Cable life for mech. disc brakes?



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Duncan Smith

Guest
On a cycling related note: No matter how much I twiddle trying to
align the calipers perfectly straight to the rotor or adjust the in-
board and out-board calipers to their peak position - it's been a good
long while since the front brake was capable of routinely lifting the
rear wheel off the ground on demand.

It's a much more spongey (and lengthy) kind of braking I get now. I
guess the original cable is well over half a year old now - would that
make it a candidate for routine replacement?

I also see there are some pretty tofty looking dedicated mech. disc
cables on the market now, i.e. Avid Full Metal Jacket, Avid Flak
Jackets, etc. Any views on these, the marketing looks a bit heavy on
the B.S. but they may have some merit?

Thanks,

Duncan
 
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David Damerell

Guest
Quoting Duncan Smith <[email protected]>:
>It's a much more spongey (and lengthy) kind of braking I get now. I
>guess the original cable is well over half a year old now - would that
>make it a candidate for routine replacement?


Goodness me, no, cables should not need replacement every six months!

That said - if water has got in and the cable and housing have filled up
with rust and scunge, they need replaced. I recommend tipping a little oil
into a housing when installing it.
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