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Old May 11th, 2009, 8:39 AM   #1
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Now that I have been riding my wicked again I am having a hard time getting the brakes to work well enough. I have disc on my FS and find I am riding too fast for my brakes. I tried new koolstop pads, cables and housings. I set the v to the cantillever at as close to 90 deg but I find I don't get the braking I got used to with the disk. I also tried cleaning the rims and that had little or no effect.
At this point I want a wicked with disk. Do I call Rody and have him make me up a new custom frame, try V Brakes, or is there a different pad the works well? Or do I just slow down.

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Old May 11th, 2009, 11:44 AM   #2
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They seemed to work slightly better this morning. Possibly the sanding and cleaning of the rim helped, but needed some time to seat in?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old May 11th, 2009, 12:49 PM   #3
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Your old cantilevers are never going to compare to discs. Getting that cable hanger as close to the tire as possible will help some, but makes them feel squishy. V-brakes would make a huge difference, as long as you can live with the looks of having the un-used cable hangers. And, yes you should also have Rody build you a frame!
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Old May 11th, 2009, 1:39 PM   #4
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Thanks I think I might try the v brake in the rear.. Not much to do to fit it , I can still use the cable guide on the top tube. Figure the one below the seat is like an extra brace

>>you should also have Rody build you a frame!<<

I am really thinking about it.. He can replicate a yo eddy with suspension and disc brakes. Sounds like an awesome thought to me.. Maybe even Titanium? I think it sounds awesome. I love the new technology personally, but there is no comparison to my wicked.

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Old May 11th, 2009, 3:59 PM   #5
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I found Sheldon Browns comments and with DC's suggestion and a bit of thinking I remounted the pads further away from the lever (towards the wheel) or further out on the post, then lowered the y closer to the tire now it feels WAY better.

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Old May 12th, 2009, 2:37 PM   #6
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Update..

Brakes work tons better.. the problem is I am going to fast.
bombing down a single track roller coaster do a blind corner, then someone is walking up- dang.. lock em up


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