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Slow Actuation and Return: New Tektro BMX Levers on Touring Bike

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Old 02-08-19, 11:31 PM
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Slow Actuation and Return: New Tektro BMX Levers on Touring Bike

I just replaced cables and levers during handlebar style change (drop to trekking) on a relatively new bike. I kept the brake cable housings intact. The front operates just fine, however, the rear requires much more force to actuate (actually doesn't feel right) and is slow in returning. I did notice that the new cables, front and rear, may be a hair thicker than the originals... Like I mentioned the front is fine...Is the longer cable run to the rear problematic with the slightly thicker cable?
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How does the cable feel if you disconnect it from the brake caliper and cycle the lever?

If it still feels sticky, look for a problem with the cable housing or the cut ends.
If it feels good, check out your caliper for stiffness somewhere.
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Die Slicked cables ? add a little Grease, as you put the cable in? no kinks?
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How does the cable feel if you disconnect it from the brake caliper and cycle the lever?

If it still feels sticky, look for a problem with the cable housing or the cut ends.
If it feels good, check out your caliper for stiffness somewhere.
I'm thinking the cable is too thick. I disconnected and had to grab the caliper end with pliers to pull it back and forth through the housing...Thx.
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