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Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake

Average User Rating: (Outstanding)

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Featured Review

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

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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“Reliable & easy to fix...”

The Good: Easy to maintain & reliable at a fair price.

The Bad: Got no complaints.

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

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“Best bang for the buck”

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 brakes useless like hydro's. AWESOME!

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“bang for your buck”

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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Specifications

Riding Type Cross Country, Trail, Dirt Jump / Urban
Lever Material 3 lb 7.6 oz (1576 g)
Mount Style Post Mount
Rotor Sizes 140mm, 160mm, 185mm, 203mm
Rotor Mounting IS 6-bolt
Colors Graphite, Silver
Weight

0 lb 8 oz (227 g)

Miscellaneous Tri-Align Caliper Positioning System uses inboard/outboard pad adjuster knobs to simplify caliper and rotor alignment for maximum braking power. Precision ball bearing actuation and infinitely variable spring tension Easy, tool-free pad replacement Fully sealed to prevent contamination Best used with Avid Speed Dial levers for completely adjustable modulation
Price $51.00
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