump today which actually had a gauge (I was borrowing a roommates pump with no gauge, but kept the tires at a relatively low pressure because I didn't want to accidentally over-inflate them without a gauge). Anyways, the max recommended pressure on the tires is 110 psi, so I pumped them up to 100psi...only to find that when the tires are properly inflated, my front brake doesn't clear the tire:



It seems like quite a few people on this forum have Kilo's ... how did anybody get around this? Aside from running it as a fixie with no brakes obviously. I took it into a LBS today and he adjusted it the best he could, but said the only thing I could do is get a lower profile tire.

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Old 09-03-10, 10:14 PM   #2
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Had the same problem with my Stripper! Factory fork was slightly bent and caused the rubbing. My shop buddy fixed it with a PARK Tool (can't remember the model #). Everything is all better now even w/25c.

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My room mate had the same problem, he just shaved it down a tad
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My room mate had the same problem, he just shaved it down a tad
Shaved down the brake itself? Well, sounds easier than bending the fork haha
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I had the same problem . I ran a 28c fyxation tire up front and when I inflated to a good riding pressure it rubbed on the brake. I just filed down the brake calipers a little bit and it worked no problem.
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Had the same problem with my Stripper! Factory fork was slightly bent and caused the rubbing.
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I had the same problem . I ran a 28c fyxation tire up front and when I inflated to a good riding pressure it rubbed on the brake. I just filed down the brake calipers a little bit and it worked no problem.
Mine is rubbing with a 23c though...
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send it back, yo.
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Mine is rubbing with a 23c though...
The combination of tight fork clearance, variations in manufacture and the design of those dual pivot calipers sometimes results in the situation you are experiencing. One possible solution is to file off the safety tabs on your fork ends (dropouts) and lower the wheel as far as possible to provide additional clearance. As long as you tighten the front axle nuts sufficiently, the wheel won't move, and even if it does it won't fall out.
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NO NEED TO FILE ANYTHING! Have a decent Shop Mech. put a mild cold set w/tool.

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are you talking about straightening out the fork bend? um.
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I had the same problem. I sanded down the brake pads a wee bit and then adjusted the calipers a little closer to the rim. It opened up the space betweem the top of the tire and the bottom of the calipers an additional 2mm - just enough room to allow the tire to spin without rubbing.
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anyone consider just slightly loosening the brake line?
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anyone consider just slightly loosening the brake line?
That makes it worse.
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Brakeless is always an option.....

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Do not bend the fork, it will screw up how the bike handles. I would return it. You are using all the stock parts....the bike is incompatible with itself....that is simply not acceptable. This is typical of BD...poorly designed **** just slapped together to sell with no real forethought other than sales.
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Had the same problem with my Stripper! Factory fork was slightly bent and caused the rubbing.
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Do not bend the fork, it will screw up how the bike handles. I would return it.
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I had the same problem. I sanded down the brake pads a wee bit and then adjusted the calipers a little closer to the rim. It opened up the space betweem the top of the tire and the bottom of the calipers an additional 2mm - just enough room to allow the tire to spin without rubbing.
This.
I had this problem also, I didn't have to do any sanding but the trick was to tighten the brake line to JUST before the pads hit this causes the caliper to have a slight pivot and it does not rub.
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This.
I had this problem also, I didn't have to do any sanding but the trick was to tighten the brake line to JUST before the pads hit this causes the caliper to have a slight pivot and it does not rub.
Yea, this is how I have it now...I just don't want to be bombing down a hill and have it catch and flip me over the bars haha. I didn't sand the pads, but I can adjust it so there's just BARELY like 1-1.5mm of space.
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i was having this problem too, i emailed bikesdirect and they've replaced the fork, they're way more helpful than one might expect considering how cheaply they sell bikes
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i was having this problem too, i emailed bikesdirect and they've replaced the fork, they're way more helpful than one might expect considering how cheaply they sell bikes
How'd that work out? Did you have to send back your existing fork? My girlfriend's bike has this same problem on and off.
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X2 my girlfriends bike has the same problem. Her plan was to just deal with it till she could get smaller tires, but if it bikesdirect will fix it I might have her do that.
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I would return it. You are using all the stock parts....the bike is incompatible with itself....that is simply not acceptable.
This. The bike is wrong as-is. It never should've been sold like that. Return it.
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I know I'm late to the party but it seems that we're seeing a good number of Kilos with messed up forks as of late.
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Did you try doing a centering adjustment? like loosening the pinch bolt and using a 4th hand tool give the brakes 1-2 cm's more of slack?and then and then loosening the center screw on the non cable side half turns. Or is it the fork? I don't own a kilo
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