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Old 01-25-11, 07:12 PM
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Cable hanger and spacer position

Hi All,

Building up my first bike completely from scratch, and have a question regarding the position of the cable hanger for the front brakes. I'm using cantilever brakes on a surly cross-check fork, and due to the bulk of the headset my cable hanger will not fit flush with the headset, when it's below all other spacers. Is it safe to place the cable hanger above a spacer (i.e. from top to bottom: spacer, cable hanger, spacer, headset)?

I've read about filing down the cable hanger to fit above the head set, but I would rather not if I don't have to. Mostly just concerned with safety.

Thanks in advance for any info.
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I don't see any problem with it provided you get the headset adjusted correctly.
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It will work fine.
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The cable hanger serves as a spacer, just preload the headset as you normally would, then tighten the stem. Cable hangers usually have a small set screw on them, after everything else is done, snug up the set screw for added security that the cable hanger won't rotate. Don't overtighten the set screw, though, just snug it up-
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I had the exact same problem with my Cross Check so I added a 3 mm spacer above the headset's top cap and below the cable hanger to get the hanger to clear. well biked's description of the adjustment procedure is spot on.
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Great! Thanks everyone for your help.
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Alternatively, some people get less brake squeel by mounting a fork crown cable housing stop,
on a thru the fork crown bolt.

Particularly on large frames.
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