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Disk Brake Adjustment, Wheel wont spin freely, Brake Lever Compresses Fully

Old 03-10-13, 09:42 PM
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Disk Brake Adjustment, Wheel wont spin freely, Brake Lever Compresses Fully

Im having some issues with my disk brakes so before I begin ill give you some background.
-I have mechanical disk brakes
-I have traditional brake levers and theyre also hooked up to tektro cross levers
-My brake pads arent worn down theyre relatively new
-Only the one brake pad compresses the other side is stationary

So heres my problem:
My wheel will only spin freely even when the traditional lever can be compressed fully (no braking ability). To be able to stop my bike I have to adjust the brake by physically rotating the mechanism and tightening the bolt that holds the wire to keep it in place. But obviously, the wheel spins less freely and my brake lever can still be almost completely compressed and its still very weak stopping power. If I adjust it any tighter, the wheel will barely spin on its own but its the only way i can get good stopping power.

Is there any way to adjust the disk brakes that the wheel can spin freely and the brake lever wont compress all the way and have good stopping power? Thanks, Tyler.
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You have the wrong lever it sounds like. For disc brakes, you use V-brake levers unless you have calipers designed for use with road levers or canti brake levers.

It sounds like this is a road bike or a cross bike because you have two types of levers. If the calipers you have are designed for V brake levers, you won't pull enough cable to actuate the brakes.

Have you adjusted the stationary pad?
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Originally Posted by jsdavis
You have the wrong lever it sounds like. For disc brakes, you use V-brake levers unless you have calipers designed for use with road levers or canti brake levers. ... If the calipers you have are designed for V brake levers, you won't pull enough cable to actuate the brakes.
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Have you adjusted the stationary pad?
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And checked the alignment of the caliper while you're at it?
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