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Old 05-20-20, 11:32 AM
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V-brake Skewed

I have a Specialized Hot Rock where the rear brake is not adjusting well; it's either too shallow or too deep into the handle. I replaced the cable, cable housing, and pads. During this process I noticed that my pads are skewed (see photo). Is this bent and can it be repaired or should I just buy a new V-brake?

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Old 05-20-20, 11:56 AM
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There is a concave washer beside the pad. Just loosen the end bolt and wiggle it until it squares up, then tighten.
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Originally Posted by Brainstewn View Post
I have a Specialized Hot Rock where the rear brake is not adjusting well; it's either too shallow or too deep into the handle. I replaced the cable, cable housing, and pads. During this process I noticed that my pads are skewed (see photo). Is this bent and can it be repaired or should I just buy a new V-brake?
The pads aren’t “skewed”. They are “toed”. The front of the pad should hit the wheel before the rear, thus the angle of the pad. If the pad hits flat or if the rear hits before the front, it can lift the front of the pad off the rim and cause it to vibrate. That vibration causes the dreaded brake squeal.
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Is it possible that the angle adjustment range that is an aspect of the "ball and socket" mount of the pad isn't enough to compensate for a really bent arm or boss? Yes, but it's very unlikely that the boss or arm is really bent. So GamblerGORD's comment is the likely solution.

One trick I sometimes use is to unhook the arm's spring so the arm freely pivots about. This lets one more easily hold the pad against the rim while tightening the mounting nut. I also put a small drop of lube on the pad's threads to better allow for future removal. Andy
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
The pads aren’t “skewed”. They are “toed”. The front of the pad should hit the wheel before the rear, thus the angle of the pad. If the pad hits flat or if the rear hits before the front, it can lift the front of the pad off the rim and cause it to vibrate. That vibration causes the dreaded brake squeal.
Thank you CYC
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Thank you GG53, your comment hit me like a pie in my face when I read the "Concave washer."
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Thank you Andrew!
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