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 Post subject: ee brakes + powercordz
PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:21 pm 
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decided i needed some new ww bling for my shiny bike and ordered some ee brakes from starbike - replacing the 2009 vintage sram red calipers, which are really ok though for really hard braking lever force needed seems high

i've been using powercordz for the last 5-6 years, has anyone use them with the current ee brakes? any tips?

i saw some postings about use on older versions, seems possible but fiddly to get the knot right

can always revert to steel if need be, but grams are grams :)


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:44 pm 
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I would say make sure you dial in the setup with steel cables first. Then replace with powercordz. I remember when I used to use powercordz, you had to get it right the first time and don't touch again.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:40 pm 
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just fitted them, some notes/comments...

the old brakes were sram red (from 2009), to get outer length correct for the ee brakes needed an extra nokon segment at the front and two at the rear

i only had one spare powercordz brake cable, it's a few years old so decided to sacrifice it for the rear and use steel on the front for now

i didn't do a knot with the powercordz cable, but ran it 180 degrees in a U around the clamp bolt

with adjusters at minimum tension, held pads to the rim and applied tension to the cables before clamping, then squeezed levers ***hard*** to seat the outers and nokon segments, front was pretty much perfect with minimum pads clearance, the rear needed a couple turns of the adjuster to reduce the gap

i was a bit surprised/annoyed than one of the cable clamping bolts had a malformed head, hex key would not go in all the way (i tried a few, all in good condition), had to be careful to avoid rounding the head when clamping, i'll email and see if they can send a spare for future use

aside from misplacing the square washer from the dodgy bolt while examining it - took me a tense 15 minutes to find it! - things were really straightforward

weight including pads was 205.5g ...

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had a quick test ride, braking seems good, i do wish they did them in silver though!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:57 pm 
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EE used to have brakes in silver. i have one on my IndyFab.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:11 pm 
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A picture of the cable clamp area will be much appreciated!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:25 pm 
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kode54 wrote:
EE used to have brakes in silver. i have one on my IndyFab.


i think it was a previous range that had silver and maybe other colours

now it seems to be black only with optional coloured logo badges


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:42 pm 
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Kayrehn wrote:
A picture of the cable clamp area will be much appreciated!


this shows the powercordz clamped

note that i left the end long, this is so that there is enough to grip with pliers and pull it tighter after a few rides once the nokon beads have snugged down under pressure

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:00 pm 
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Have you noticed any slip in the cable since you haven't knotted it?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:28 am 
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i'm checking it to see how it goes, looks like it will be a wet ride today too

it's only like this on the rear which is lower risk

as it's an old cable i'm experimenting to see how it goes, then i'll decide if/how i want to change it

i could certainly get a knot in there, also will see if the windsor clasp will fit


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:03 pm 
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I've been using cordz w/ eebrakes for a few years now. It's a one and done deal with tightening, much like the pic of the 180 turn posted previously. One time I needed more tension and since I was pulling the cable further I was able to adjust and re-tighten it. If I had to go the other way it would've been a wasted cord.

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