Adjust Front Brakes to Eliminate Rubbing

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If your front wheel is spinning, but movement is restricted because the front brakes are rubbing the wheel there are a few situations that could be contributing to the problem, including the front wheel not being properly seated in the fork or the brakes need to be readjusted. Below are the following steps you can perform to resolve the problem, starting with the most common fix:

A. Check that the brake cable is properly seated in the brake lever. (see photo below)

B. Re-seat the wheel

  1. 1. Place the ElliptiGO on the kickstand and on a flat surface.
  2. Check the rotational direction arrow on the tire. The arrow will need to rotate clockwise when riding.
  3. Open the quick release lever on the front wheel.
  4. Insert the wheel into the fork drops. Press down on the head tube of the ElliptiGO to ensure the wheel is properly seated. If the wheel is not wanting to seat, the tension nut may need to be loosened to allow for more clearance. Now apply downward pressure to the frame and fork with the wheel resting on the ground, while at the same time closing the quick release lever. The lever should be facing rearward.
  5. Now re-attach the brake cable.
  6. Rotate the wheel while looking and listening for the brake pad rubbing. If rubbing is present, start again at step 3 (or move to C).

C. Front brakes rubbing lightly

  1. 1. If the wheel is seated properly but light rubbing persists when the wheel is spinning, you may need to make adjustments to the brakes. You will need a Phillips head screwdriver for “C” series or a 3mm Allen wrench for the 8S/11R models.
  2. Adjust the spring so the brake pad does not rub on the rim. Stand so the front wheel is between your feet and you are facing the ElliptiGO.

If the right side brake pad is rubbing, tighten the spring tension screw to move the pad away from the rim and loosen the left side spring to center the brakes between the wheel.

If the left side brake pad is rubbing, tighten the spring tension screw on the left side and loosen the right side tension spring to center the brakes between the wheel. (see photo below)

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