Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

V brake problem

Old 02-28-06, 12:56 PM
  #1  
danny p
Danny p from the UK
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
V brake problem

Hi all,

Just bought some new pads and blocks for my v-brake system. Problem is now i've put the new pads in and tried to adjust em so they don't rub on the rim, I CAN'T!!!!

I've tried all the usual, adjusting the barrell on the lever, slackening the cable at the brake but it just ain't happening. I am at the end of cable at the brake and it's still the same. Have I got enough cable?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Ta very much.

Dan
danny p is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 01:06 PM
  #2  
BoSoxYacht
Banned
 
BoSoxYacht's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: take your time, enjoy the scenery, it will be there when you get to it
Posts: 7,282

Bikes: 07 IRO BFGB fixed-gear, 07 Pedal Force RS

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Tell us more . What model brakes and pads are you using? a close-up photo might help too.
BoSoxYacht is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 01:16 PM
  #3  
motorhommmer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Posts: 379

Bikes: Specialized Sirrus Sport, Specialized Stumpjumper Comp, Brompton, Trek 1500

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by danny p
Hi all,

Just bought some new pads and blocks for my v-brake system. Problem is now i've put the new pads in and tried to adjust em so they don't rub on the rim, I CAN'T!!!!

I've tried all the usual, adjusting the barrell on the lever, slackening the cable at the brake but it just ain't happening. I am at the end of cable at the brake and it's still the same. Have I got enough cable?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Ta very much.

Dan
1) You need to go through it one step by one step.
2) Check that you have adjusted the spacers properly and put them in the right way
3) Check you have enough gap starting off either side of the rim
4) Centre them by adjusting the side screws

Go to parktool.com
http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=21

Sounds like you may not have put the spacers in properly. If you have not replaced the blocks on the other wheel yet look at how those are set up and copy that. As an aside I prefer to use cartridge pads as that way once you set them up once you never have to move them again. You just replace the pads.
http://www.ravx.com/pages/BB/vbrakecartridge.html. You slide the pads out and then replace them.
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...x?ModelID=4786

Hope this is of help.
motorhommmer is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 01:40 PM
  #4  
danny p
Danny p from the UK
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
They're XT brakes and bought some clarks blocks which are compatable. I live in the UK so not sure if they're available in the US.

Can't put a pic on as no digital camera.
danny p is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 01:45 PM
  #5  
BoSoxYacht
Banned
 
BoSoxYacht's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: take your time, enjoy the scenery, it will be there when you get to it
Posts: 7,282

Bikes: 07 IRO BFGB fixed-gear, 07 Pedal Force RS

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by motorhommmer
Sounds like you may not have put the spacers in properly. If you have not replaced the blocks on the other wheel yet look at how those are set up and copy that. As an aside I prefer to use cartridge pads as that way once you set them up once you never have to move them again. You just replace the pads.
Yeah . What he said
BoSoxYacht is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 01:47 PM
  #6  
danny p
Danny p from the UK
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
They're XT brakes and bought some clarks blocks which are compatable. I live in the UK so not sure if they're available in the US.

Can't put a pic on as no digital camera.
danny p is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 02:50 PM
  #7  
danny p
Danny p from the UK
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I think the blocks i've bought are just too big and i ain't got enough cable to allow. Put just the rubber in the front ones and adjusted and they work fine. Gotta get some new blocks for the back that are the same size as the stock ones. Any ideas?
danny p is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 03:18 PM
  #8  
nodnerb
Senior Member
 
nodnerb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wpg. Manitoba
Posts: 494

Bikes: Mountain Cycle Rumble. Mostly xt and raceface built. Dirt Jumper 3. Avid BB7s.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Is the adjuster all the way in on the lever end of the cable?

EDIT: nevermind. I payed attention while reading the op this time.
nodnerb is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 04:08 PM
  #9  
danny p
Danny p from the UK
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yes mate.
danny p is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 04:42 PM
  #10  
jeff williams
I couldn't car less.
 
jeff williams's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 4,397

Bikes: Ritchey P-series prototype, Diamondback, Nishiki Triathelon Pro.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The pads mount with spacers and cones.
-you get a wide spacer and a narrow one.
Which one is to the inside (pads side)? If wide the ones inside, use the narrow one inside -wide outer.

If the narrow ones inside, you need more cable.
Undue the cable from the caliper and get a little more wire.
jeff williams is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 05:06 PM
  #11  
blue_neon
Elite Rep
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Melbourne - Australia
Posts: 2,096
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yeh make sure the 2 cones fit into each other and they arn't the wrong way around. You might need to try changing the spacers around like jeff mentioned above. Just make sure the cone is in they spacer the right way. (i think thats what its called)
blue_neon is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.