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user100044

Member since May 2019 • Last active Jul 2019
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Yeah not sure why but I can't change my profile name. I like the number, too.

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  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    So, follow-up from my OP...
    I've replaced the generic Tektro lever with Shimano-approved-for-roller-brakes. Also added grease (no discernable effect). It does work better with the new lever - I'd say about as good as an unremarkable V-brake.

    I was actually glad to have it for the annual Tour de l'île as it was pouring rain and long downhills.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    @jj72, Interesting. I've read people saying cable flex is important (and my cable setup is all-housing with no frame stops), but your refering to "both levers" means there was a front roller - which should have little flex! Another theory goes to dust...

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    So, bought a legit shimano lever, in case it was the culprit. Set the cable distance to recommended. Result is clearly better but still not exciting. It's spongy, never sharp, feels like pulling quite hard for moderate power.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    @Howard Thanks for your reply.
    Brake was bought new from store. Could be old stock, though. I've ordered a new Shim-approved lever and grease, see if it helps.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    (New here. Maybe you can tell from the name. Can't seem to change it for good. Call me fourtyfour then...)
    I've had no luck on the net, these forums and in my LFBS on this subject, but it seems there are users of IG hubs / roller brakes in here!

    I recently built my summer bike (I live in Canada) with a SG7R46 hub and a IM45 brake (with a Avid FR5 lever and new cabling/housing).
    Got issues, and I wonder which are due to my failings, and which are expected:

    A) hub is draggy. Enough that the pedals will spin when pushing the bike, as if a fixed hub (except the lightest touch will stop them). Also when freewheeling on the stand, it freewheels not long...

    B) brake is not braky. Feels firm enough on the stand, but once riding it, lever feels spongy, with much force applied for unsufficient power. Certainly can't lock the wheel, and doesn't feel secure.
    Tried tightening/slackening to no avail. Just changes the point at which it starts being spongy.
    I'm starting to think the lever might be at issue. It has less advantage than the shimano lever I have (35mm vs. 42 from pivot to cable attach). Don't think it's enough, though...

    Any insights, experiences, much appreciated!

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