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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Zero Gravity NegG Ti. Installation and Ride Report.

Here they are pre-installation. Included are some nice, easy to follow instructions which I never read but will share with you now the details just for kicks.
You need: 5,4,3mm allens, a 13mm crescent and a nice set of cable cutters. That and a clue. (step 1a) If you are unsure of what you are doing, support your LBS and just pay the tech $20-$40 bucks for the install. You will be happy you did.

1. Install the caliper.
2. Adjust the pad so it sits flush and straight with the rim. 3. Back out the barrel adjusters a tad so you can dial in on the fly if need be.
4. Cut the housing to proper length and afix the cable behind the bolt and washer appropriately.
5. Tighten cable to 60-70 in/lbs. Cut to length. Install cable end.
6. Center the caliper with a 13mm cone wrench. Careful not to scratch the caliper!
7. Adjust the throw of the caliper as need be with the barrel adjuster. 8. Make final pad adjustment and torque to 25in/lbs.Using your hand to hold the pad in place, torque the pad to 70-80in/lbs. Done!This just might be the nicest training bike I've had in all my years as a Pro.
Unconventional looking but not obnoxious like the M5's (not that there is anything wrong with that).Brake Housing flows down nicely. A quick glance at the side profile would make you think these are the OG Ti's. Here is the rear caliper as it sits on my Lemond frame. Rear Housing flows nicely into the barrel adjuster as well. Meaty and complex looking on this side...
...yet so clean and simple on this side.

All in all the installation was a snap. I've installed many pair of the OG's mind you but these were really no different and rumors of the set-up being difficult are rubish. If you find the installation difficult revert to step 1a. as described above.

Ride Report:
Not much to say actually... These are rock solid! They felt exactly like the SRAM Rival's I was running. Nice modulation but could lock up the wheel when under 10mph (or any speed for that matter) in a snap. Smooth action (partly due to new cables and housing). Strong, positive feeling retraction (oxymoron?). Very clean looks especially when paired with the paint scheme on this frame. Excellent brake pads... these actually felt a little stickier than the Bontrager Cork's I was running prior... the rim did less "sliding" and more "slowing" when braking at speed. Not to say the Bontrager's are anything but awesome, the SwissStops simply have a different feel. Perhaps this will dissipate over time? The calipers did not come out of center as the housing was cut to the proper length. Many ZG users complained of the OG's coming out of center all to often but this was a cable housing length issue not a caliper issue.

One ride was all it took for me to be convinced these are more powerful than the OG's. I have yet to ride in the rain with them but this is really a non-issue now folks. Unless you weight 300lbs and spray Tri-Flow all over your rims, any high quality carbon fiber rim paired with any high quality carbon specific pad is going to perform in ALL conditions, ALL the time! Forget about it!!!

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1 comment:

ukelele lady said...

oh sure. Where were you when I was on Zipps in the rain?