How to Align a Mechanical Disc Brake on a Bike

A rubbing or underperforming disc brake can often make a ride frustrating. Regardless of brand and model, this article will help you gain the knowledge you need to adjust mechanical disc brakes to solve annoying noises or weak brake feel.

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Video contents:
00:00 Preliminary Information
03:10 Alignment Procedure
04:45 Alignment Procedure: Single Lever Arm – Dual Adjustment
05:38 Alignment Procedure: Single Lever Arm – Single Adjustment
06:21 Alignment Procedure: Dual Lever Arm
07:09 Final Adjustments
10:15 Other Considerations

➤ Tools & materials used:
• Hex & Torx Compatible Tools –
• CN-10 Professional Cable and Housing Cutter –
• ATD-1.2 Adjustable Torque Driver –

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