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    Need advice from Unit owners

    I just came into posession of one Kona Unit . Lots of fun!!!! However, the brakes on it are Avid SD 5's, and the rear brake arms are very close to the tire and wheel, making adjustments a beatch. I'll replace them with rim brakes and am looking for any suggestions of brands and models that work well on the set up. And don't say "go discs!"

    Thanks!

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    Go Discs! I just couldn't help myself
    "A full rigid SS or fixie is 99% rider, 1% bike, and 100% more fun" Monogod

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    Can't help you, I use disks.

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    I went discs. Tired of adjusting the brakes every time after moving the slider plus the braks arms could stick way out.

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    What spacers are on the side closest to the pads? Is it the thick one or the thin one, if you know what I mean?
    Problem: "Bike has trouble going up steep hills."
    Fix: Recommend pressing harder on the pedals.

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    I'm running Avids on my Unit and clearance isnt a problem. As was mentioned earlier, it sounds like you have the wrong spacers on the pad bolts.

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    Hmmm...the spacers on these do seem thicker than the ones on the Ultimates I have on the full suspension. Are thinner spacers available? Now I'm thinking about going to discs....hmmmm. I said discs!

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    Spacing.

    As others have said, I too think your pad spacing is off. Easy to fix. Take a look at the manual for your brakes:

    http://www.sram.com/_media/techdocs/...-5-install.pdf

    If that's your problem, you'll be off and running in 5-10 minutes. Just make sure to adjust the pads properly after switching the spacers. (This is also covered in manual.)

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    Thanks BR for the spacer advice. It helped some. I made all the appropriate adjustments, but still had to let the cable out some to get the proper spacing.

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