Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake

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Not the best brake, but the most reliable and user friendly.

Rating: Featured Member Review
The Good:

Easy to set up, easy to find parts, good power, good modulation, can be even better with better rotors and pads.

The Bad:

The stock roundagon rotors are not that great. Get the CS2s.

Overall Review:

IMO a much smarter buy than medium range or low range hydro brakes, especially if you ride a great deal. Changing a cable is much preferable to bleeding a brake system, but really top end hydros like Avid Codes and Hayes Stroker Ace will always have more power.

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Vital MTB member ZMC888
6998 ZMC888 http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/6998/avatar/c50_Lew_drop_avatar.jpg?1352425516 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ZMC888,6998/all 03/03/11 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ZMC888,6998/setup 5 25 59 1

Reliable & easy to fix...

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The Good:

Easy to maintain & reliable at a fair price.

The Bad:

Got no complaints.

Overall Review:

Easy to fix or adjust on the spot & very affordable. My preferred mechanicals.

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Vital MTB member ParabellumShane
4106 ParabellumShane http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/4106/avatar/c50_sdr2_1385768238.jpg?1385767274 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ParabellumShane,4106/all 08/19/10 1 2 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ParabellumShane,4106/setup 4 7 42 23

Best bang for the buck

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The Good:

VERY CHEAP compared to other hydro brakes, extremely powerful, easy to install, easy modulation of left and right side of caliper

The Bad:

none so far

Overall Review:

I ride these brakes with 160 mm rotors front/back on a downhill trail 3 times a day, every day of the week. They hold up amazingly. I do not notice any loss of brake power after long rides. These brakes are as good at the bottom as they are at the top. They are powerful enough to lock up the back wheel instantly and make it possible to do endo's when pulling the front brake. I would definitely recommend these brakes to anyone who is in the market to buy disc brakes but don't want to drop $150 per brake for hydro's. The best part about them is that I don't have to worry about bleeding them or having a leak out on a trail rendering my Read More »

Overall Review:

I ride these brakes with 160 mm rotors front/back on a downhill trail 3 times a day, every day of the week. They hold up amazingly. I do not notice any loss of brake power after long rides. These brakes are as good at the bottom as they are at the top. They are powerful enough to lock up the back wheel instantly and make it possible to do endo's when pulling the front brake. I would definitely recommend these brakes to anyone who is in the market to buy disc brakes but don't want to drop $150 per brake for hydro's. The best part about them is that I don't have to worry about bleeding them or having a leak out on a trail rendering my brakes useless like hydro's. AWESOME!

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Vital MTB member downhillhawaii
8237 downhillhawaii http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/8237/avatar/c50_photo_2.jpg?1307424398 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/downhillhawaii,8237/all 05/21/11 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/downhillhawaii,8237/setup 2 7 1

Why go hydro?

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The Good:

light, cheap, powerful, simple, easy to set up.

The Bad:

None so far

Overall Review:

I run these brakes for dh. Hydros are such an expensive pain in the ass. These things work so well there is no reason to pay more.

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Vital MTB member w00dy
1911 w00dy http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/1911/avatar/c50_89493220_1265697558.jpg?1290154967 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/w00dy,1911/all 02/08/10 2 12 16 12

bang for your buck

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The Good:

the only mechanical disc setup i would run

The Bad:

avid levers slay my knuckles that stay on the bar when braking

Overall Review:

easy to install and adjust, no bleading, no shims, just a couple bolts, two knobs (pad adj), and cable adjustment. there fairly priced and dont weigh a ton. ive beaten mine up pretty badly but minus a few bent rotors and a few new pads (wich always had good longevity) it still works great. i feel better about this brake then i do most hydro disc sets.

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Vital MTB member madbull666
1145 madbull666 http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/1145/avatar/c50_88592160_1256584953.jpg?1290152540 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/madbull666,1145/all 10/26/09 1 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/madbull666,1145/setup 14 46 4

Specifications

Product Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake
Riding Type Cross Country, Trail, Freeride, Downhill, Dirt Jump / Urban
Lever Material
Mount Style Post Mount
Rotor Sizes 160/180/200mm (G2 CleanSweep)
Rotor Mounting
Colors Graphite Grey
Weight 0 lb 11.6 oz (329 g)
Miscellaneous Weight: 329 Grams (160mm Rotor; Front Post Mount)
Caliper Design: Mechanical, Forged 2-Piece Aluminum
Pad: Sintered
Adjustment: Dual Knob Pad Adjustment, Tri-Align Caliper Positioning
MSRP: $81 - $120
Price $81
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