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    Brakes failing?

    So I was out for a ride yesterday along our river here. I went from the normal path down a little path to the side river. Nothing major. When slowing down my back brake. Failed on me, When I used it the lever goes all the way down to the bar. It starts to brake and then it makes a clicking noise and it backs off.

    I adjusted the cable and that seemed to help a little but is there something else I should be looking at.

    These are disc brakes. So the arm on the brake does have a allen screw on it. Should that be adjusted (tightened)?

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    Anyone got any insight?

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    You cable is frayed somewheres inside the housing. It will snap if you don't replace it - it's been snapping strands and in effect growing longer - why the lever meets your grip.
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    These are cable brakes? What brand/model? Is the cable tight? Are the pads worn out? Look at the caliper while pulling the lever and you should be able to see the pads clamping the rotor.
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    I did have to move the brake portion further up the cable. The brakes do move when I use the brake lever. SO the cable fraying might be a good thing to look into. Thanks for that input.

    These are cable brakes. The brakes shouldn't be worn out yet. I've had 2 trail rides on it and some street riding.

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    Are these mechanical or hydraulic brakes? I had a similar problem with tektro novela mechanical brakes. If you have the novelas, then what you are experiencing is very likely an internal problem in the caliper body. The bearings are jumping the ramps and falling back in the next ramp. I solved the problem by changing the 3 ball bearings in the caliper body.

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    I do not know what brand they are as I am at work currently. They are mechanical. I am going to go home and take the brake apart and look at it and see what I can find out.

    Thank you for this info, Ill look into these also.

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    208Ryder, how did this work out in the end. I am having the same issue with the rear caliper right now.

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