Brake Caliper Mounting & Adjustment – Linear Pull & V Brake

How to install and adjust linear pull and V-brake calipers.

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• Thread Locker
• Rags

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Properly adjusted brake systems require attention to small details. This article will discuss caliper attachment to the frame, pad adjustment to the rim, and pad centering and clearance.

Linear pull calipers are attached to the frame or fork at the “braze-on.” If you are mounting the calipers or have removed them, grease the braze-on before installing the caliper. There may be three different spring hole options, it is typically best to choose the middle hole.

Brake pads are bolted to the caliper arms. When the bolt or nut is loosened, they can be adjustable in several directions. The pad should be correctly adjusted for vertical height alignment, tangent alignment, vertical face alignment and pad toe. Not every brand or model of brake caliper has every adjustment, and sometimes you must simply compromise when setting pads.


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27 Responses to “Brake Caliper Mounting & Adjustment – Linear Pull & V Brake”

  1. when you center the brakes ,is it a good idea to have the screws on both sides, at the half way mark and adjust from there ?

  2. Thanks a bunch for this video!! I needed the instructions for my Trek 7100

  3. Do you have any (Dual Pull Brake Lever) installation tutorials?

  4. Thanks, excellent video and really clear instructions, exactly what I was looking for.

  5. This was great for my fitting a new set of calipers. Appreciate how clearly it is explained!

  6. Thanks so much – hope I can make the proper adjustments. Good tips to know.

  7. Thank you so much for making this video, it was extremely helpful. Keep up the good work👍

  8. What a great video!!!! Thank you for the PERFECT video. As I set up my first v-brake, this video answered all my questions and more. Well done video images and audio, narration and skill of mechanic is excellent.

  9. great vid

  10. I echo the comments about a great video – very clear instructions, well done. I had the same problem on front and rear brakes of my son's bike. Crappy springs on the same side (the one that takes most of the load, if you think about it) had lost tension. Use pliers to grip the spring and pliers to put a couple of bends into the spring – and all is good. Strikes me that this is the brake manufacturers building in redundancy, so that the brakes 'fail' a few years down the road and you are conned into buying new ones. The spring is the only part that can go wrong unless you crash the bike….simple to fix. Brakes now adjusted and working well.

  11. great video, great explanations. .simply great job. thanks

  12. thikka puvvu video

  13. Excellent video – really clear with the tyre off – cheers…

  14. Fantastic..This guide helped me set up my V brakes perfectly. Thank you sir!

  15. 'V' ery good clear and concise video ;-)

  16. very good video ,but please dont say LUBE for when grease is more appropiate ,just pedantic

  17. Hello so I just finished doing g this but When ever I go to ride it it comes out if calibration i have done this a few times now. Does that mean I need to replace the brakes. That was what I think I need to do.

  18. I broke the screw hole on the first side, any way to fix this? :/

  19. I can't get mine centered, always rubs on one side. Tried adjusting the screws but makes no difference.

  20. Best of all the brake adjustment videos I've seen. Thanks

  21. great video

  22. Absolutelly the BEST instructional video on this braking system I have EVER seen! Bless you sir. I SO wish I had a teacher like you in school. Thanks again!

  23. Thank god for youtube. This video is superb.

  24. Best brake video. Explains everything you need to know. Thanks.

  25. Best V brake video I've seen and I've looked at A LOT of them. Nicely done!!

  26. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwesome video

  27. Excellent tutorial. Nice clear instructions, with explanations of what & why, and easy to see what is being done.