Clutch Clutch Cable Broke !

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dr_clabo

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Clutch Cable Broke !

Only have used the rig about 2 weeks or less and perhaps only a dozen times !

I thought that the angle for which the cable connected at the bottom looked somewhat acute from the factory.

Should I change the angle?
What is the experiences of the seasoned pros around here?


As always, thanks in advance,
~DC~
 

azbill

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the smaller the angle, the easier it is for the cable to move (easier to squeeze as well)
the larger the curves (radii) anywhere on a cable, the easier the motion

p.s. you can use a bicycle brake cable as replacement (cheaper as well)
 
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dr_clabo

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the smaller the angle, the easier it is for the cable to move (easier to squeeze as well)
the larger the curves (radii) anywhere on a cable, the easier the motion


As enlightening and as appreciated as that above was, perhaps the pic below will better outline the problem.

And, perhaps generate a detailed experience from a user.
There is but little clearance for adjustment on these and I simply left the factory setting.
Anybody else tinker or adjust the angle?
Anybody break a cable within days or weeks?

Let me know.....
~DC~

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azbill

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yup, turning it will lessen angle (straight)
a cable will generally not break from any pulling pressure,
but rubbing or sideways pressure will usually do it

hope that helps a little 8)
 
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dr_clabo

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yup, turning it will lessen angle (straight)
a cable will generally not break from any pulling pressure,
but rubbing or sideways pressure will usually do it


OK, I see. So yes, your's did need to be adjusted - correct?

How long before your cable broke, I would like to know?

Did you get even a week of use before requiring coming up with the above solution?

Thanks,
~DC~
 
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gone_fishin

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since you asked for this info...

during original install, i did slightly adjust the angle of the adjuster for "best fit" & even with that it still leaves a fairly sharp angle on the cable coming out and to the clutch-arm.

that said, tho...i better not be jinxing myself here...i have 6 months and 1000+ miles on the original cable with no signs of trouble to date.

and my opinion, after seeing pics of both yes-small-spring & no-small-spring, is that the small spring does in fact help keep the cable at a better angle where it goes into the adjuster.
 
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dr_clabo

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since you asked for this info... during original install, i did slightly adjust the angle of the adjuster for "best fit" & even with that it still leaves a fairly sharp angle on the cable coming out and to the clutch-arm.

Fantastic - A straight forward answer to a straight forward question:
Should I change the angle?

I guess I am about the only one around that has ever broke a cable.
Certainly the only guy that has broke one within 12 days of use.


What have been the experiences of the seasoned pros around here?
 
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gone_fishin

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dr_clabo said:
Fantastic - A straight forward answer to a straight forward question:

and now it's searchable, the library grows ever larger with each unique question :)
 
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Yes.

You should adjust it for the best "natural" angle. I adjusted mine for height as well. It was low as set from the factory, so I unscrewed it a couple of turns until it was even with the clutch arm. I also took the cable out of the sheath and cut the sheath down A LOT. I then LUBED the cable with light grease (Lubriplate) and ran it through the sheath. Once all that was done, I cut off the excess cable. My lever pull is very light.

...and yeah, go to a bike shop and buy a cheap brake cable.
 
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