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    BB7s vs cheaper hydros

    I replaced my bb7s with a pair of bengal helix 3 hydraulics. I have trouble adjusting the rear caliber as there are no adjustment bolts. Whatever I do I cannot avoid the rotor touching. Its so bad I am thinking to go back on bb7s. Any thoughts? Thx

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    There are shims to space the caliper,check your LBS.

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    With hydraulics all you should really need to do is, loosen caliper bolts, clamp down hard on the brake lever and hold, then tighten caliper bolts.

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    Sometimes you need to remove the pads and advance the caliper pistons a little. Clean and lube the pistons with rubber grease. Push then back in with a plastic tire lever. Replace pads. Then center caliper as stated. This is a common with Avid pads. Lots of threads on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markleo View Post
    I replaced my bb7s with a pair of bengal helix 3 hydraulics. I have trouble adjusting the rear caliber as there are no adjustment bolts. Whatever I do I cannot avoid the rotor touching. Its so bad I am thinking to go back on bb7s. Any thoughts? Thx
    Just curious as to why you switched from the BB7's?
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    BB7s vs cheaper hydros

    Not the OP, but I switched to hydros from cable because I ride in rain and mud a lot. Could never keep the cable clean and the pull strength required would go from light touch to hand cramp in just a few rides. I was tired to replacing cables/sleeves. Don't have to do anything with the hydros.
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    Is the angle off or is it rubbing on 1 side?

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    common with hydro brake calipers if new or installing new pads. pistons have to be reset or pushed back. levers may have been pressed without anything in between the pistons or pistons are all the way out from thin/used-up pads.

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