Look After Dual Pivot Caliper Rim Brakes


It's important to keep your dual pivot caliper rim brakes in working order. There are 3 main elements - the lever, the cable and the brake itself. Pads need to be checked most frequently, but are easily replaced if need be. As the pad wears sometimes you will need to correct the point of contact by adjusting the position of the brake.

This is a long guide, so you can choose to either watch the entire video above, or follow it in smaller chunks by clicking on the individual steps below.

Steps to Look After Dual Pivot Caliper Rim Brakes:

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1. Diagnose Brake Problems

A cable operated rim brake has three elements. The lever, the cable and the brake itself. Separating the elements helps decide which element needs attention, and where your brake problems lie.

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2. Check And Service Brake Blocks

Rim brakes slow and stop the bike by pressing soft blocks against the wheel rim to produce friction. A brake block wears away with use.

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3. Replace Rim Brake Blocks

Brake pads wear in use and need to be replaced before the indicator slots disappear. Rubber hardens with age, so replacing old pads after a couple of years will improve braking performace regardless of wear. Some brakes have removable blocks that sit inside the shoe, these can be replaced independently without the need to replace the entire shoe. Other brakes have an integrated shoe, where the whole unit needs to be replaced.

Mount And Service A Dual Pivot Caliper Brake - MadeGood.bikes

4. Mount Or Reposition A Dual Pivot Caliper

Dual-pivot brakes are simple to set up but the brake pads work in a particular way and need special treatment.

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5. Adjust Handlebar Controls Attached To

The handlebar controls need to be easily accessible and your hands need to be comfortable while riding to avoid fatigue. Controls need to be positioned before you put tape on drop handlebars.

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6. Check A Caliper Brake

There are a number of elements that wear in a caliper brake system, so they should be checked for operation regularly.