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cable pullel-sol
Dec 12, 2003 1:23 PM
I am trying to use 105 STI levers with Avid brakes, that came on a 2000 Jake the Snake. The brakes say "Avid 10C" and look like the Avid Shorty to me. My problem is that if I don't want the lever to hit the bar when braking I need to set up the brake so that the pads are extremely close to the rim. Somehow the levers don't seem to pull enough cable. Does anyone know these brakes? Are they not supposed to be used with STI levers? I have used Froglegs before where the pads can be placed pretty far away from the rim. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
re: cable pulldamon
Dec 14, 2003 1:55 AM
Couple things you can do...

1) those use threaded boss brake pads with the conical washers, right? Get as many spacers to the pad side of that boss to spread the brake arms out as much as possible. Note that the two large grey "cup" washers are different thicknesses. Thick one on the inside. You might also think about going with standard kool-stop pads instead of the rip-off thinline versions...

2) did your brakes come with an adjustable straddle hanger? You can tell this by the single cable that connects both brake arms (the non-adjustable type has the main pull cable attach directly to the brake, usually through some tube, and then a little doo-dad simply connects to the other side. This style is bad.). If you have the adjustable style, raise the yoke (the triangle shaped piece) for more pad travel at the expense of overall power. If you don't have this style, get it. Any LBS should be able to help you out.

Sorry if this is all elementary to you, and good luck,
re: cable pullel-sol
Dec 15, 2003 7:36 AM
Thanks for your great answer, Damon. It is not elementary to me at all.
I will try the things you suggested. The only problem is that it is a rather small frame and there is not much space to raise the yoke in the back. But I will see if I can get it to work.
re: cable pulldamon
Dec 15, 2003 7:52 AM
Just a couple other things to consider if the previous suggestions aren't quite enough... Make sure your brake cables are clean and don't bind anywhere. When your hands are off the brakes, there shouldn't be any slack in the cable. If there is, that is a big part of your problem and you should take care of that. Another way to get a more robust braking system is to increase the spring force of the brake arms. This will provide a nice, "snappy" feel at the brake levers, but at the expense of robbing a little stopping power because now you are fighting more spring...

Good luck, hope you get it figured out. Good brakes are a good thing!