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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-12-2019, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Question Resistance/friction on both wheels. Please Help!

So I just bought a brand new set of tires, front and back and got the new rubber put on the wheels, replaced the brake pads and put the wheels back on. Note; this is the first time I've done this, it's my first bike but i've been doing all the work it needed myself, at least what i can. Anyways Now that I have the wheels put on both wheels feel like they have a ton of resistance. The front wheel seems a bit more simple then the rear, it looks like the brake pads are rubbing. My main concern is the rear wheel, I can put the rear wheel up on my stand put the bike in first and release the clutch and it will move, but the second i disengage the clutch the wheel comes to a stop in less than one full rotation. I don't have a service manual yet so Im not 100% on the torque specs required but everything ive looked up says 80 ft lbs for the rear axle nut and for the rear wheel to spin freely i have to torque it to 40 ft lbs. Does anyone knw how to deal with this?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-13-2019, 10:08 AM
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Re: Resistance/friction on both wheels. Please Help!

Did you remember install the spacers in the wheel? Rule out the brake pads by pushing the pistons in all the way and rotating the wheel. If the wheel rotates considerably more freely then you know your issue.

There will always be a little tiny bit of brake drag but should never feel like it's impeding the rotation. In other words you will still hear the brake pads rubbing on the rotors.

If it is the brake pads, then I would suggest inspecting the calipers and cleaning them really good until the pistons move uniformly. Make sure you did not overfill the reservoirs. It should be between the full and the low line.

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Re: Resistance/friction on both wheels. Please Help!

rule out the pads by taking them out. can be done without removing wheels.

the front wheel is the tricky one to get right. most people never install one the correct way. you're actually supposed to slightly tighten it then push the front end down a few times to settle the forks so it's not binding on the front wheel.
then tighten the axle all the way.

when done right it should spin this good, this is about as good as it gets. and you can see its only a full rotation and maybe a half.

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Re: Resistance/friction on both wheels. Please Help!

did you clean the calipers/pistons/seals with a mild degreaser before putting the pads on?
Did you put fresh fluid in the master?

80ft lbs on the rear axle is "risk lawyer" tight... I promise no engineer would spec that much clamp force.
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