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Old 03-13-06, 01:00 PM
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V Brake Problems

My rear brake (Deore XT) is acting funny. One shoe seems content on sitting closer to the rim than the other and I'm not enough of a guru to figure out why, although it seems like the bar on that side (the little bar which keeps the tension) has lost its springiness. Does this ever happen and if it does, do I have to get a new set of brakes for the back? Thanks.
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Old 03-13-06, 02:12 PM
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Tightening the little screws will add tension to the side you are tightening, and you take tension away from the other side by loosening the other little screw. That little tension bar you mentioned just needs to be bent by hand if its lost its springiness. Also, make sure that your wheel is properly alligned, and that your hub is not loose causing the wheel to wobble.
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Old 03-13-06, 02:47 PM
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one simple trick to try is to put a screwdriver on the spring where the wider gap is and tap on that spring. That simple trick works all the time .
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There is a "spring" attached to the brake arm. I highly doubt if it has lost it's tension. See pic for adjustment procedure. Screw one side in or out and if need be do the opposite on the other side until spacing is correct.

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Old 03-13-06, 02:59 PM
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I'm sorry for the wrong advice I thought you were talking about a caliper type brake
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Old 03-13-06, 04:05 PM
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Thanks guys! I didn't expect my first post on here to be so promptly and thoroughly answered. I'm definetly looking forward to participating on the forums now.
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