Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montréal (Québec)
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I never had that noddle so I have set mine "straight", with the cable housing going directly to the bake levers themselves. I was also told that the noodle sold with the 287-V should be used to replace the non-adjustable noodle that goes near the brake.
Friction can be a problem but it doesn't need to be. It depends on the angle and position of the cable housing. I would recommend the following procedure to minimize friction.
1. Make sure your cable housing has a clean cut at the end. Route it approximately to find the proper length, but do not tape it yet to the handlebars.
2. Install the cable in the housing and attach the brake end.
3. Adjust the cable length and make sure the brakes work properly.
4. Then and only then, tape the cable housing onto the handlebars, and double check how the brakes work. Sometimes moving the cable housing by 1-2 mm near its point of entry into the lever is all you need to make the thing work properly.
5. Then tape the bars, cut excess cable length and protect the end.