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Old 20th February 2020
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Hey it worked, once I bedded in the new pads on the new rotor it was actually pretty firm.
Unfortunately half way through my test ride last night my taillight/license plate bracket shook loose and disappeared, meaning I was riding dirty with no rear lights for about 20 miles after dark which was a little unsettling.
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I noticed a possible fatal problem. The rear brake is on the bottom, making it rotate counter clockwise instead of the stock clockwise. Look at that as soon as possible! The shaft that pivots and expands the drum brakes has a hard edge, if it has not been ground off. All it takes is one hard braking situation that would make it expand to where it will not only lock up, but explode the cover. Speaking from personal experience here. With you having NO front brakes, you would be out of options, not that they would help at that point.
With the front brake sorted I decided to have a look at the rear brake and follow up on the above concern. Turns out once more that whoever built this thing knew what they were doing! The cam is ramped on both ends, eliminating the concern of the cam “locking” itself open on the square side.


I’m not thrilled with the condition of the liners though, so I gotta find a place to get new ones. They are weirdly grooved, as though the brake plate is out of square with the hub.

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Not to dis your project there, but just about any brake you put on the front of that will far exceed what that tire can handle.
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Not to dis your project there, but just about any brake you put on the front of that will far exceed what that tire can handle.
LOL yeah its a shit tire, I believe it may be from an observed trials bike and feels super unstable in turns at speed. I debated replacing it when I did the front end work but I'll wear it out a little bit more and besides I really wanted to get it back on the road and bed in the brake as quickly as possible.
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