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stiff rear brake lever

Triangle KebabTriangle Kebab Posts: 85
edited August 2013 in Workshop
over the last week of so my rear brake has been feeling very stiff to use, the lever feels quite stiff and there seems to be quite a lot of resistance on the cable when pulled. The calliper seems to be working fine when the cable is disconnected, but when out riding there is little to no stopping power in the rear brake. Can anyone shed any light on this for me??


  • rolf_frolf_f Posts: 16,015
    When did you last replace or clean the brake cable? Also, you should expect little stopping power in the rear brake anyway. The rear is generally only much good at slowing rather than stopping.
    Faster than a tent.......
  • JayKostaJayKosta Posts: 635
    Probably the cable needs to be lubricated, or replaced.
    Look closely, and if there are any broken wire strands, then replace the cable.
    If cable looks ok, there release the cable from the caliper, and clean & lube the ends WITHOUT removing it ( re-treading a used cable can be difficult...).

    Jay Kosta
    Endwell NY USA
  • tonybiedtonybied Posts: 48
    Could also be a kink in the cable. Replacing the cable inner will most likely fix the problem and is cheap and quite easy to do.
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