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    new bike - tire rubbing on brake

    I got my Airborne in today. Slapped it all together, and found the front tire has a slight rub for about 60% of the rotation. I can either run the bike to my LBS and have them true the wheel, or I can try and and make some tweaks to the truing. This being my first time with disk brakes, it seems like it might be tricky since I don't have a good visual. Any advice would be helpful.

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    Is the tire rubbing, or the rotor?
    Quote Originally Posted by Fuglio View Post
    You guys suck im all bummed now

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    rotor.

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    If your rotor is rubbing on the pads then the disc brake caliper might need realigning.

    If your rotor isn't true then you will need to true it.


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    Are you sure the front wheel is straight in the drop outs? Don't know how many times I've chased problems and then found the wheel wasn't fully seated.
    Try aligning the caliper first. On most setups, loosen the caliper mounting bolts, squeeze the lever and re-tighten the caliper bolts. Details on this at:
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