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    Disc break help

    So I am new to the mountain bike sceen and totally hooked. I bought an entry level Scott Aspect 55 and will be switching out parts as I get better.

    My one question right now is how do I tighten the rear disc break?? My break leaver pretty much touches my bars.... watched a couple of vids but wasn't too clear. I also tried adjusting that little ring on the break leaver but it seemed like i was twisting it so much the cable alsmost came out of it.

    Sorry if this is the wrong place to post

    Many thanks in advance for my lack of terms and skills...

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    Is it a Shimano mechanical brake? if it is then you just need to pull the cable in shorter and re-tightened to get a better leverage, you can also try to use barrel adjuster on your lever it may help a bit.

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    Yes its mechanical.
    where exactly am I pulling the cable in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by polecats03 View Post
    Yes its mechanical.
    where exactly am I pulling the cable in?
    Down at the brake caliper.

    Also notice only one side of the brake moves...

    You can adjust the other side (inner side) with the hex on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Down at the brake caliper.

    Also notice only one side of the brake moves...

    You can adjust the other side (inner side) with the hex on the back.
    I saw that only one side moves... pretty sweet.
    So i know there are two screws, one on top and bottom. one video i saw is this guy unscrewed those, pulled his break lever and then tightened them back up. is that what i am doing? Or i actually see where the cable is clamped on, do i unscrew that, pull cable then tighten?

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    Just unscrew pull the cable and tighten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polecats03 View Post
    I saw that only one side moves... pretty sweet.
    So i know there are two screws, one on top and bottom. one video i saw is this guy unscrewed those, pulled his break lever and then tightened them back up. is that what i am doing? Or i actually see where the cable is clamped on, do i unscrew that, pull cable then tighten?
    Screw the adjuster at the lever all the way in...

    Then udo the cable at the brake and pull it tight...

    Then do it up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Screw the adjuster at the lever all the way in...

    Then udo the cable at the brake and pull it tight...

    Then do it up...
    i thought you leave the adjuster half way so you can fine adjust?


    there is a screw on the caliper that holds a metal plate that clamps the cable down. loosen that, pull a little more cable through, then tighten it back down. this will engage the brake sooner as there is less cable for the lever to pull.
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    hmmm - can you adjust the pad position on those brakes?

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