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With the compression nut engaged, it’s time to torque down
the compression nut. This is not a high-torque nut and will not
require more than a turn or two. It’s very important to note that the
compression nut will not fully go into the lever and will leave a few
threads exposed. This is normal. The torque rating for this nut is
between 5 and 8 Newton meters.
Slide the rubber cover back in place and give the lever a couple
of squeezes to check your work. If you’ve done the procedure
properly and quickly, the lever should feel almost exactly as it did
before you started. If it feels squishy, you’ve introduced air into
the system, and the brake should be bled before riding.
With the brake hose cut to the proper length, you should now have
your cables coming off at roughly the same angle and curve. We like
to use a couple zip-ties to hold them together. This not only makes
them look cleaner, but also keeps them from rattling when on the trail.
As a style bonus, we like to face all the zip-ties the same way and
then trim the ends with either a pair of flush-cutters or a fingernail
trimmer. This ensures that there are no sharp or jagged ends
All of our cables are now
set to the right length. It’s
time to hit the trails. ❏