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2000 105 brakes(6 posts)

2000 105 brakesGerard
Sep 29, 2001 8:17 AM
I have a 2000 Giant TCR2 with Shimano 105 brakes. The brakes seem to work okay but they feel somewhat squishy. Does anyone know what I could do to make them feel more solid. Thanks...
re: 2000 105 brakesroy Zipris
Sep 29, 2001 2:38 PM
I'm not sure I understand exactly what you mean by "squishy" but ... have you tried tightening the brake cable by rotating the barrel adjuster a quarter turn?
re: 2000 105 brakesGerard
Sep 29, 2001 5:40 PM
Yes... It seems like there is a lot of flex in the caliper and the brake pads seem soft. Once the pad engages the rim there is still a lot of movemant at the lever.
Must be the padsmuncher
Oct 1, 2001 8:21 AM
My 105s are the same, and they are really solid. Obvious question, but do you have newish cables, or are you running old worn out ones?
They are new...Gerard
Oct 1, 2001 6:07 PM
Can you recommend any pads?
They are new...muncher
Oct 2, 2001 7:40 AM
Dunno - I have the Shim ones that came fitted - I don't have the bike with me to check what they are. You could try some longer thinner ones, and see if that helps, if it's a matter of too much "squash" in your pads.

Have you checked the centering? It can be that one pad is hitting before the other, and the squash is the other one "catching up" if you don't have the centering sorted? Similarly, are you sure that they are mounted firmly to the fork and that there is no ride on the mounting bolt as you apply the pressure?

All the above assumes that the pads and rims are clean, or course?