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Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake

USD$56.99 17% off USD$69.00 msrp
Item #: BR291C01
USD$56.99 17% off USD$69.00 msrp
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Current new, retail boxed BB7 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.

The Avid BB7 has set the standard for mechanical disc brakes for years. Avids CPS (caliper positioning system, included) continues to make setup and adjustment a snap.
  • Will fit front 74mm post mount, 51mm IS front or 51mm IS (includes adapters to fit these applications)
  • Each kit includes 1 caliper, 6-bolt rotor, mounting hardware, and adapters (one brake). Order a qty of "2" if you need brakes for a complete bicycle
  • Brakes supplied with a 160mm rotor will also include a front and rear 51mm IS adapter to match the rotor size.
  • Works with any linear pull brake lever, including Avid and others (lever and cable are not included)
  • Weight: 380 grams (capiler, 6" adapter, rotor, hardware)
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Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake
 
4.6

(based on 142 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (97)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (47)
  • Great stopping power (38)
  • Sturdy design (29)
  • Handles elements well (18)
  • Lightweight (16)

Cons

  • Heavy (10)
  • Noisy when wet (3)
  • None yet (3)

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking (42)
  • Wet / rain (8)
  • XC (7)
  • Touring (6)
  • Commuting (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (27), Casual/ recreational (15), Commuter (4), Competitive cyclist (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (47)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Big stopping power for little money

been on hyd. befor and these are rite there with them big stopping power more then you would think out of a small sys. set up is EZ. adj. pad close to rotor...Read complete review

been on hyd. befor and these are rite there with them big stopping power more then you would think out of a small sys. set up is EZ. adj. pad close to rotor pull the brakes lock the calip down an go. dont be ez on the break in burn them in hard an fast. the stock metl. pad work Good try to set your cable as str8.as you can for that hyd. feel.lots of stopping power for a 160mm set if you think idont get better try the 180mm. oboy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not satisfied with product!

I bought these brakes to replace a couple of V-brakes I had on my mountain bike. The installation seemed easy enough on the manual, and I followed the instructions step by step, but...Read complete review

I bought these brakes to replace a couple of V-brakes I had on my mountain bike. The installation seemed easy enough on the manual, and I followed the instructions step by step, but the rotors kept on rubbing on the pads. I tried to make adjustments but it was impossible. Come to find out, the rotor came bent, so it didn't matter how straight I got the brake, the rotor would still rub. This also prevented me from adjusting the pads as close to the rotor was possible.
I tried to ignore the rubbing and got the pads as close to the rotor as possible, but even this would not give me enough stopping power. The V-brakes I had before had more stopping power. These aren't good brakes, and the rotor for the front I ordered was defective.

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5.0

you can't go wrong with BB7's

By one234five

from Victorville

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Great Stopping Power
  • Handles Elements Well
  • Sturdy Design

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Noisy When Wet

Best Uses

  • Mountain Biking
  • Wet Conditions

Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake:

Although these are my first time using disc brakes, i think i am fully converted for my future bike upgrades. I'm using these brakes on the front suspension while using Avid V-brakes in the rear. Also need to note is the use of Jagwire cables and housing. The BB7 feels literally like most hydraulic discs on the market with Jagwire's and Speed Dial levers. Yes, they pads do need a few rides to get broken in, but I now am feeling the real power behind discs and especially the BB7 setup. I really think these will be on my next mountain bike build both front and back.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

E bike

By Nate

from Conway pa

About Me Commuter

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy Design

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking

    Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake:

    They are great

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    work for me

    By St. Whitey's Ghost

    from Des Moines IA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Great Stopping Power
    • Handles Elements Well
    • Sturdy Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Wet Conditions

      Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake:

      I am satisfied with these babies. I have or have had them on every bike I have owned since my first FS mountain bike in 2002. The design has improved since then, but the quality and dependability have remained the very highest! the only down side is the tricky dialing in at the first install, but that just takes practice. These brakes have never let me down! I cannot say enough! Caveat: I have never had any experience with other brands of mechanical brakes, nor with hydraulic brakes, Avid or otherwise, so I cannot compare or contrast these options with the BB7. What I can say is I have never had a need or desire to try anything else. please take that for what it is worth!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      easy-peasy

      By lost texan

      from north idaho

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Install
      • Great Stopping Power
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking
        • Wet Conditions

        Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake:

        easy to install and align caliper, more compact than my old stock hayes disc brakes

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        good price. good product

        By Pete

        from Glastonbury ct

        About Me Competitive Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake:

          Good product

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great price good stuff

          By Melvin's Menudo Manor

          from So Cal

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Price

          Cons

          • Instructions
          • Metallic Pads

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake:

          Good stuff at a great price. When you get ready to read the instructions change your mindset and just look at the pictures. Especially where the use of a bracket and adjusting washers are concerned. My application had me removing some washers to get the proper setup. Use your own preference when adjusting the pads. The metallic pads are noisy and irritating. So the next day I installed some Avid Organic pads and yes! no noise and easy bedding and adjusting.
          Nice when paired up with Avid speed dial levers.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great brakes; wrong picture

          By Trevor

          from Radnor, PA

          About Me Competitive Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Great Stopping Power
          • Handles Elements Well
          • Sturdy Design

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Cyclocross

          Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake:

          I bought the road version of the BB7's. Make sure you buy the right version for the type of brake levers you're using. These are a huge upgrade from the Tektro Lyra brakes that came with my cyclocross bike. They're made specifically for road levers as opposed the the Tektro's, which lacked stopping power. My only complaint is that black calipers are shown in the picture (which I wanted), but I received silver ones (which I didn't want).

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Performance

          By Ken

          from Ann Arbor, MI

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Great Stopping Power
          • Sturdy Design

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking
          • Wet Conditions

          Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake:

          Bought these to replace the V-Brakes on the front of my MTB. They were simple to install and provide much better modulation that my Avid SD7s. After some tweaking and proper adjustment, they're silent when rolling and very little noise under braking. They've performed well in the wet, too!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          From hydraulic to mechanical disc brakes

          By ChainRing

          from Asheville, NC

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Great Stopping Power

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake:

            My old Juicy 5 brakes were inconsistent. The front worked well, but the rear was always at the point of dragging, and had too little lever travel for my liking. There is no adjusting hydraulic brakes. Either they are good or not. So I went mechanical. I can adjust these brakes to my liking. On my first test ride after installing the BB7s, the braking was fairly weak. But don't worry, they just need some break-in. After one 2 hour ride, they gave powerful braking.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            "The best mechanical brake", enough said

            By kula rider

            from austin, tx

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Fade- Free
            • Great Stopping Power
            • Handles Elements Well
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mountain Biking
              • Wet Conditions

              Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake:

              I use the 160, 180, and 200 disc rotor sizes on all my bikes, because they work great, and are easy to set-up and adjust.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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