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Avid BB5 MTB Disc Brake

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Avid BB5 MTB Disc Brake


The BB5 offers Avids Tri-Align Caliper Positioning System, tool-free pad replacement, a melt-forged body and an inboard pad adjustment knob. One try and you’ll wonder if the BB5s are really entry-level brakes.
  • Inboard knob adjustment
  • Tri-Align Caliper positioning
  • Includes caliper, adapters(front & rear), and G2 CleenSweep Rotor
  • Approximate weight 335 grams
  • MTB version
Current new, retail boxed BB5 brakes come packaged with BOTH front and rear adapters supplied by Avid. If a competitor is selling you a "front" or a "rear", you arent getting what should be included with this item.


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Avid BB5 MTB Disc Brake
 
3.1

(based on 8 reviews)

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4.0

Opted for cable operated disc.

By Curmudgeon

from Huntsville, TX

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not quite a one finger brake

Best Uses

  • Mountain Biking

Comments about Avid BB5 MTB Disc Brake:

Upgraded an older Specialized Epic and did not want to break the bank.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

No brake levers included

By andrew

from golden,co

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Easy To Install

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Avid BB5 MTB Disc Brake:

      I guess I expected them to come with levers and cable and housing. Comes with rotor and caliper and mounting hardware.

      It should say clearly that no lever is included

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      good for the money

      By heartland

      from Indiana

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • durability
      • price

      Cons

      • Adjustability

      Best Uses

      • Mountain
      • XC

      Comments about Avid BB5 MTB Disc Brake:

      These brakes were on my first full suspension mountain bike, and I was pretty happy with them. They stopped me well and were pretty durable. They're aren't as adjustable as BB7s, and ultimately I decided to go for hydraulics instead. But for the budget minded they're not a bad brake at all.

       
      5.0

      Good value

      By Rufio

      from Madeira Beach, FL

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • cheap
      • Functional
      • Stopping power

      Cons

      • Bends Rotors
      • Not The Easiest To Adjust

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • MTN BIKING

      Comments about Avid BB5 MTB Disc Brake:

      I use these for mtn biking and they work great.
      Fairly easy to adjust and inexpensive. They are not the lightest or the highest performance. However, they will definitely stop your bike. They are cheaper to purchase upfront and if you are not adept at maintenance they will be cheaper in the long run vs. hydros.

       
      3.0

      Fine

      By fotooutdoors

      from Madison, WI

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Value

      Cons

      • Adjustment

      Best Uses

      • Commuting

      Comments about Avid BB5 MTB Disc Brake:

      I have had these and BB7's. The BB7's are easier to adjust (pad adjustment from both sides) and have greater stopping power. That said, these are an upgrade from most rim brakes, they just take a bit more patience to adjust. For the extra $10-20, I would go with BB7's. That said, the price makes them attractive for a budget bike such as a commuter.

       
      3.0

      Too close in price to the Avid BB7s

      By ShedBiker

      from Walkersville, MD

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to maintain

      Cons

      • Short Pad Life
      • Sometimes Howl

      Best Uses

      • XC MTB

      Comments about Avid BB5 MTB Disc Brake:

      These are on my Specialized FSR/XC. They stop the bike fine and are easy to maintain. I have BB7s on my Trek Hardtail, and for few dollars more, the BB7's are easier to adjust and seem to have a longer pad life. But the BB5s aren't bad brakes. I'm not recommending only because the BB7s are better for only a few dollars more.

       
      1.0

      Buy BB7's noy BB5's

      By Doktari

      from San Diego

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Performance

        Best Uses

        • As a paperweight

        Comments about Avid BB5 MTB Disc Brake:

        Came on my bike and performed poorly. Even with constant adjustment they were poor. They did stop the bike but not well.

         
        2.0

        Good enough

        By drock

        from SLC, UT

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about Avid BB5 MTB Disc Brake:

        If you just want disk brakes, this is as cheap as you want to get. They're good enough. Easy to work with and adjust however. The rotor came with them was just slightly tweaked, and no amount of playing with it seems to get it true, but close enough. The bike they're on isn't anything special, so why should the brakes be?

        I'd say its worth spending the extra money on the BB7's for a bike to take on the trails. For farting around greenways/cities/etc, these would be perfect.

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