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Old 09-23-08, 10:00 PM
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help adjusting canitlevers...

So I'm trying to adjust my cantis so that the pull on my levers are just as good as my road bike.
I'm not sure of the sequence of steps to fine tune it...so here goes...

At the point of rim contact, I've positioned the pivot bolts and brake pad mounting bolts to line up vertically. At this point, I loose the pads so that they just touch the rims. So here is where i'm a bit fuzzy.. Do I need to adjust the length of the carrier wire so that it is just beneath the lowest point on the fork (as if to accomodate a fender)? Should this length be established when the cantis are in the resting state or touching the rims?
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The height of the straddle cable determines the feel and leverage of the brake...

(Generally speaking) on modern low-profile cantilever brakes, a lower straddle cable makes the brake feel mushy but gives you more stopping power, a high straddle cable feels nice and crisp but gives less stopping power.

As is often the case, Sheldon brown should have the last word on this... Sheldon's Article on Canti Brake Setup
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