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shimano brake calipers

bluemoonbluemoon Posts: 38
edited December 2007 in MTB workshop & tech
i have shimano hydraulic brakes and every time i take my wheels off i have to re aliign my callipers. am i doing something wrong ? this doesn't seem right??!!


  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    sounds like you are not seating your wheel correctly each time. which is giving the impression that you need to play with the caliper.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • so how do i seat the wheel correctly?
  • pittponypittpony Posts: 1,057
    You'll definitely need to reset or realign them if the brake lever has been squeezed without a rotor between the pads. I think the tightness of the skewer can also affect the alignment of the rotor between the pads, although to a lesser extent.
  • i make a point of not squeezing the lever without a rotor insitu
  • pittponypittpony Posts: 1,057
    I think there is a video on the site on how to seat a wheel properly. Might be worth a look
  • do u have a link? can't find anythin
  • pittponypittpony Posts: 1,057
    This is where I saw it. Click on the 'videos' box (top right) and scroll down to the bit on wheels. There's a couple on skewers that should have some useful info but its been a while since i saw them. Hope its of some use
  • thanks for that but didn't really help my problem
  • dav1dav1 Posts: 1,298
    what type of skewers do you have?

    I have the locking ones and I find that loosely securing my wheels with the bike upside down then sitting it on its wheels before fully tightening seats them correctly each time. Give this a try if you haven't already.
    Giant TCR advanced 2 (Summer/race)
    Merlin single malt fixie (Commuter/winter/training)
    Trek superfly 7 (Summer XC)
    Giant Yukon singlespeed conversion (winter MTB/Ice/snow)

    Carrera virtuoso - RIP
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    wheels should only be tightened in place whith the bike the right way up.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
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