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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:37 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Hi

Just got a set of NOS XT Vbrakes. 1999 models and I am having problems setting them up. Basically on the side that the cable bolt is on, when the pad touches the rim, there is not enough tension on the spring. I have set up with small spacer on the pad to try and help, but even with tension adjuster at maximum, there is not enough tension? I have tried on another frame / wheel combo and have the same problem??

Any advice much appreciated.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:08 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Sorry. Should have tried a search first. Seems I need to bend the spring!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:06 pm 
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bending a spring - easier said than done - by virture of it being a spring, it will spring back to shape when bent.

the v-brake mounts usually have 3 small holes for the spring to locate - each hole gives a different amount of tension - so presumably you have tried the one that gives the most tension, assuming your frame has the 3 holes.

you can see the 3 holes here:
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:59 pm 
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02gf74 wrote:
bending a spring - easier said than done - by virture of it being a spring, it will spring back to shape when bent.


No it wont :wink:
02gf74 wrote:
the v-brake mounts usually have 3 small holes for the spring to locate - each hole gives a different amount of tension - so presumably you have tried the one that gives the most tension, assuming your frame has the 3 holes.

you can see the 3 holes here:
Image


As above on the 3 holes thing (sounds like some sort of secret code :shock:
Most put the pin in the middle hole so if yours are still touching then try the top hole.
The spring is just a steel bar(basically) and you can bend it slightly.


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