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My brakes have suddenly stopped squealing:

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by betty swollocks, 19 Sep 2007.

  1. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    after 23,000 miles. Eh?
    I'm using XTR V- brakes onto Mavic 717 black ceramic rims.
    I've not changed brake blocks or done any toeing-in recently. Tried all that initially and nothing worked.

    So, if your brakes squeal, simply wait three years and/or do 23,000 miles: it worked for me!
     
  2. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    Remember though, the brakes only squeal while there is any rubber on them:wacko:
     
  3. twowheelsgood

    twowheelsgood Senior Member

    Location:
    Zurich Switzerland
    The easy solution is not to go higher than LX in the shimano v brake range. The parallel-push mechanism is notorious for this (xt is the same). I guarantee that LX's with coolstop salmons would be cheaper, lighter and outbrake your set-up.
     
  4. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    That's as maybe.
    I did not intend this post to be a technical discussion on the merits of different brake/brake block/ rim combinations, but merely a light-hearted celebration of the fact that people within a radius of 100 yards will no longer have any forewarning that I'm slowing down!
     
  5. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    ;)

    I can only assume you must have worn down the brake blocks enough that some vital bit of rubber that caused the squealing is now gone. 23,000 miles is pretty good going for MTB rims.