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Avid BB5 MTB Disc Brake

Item #: BR267C00
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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.


3.1 / 5.0
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Good value
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.

PROS: cheap, Stopping power, Functional

CONS: Not The Easiest To Adjust, Bends Rotors

BEST USES: MTN BIKING, Commuting
October 29, 2012
Location:
Madeira Beach, FL
good for the money
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.

PROS: price, durability

CONS: Adjustability

BEST USES: Mountain, XC
October 31, 2012
Location:
Indiana
Opted for cable operated disc.
Upgraded an older Specialized Epic and did not want to break the bank.

PROS: Easy To Install, Lightweight

CONS: Not quite a one finger brake
July 29, 2016
Location:
Huntsville, TX
Too close in price to the Avid BB7s
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.

PROS: Easy to maintain

CONS: Sometimes Howl, Short Pad Life
October 5, 2012
Location:
Walkersville, MD
Fine
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.

PROS: Good Value

CONS: Adjustment
October 10, 2012
Location:
Madison, WI
Good enough
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.
March 27, 2012
Location:
SLC, UT
Buy BB7's noy BB5's
Came on my bike and performed poorly. Even with constant adjustment they were poor. They did stop the bike but not well.

CONS: Poor Performance
October 4, 2012
Location:
San Diego
No brake levers included
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

PROS: Easy To Install, Cheap
February 29, 2016
Location:
Santa Cruz

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