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Any differences between front & rear Record brakes???(8 posts)

Any differences between front & rear Record brakes???kapalua
Aug 23, 2002 6:26 AM
My front brake has the two screws(bolts) where you can adjust the side-to-side alignment and brake feel tension. However, my rear brake does not have these screws...the slots are there but in their place are plastic inserts.

This makes aligning the rear brake a major pain in the neck! Was my rear brake not fully assembled properly? Should it be the same as the front brake? Lastly, are brakes specific to front or rear?

Thanks for your help!
Aug 23, 2002 6:33 AM
The front brake is double pivot, the rear is single pivot. To center the brake, slide a 15mm (I believe) open-end wrench behind the caliper (there should be a 'nut' there) and turn in the appropriate direction.

The reason for this brake situation is that you don't need the power in the rear that you need in the front, and there are weight savings in a single pivot design.
BIG THANKS!!!!kapalua
Aug 23, 2002 9:00 AM
I can't thank you enough! I was centering the rear brake by loosening the mounting bolt, centering, and then tightening the bolt. This would take many attempts until it was just right.

Yeah, that's the hard way...TJeanloz
Aug 23, 2002 9:02 AM
I've seen it done by many new mechanics- keep in mind the appropriate wrench technique requires a thin, cone-type wrench, but it will make your life easier.
and alsoRusty Coggs
Aug 23, 2002 1:02 PM
be sure the mounting nut is tight enough to hold the adjustment.
No wonderB2
Aug 23, 2002 2:03 PM
I was having such a hard time centering the rear brake.

Thanks for tip,
thought the single pivot was just an option? (n)ColnagoFE
Aug 26, 2002 6:58 AM
It might be...TJeanloz
Aug 26, 2002 9:36 AM
Actually, I think the dual pivot is an option and single pivot is standard- I'd have to double check. I am reasonably sure that the dual pivot is still available.