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I do not know if your answer was answered yet; I found blow ups of bicycle parts for 1987 Rockhopper at this website: http://mauisvintage.blogspot.com/2010/06/exploded-shimano-parts-diagrams-for.html
Yes, on my 1975 Peugeot UO18, the brakes are located on the intermediate stays and the seat stays are used for the rack mount. The brake configuration is visible here. (photo source: http://oldtenspeedgallery.com/owner-submitted/joans-1975-peugeot-mixte-uo-18/#.VWFRtmDDz88)
First, I think you made a good decision. Hydraulic disc brakes are the way to go, and the M355 are really nice for the price. Also, I assume brake pads/discs are not contaminated and caliper is straight in relation to the disc. These are indeed the cheapest brakes, and therefore there is not much place for adjustments. If without touching the lever the pads ...
Regarding Q2 -- I think both brakes should feel like your front brake -- when the pads contact the rotor, the lever feel should change instantly. If this is not the case for the rear brake, I assume it is due to (tiny) air bubbles somewhere in the rear brake system. It is strange that in spite of this, you observe that the front provides less braking power ...
Generally, if you were to roll the shroud back, remove the cable, squeeze the lever all the way, and then look, you would see that, with the lever squeezed, there is a sort of hole in the lever arm exposed where the barrel-shaped cable end fits. You need several inches of slack in the cable to get it into/out of that hole.
I would change it if it starts scraping,and the braking force got pretty much lowered ...
V brakes transfer 100% of the pulling force into the rim face. Cantis only transfer around 40-60% and some is lost pulling on the boss.
A hub brake (any kind, coaster brake, drum brake, disk brake) exerts a torque at the hub which is transmitted to the rim through all the spokes, or if the hub barrel is flexible, mostly through all on the side with the brake: leading spokes loosening, trailing spokes tightening -- opposite the load from pedaling. Because this load is transmitted through many ...
No way the brakes trued the wheels. Now it is possible the brakes realigned in a way they rubbed less.
The short answer to the question is, no. Consider and compare the braking force to the other acting forces, and which would overcome the other; drive side and non-drive side spokes pulling radially and laterally on the wheel (this can be quite a high amount of force when adding all of the spokes together. It takes all of your weight, as well as any impacts ...
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