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Title: U brake jams up / does not spring back
Post by: Karsten4130 on May 29, 2019, 02:50:59 PM
Hello guys!
So I bought an used cheap bike for my wife (Mirra Blend) and the seatstay u-brake does not spring back after being pulled hard. The springs are well adjusted and in correct orientation. Cable tension releases too. Brake arms are not touching each other. Tried the stock Tekro brake as well as a AD-990, almost no difference. It seems too me, that the arms jam up on the mounts. I have no idea how that can happen and I've never seen that in over 20 years of BMX.
Any advice?
Title: Re: U brake jams up / does not spring back
Post by: paranoidmexican on May 30, 2019, 01:18:22 PM
do the arms move freely when you take the brake cable off? you might have to take off the brakes and lightly sand/clean/grease up the mounts. make sure you clean the inside of the brake arms too.
Title: Re: U brake jams up / does not spring back
Post by: Karsten4130 on June 01, 2019, 04:56:48 AM
I now tried several brakes, sanded the mounts etc. What seemed to help finally was sanding the white powder coated rim which seemed really sticky, with residue of clear pads etc. . I think the problem was/is the kinematics of the SS brakes and the high friction between sticky pads and rim.