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Is your SRAM Rival front brake notchy?

Old 02-14-12, 09:48 AM
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Is your SRAM Rival front brake notchy?

I've noticed that when I apply pressure to the SRAM Rival front brake, it feels notchy, like I feel every notch for every milimeter that I press the lever in.

I applied oil but it didn't change anything. I verified the order of the spacers and they are the same for front and rear brakes.

The rear brake doesn't do this.

Has anyone else noticed this?
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Old 02-14-12, 10:00 AM
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No.
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Old 02-14-12, 10:02 AM
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My Rival brakes are smooth.
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Old 02-14-12, 10:11 AM
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No, my 2011 Reds w/ Yokozuna Reaction cables are smooth. Maybe it's your cables/housings.
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Old 02-14-12, 10:15 AM
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verified spacers? applied oil? anyway... it's your cable rubbing on a metal part of the housing or something like that.
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Old 02-14-12, 10:33 AM
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my front brake has developed a bit of tick. just one notchy area, but it's consistent. have not investigated yet because I'm just bashing away on the trainer..
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Old 02-14-12, 10:46 AM
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Possibly a fraying or kinked cable/housing?
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Old 02-14-12, 10:51 AM
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Seems like you're in need of new brake cable/housing.
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Old 02-14-12, 10:53 AM
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Cable housing.
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Old 02-14-12, 06:56 PM
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Brand spanking new cabling. New bike build. Brand new everything. Damn it.
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Old 02-14-12, 07:51 PM
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I once found that when I cut my cable housing too short it produced a "notchy" feel just like you describe. I think it causes the cable to hug the inside radius of the bend and as a result it also rubs where it exits the metal cable stop/barrel adjuster on the brake. I'm not 100% sure on this and I could be totally off, but I've experimented on more than one occasion with different housing lengths and I've seen it happen more than once. I find that when the cable housing is just long enough to curve slightly away from the direction it will be going, this produces the smoothest lever action. That might be kind of confusing, but what I'm getting at is you should check the length of your cable housing to make sure it's reasonable. If that's not it, then I have no idea what would cause it except for damaged/frayed cables. Good luck.
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Oh yeah, forgot to mention the obvious. If the opening of the cable housing isn't perfectly round it could definitely cause those symptoms. Also, there is coiled metal directly underneath the black outer coating of the cable housing. Sometimes when you cut the housing, this spiralled up metal doesn't cut cleanly and it could block the opening where the cable comes out. Might want to check for this as well.

If you just bought it and don't feel comfortable working on it yourself, take it back to the shop where you bought it and explain the situation. I'm sure they'll understand and fix it for you.
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Thanks everyone for chiming in and pointing me in the right direction. I took the cable apart and there was some metal sticky just slightly in that looked like it would rub against the cable. So I cut about 1/4" off, reinstalled and voila, no more rubbing. Or should I say no more notchiness.
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Old 02-14-12, 08:55 PM
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That's why you're supposed to file the cable ends after you cut them
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Originally Posted by Propofol View Post
No, my 2011 Reds w/ Yokozuna Reaction cables are smooth. Maybe it's your cables/housings.
Sounds like someone didn't cut their brake housings properly
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Originally Posted by 3kmi View Post
Sounds like someone didn't cut their brake housings properly
Flame away!
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Old 02-14-12, 11:06 PM
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it happens
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Originally Posted by mazdaspeed View Post
it happens
Thanks. First time in 8 years. But as you can see, I'm going to make sure it never happens again... I just recorded this a few minutes ago and am going to go lie in a bath filled with Absorbine Junior... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yml_-Mx82wY
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