Brake Caliper Mounting & Adjustment – Linear Pull & V Brake

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

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Tools list:
• Park Tool Hex & Torx® Compatible Tools –
• Park Tool Torque Tools –
• BT-2 Cable Stretcher –
• SD-SET Screwdriver Set
• CN-10 Professional Cable And Housing Cutter –
• PPL-1 Polylube 1000 Lubricant –
• 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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