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    BB5 Question

    I have an 08 Rockhopper Disc that has BB5's. I have had the brakes adjusted at least three times. Both the front and rear rotors make rub just a little bit. If I spin either the front or rear wheel I can hear a tick at the spot the rotor rubs. It does not put any drag on the wheels. It drives me nuts but is this normal? Thanks in advance for any assistance.


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    Sounds like your rotor might be a bit out of true, very normal, just needs truing (the rotor that is).
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    Do what the above poster said. As for taking them in to get setup, no need to do that, setup is very easy. All you need is a torx wrench (for the brake pad), allen wrench and a couple of business cards.

    1. Back the pad out all the way
    2. Loosen the the bolts that hold the caliper to the fork/frame
    3. Put a business card on each side of the rotor between the pads and tighten the pad
    down until it's a snug fit.
    4. Tighten the bolts that hold the caliper to the frame/fork.
    5. Loosen the brake pad so you can remove the business cards.
    6. All that's left is to move the brake pad back in. I usually move it in until it scrapes the rotor then just back it out 2-3 clicks.

    When I got my GF Kaitai from the bikeshop my brakes were horrible. I was completely disappointed with their performance as my first disc brakes compared to other bikes I had ridden. I had them tuned up a couple of times to no avial. Then I searched the internet, found the above advice and instantly had MUCH better grab. I know you didn't say anything about grab...but if your rotors are true this should help there too as it will give proper spacing.

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