Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake

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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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    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...”

    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”

    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?”

    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”

    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

    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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