Adjusting the brakes

Adjusting the brakes


your Gtech eBike comes with simple, easy to adjust brakes on both the front and the rear wheels in this film I’ll
show you how to adjust the cable the travel and the brake lever reach and
how to align and replace the pads all these instructions apply to both the
front and the rear brakes as they’re of identical design, as for
assembling the brakes that’s a quick job that we’ll cover in
the assembling your eBike video so first lets look at adjusting the cable,
your break should be adjusted so that when you pull the brake levers
to the halfway travel position like this the whole of the surface of
the brake pad is in contact with the wheel rim like
this, if not you need to make some simple
adjustments just use your Gtech tool to loosen the adjuster screw here until
you can move the cable if you need to loosen it push a little
extra cable through like this if you need to tighten it pull a little
cable through then re tighten the adjuster screw if
you end up with excess cable sticking out like this there’s a handy slot on the back of the
break arm just here where you can hook the excess cable
securely out of the way now let’s look at what we mean by brake
travel and how you can adjust it when you pull
on the brake levers the pads should both hit the wheel rim at
the same time if they don’t you need to adjust the
travel, here’s how go to the brake arm that is moving slowest the one that reaches the rim last and locate the spring adjuster screw here turn the screw slightly clockwise to
tighten it until the gaps on either side are equal and the pads touch
the rim at the same time you might also need to loosen the screw
on the other side to achieve this okay let’s see if we have the brake
levers adjusted correctly when you pull either
brake lever you shouldn’t be able to pull it all the
way back to here where it touches the handlebar grip if
you can it’s time for a simple adjustment there’s a ring and a bolt where the brake
cable enters the lever unscrew the adjuster ring by turning it
anti-clockwise then unscrew the adjust bolt by a few
turns this will reduce the travel in the lever test it to make sure it no longer pulls
all the way back to the handlebars hold the bolt in place with one hand
while tightening the ring with the other make sure it’s nice and secure against
the lever mount and finally to keep these slots in the bolt and ring free of water and dirt make
sure they are not facing upwards or forwards last of all let’s look at
how to align and replace the pads for your brakes to
perform at their optimum the brake pads need to be correctly
aligned against the wheel rim here’s how to make sure that they are,
firstly disconnect the brake by closing the brake arms with your
thumb and finger allowing you to left out the cable then use your Gtech tool to loosen the
brake pad fixing bolts allowing you to adjust the position of the
pad you can both straighten the pad and adjust its height to make sure that
it rests perfectly on the wheel rim when the brake arms are
closed when it does hold the pad securely in position
while you re tighten the brake pad fixing bolts then reattach the cable by pinching the
brake arms closed and slotting the cable back into place
like this eventually after many miles of riding your brake
pads will need to be replaced here’s how you’ll know when, when these
grooves on the pad are down like this it’s time to fit new ones immediately once again disconnect the brake like
this and loosen the brake pad fixing bolts this should allow you to
remove the old brake pad make sure to keep hold of the screws and
washes then simply pop in the new pad like this
and screw it securely into place once it’s in place make sure it’s
aligned with the wheel rim as we showed you before then hold it
securely in position while you re tighten the brake pad
fixing bolts finally reattach the brake cable again like so
and there you go all pretty simple stuff one thing to
remember though if you have just replaced brake pads you
should check the adjustment to the brakes how, just like we showed you at the start
of this film thanks for watching, take care and enjoy
your riding before you cycle away on your eBike it’s
a good idea to double check all the bolts and quick release levers are
fastened securely and if you’ve done a job that involves attaching or removing the brakes give them a quick check to make sure they’re adjusted correctly there’s another handy film to help guide
you through this of