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Avid FR-5 Brake Levers

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Avids FR-5 lever is designed to work seamlessly with their mechanical disc brake, as well as other linear pull rim brakes. Its the most affordable way to add Avid quality and compatibility to your disc or rim brake system. It features a reach adjusters and "Bend Zone" lever blade for easy replacment in case of crash damage.

Sold in pairs. Item includes 2 levers, enough for one bike.

Weight: claimed 155g
Cables and Housing: Not included
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Avid FR-5 Brake Levers
 
4.3

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (17)
  • Lightweight (16)
  • Sturdy design (15)
  • Great stopping power (5)
  • Handles elements well (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (14)
    • Road biking (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (10), Casual/ recreational (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Economic and decent.

    I use these for XC riding and racing. They replaced my OEM Tektro 379A levers on an '02 Cannondale Super V 500. Huge improvement in quality and performance. I used them with V-Brakes...Read complete review

    I use these for XC riding and racing. They replaced my OEM Tektro 379A levers on an '02 Cannondale Super V 500. Huge improvement in quality and performance. I used them with V-Brakes and then swapped out to mechanical disc. They work perfect for both. These are simple and lightweight. I don't need adjustability.

    My FR-5's weigh 151g with clamp bolts.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    I have had a couple...

    I have had a couple of sets (1999 Specialized FSR Comp) of Avid V brakes and have had very good service from them under race and tough XC conditions. Good adjustability that doesn't...Read complete review

    I have had a couple of sets (1999 Specialized FSR Comp) of Avid V brakes and have had very good service from them under race and tough XC conditions. Good adjustability that doesn't need frequent readjustment , relative to some others. I have no need of the weight and complication of Discs or hydraulics. I live/ride in South Florida, not much in hills but Moisture is a killer here. For years, I've run several different sets of wheels/hub sets on the same frame and swapping out is NO problem with rim brakes. If I can get replacement levers, I intend on moving these to my mid-grade Hybrid road bike which gets much less abuse. Good enough but NOT Epic race grade. Replaced with Avid Ultimates. Hope to offer glowing report on this upgrade.

    Reviewed by 45 customers

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    5.0

    Nice upgrade for my commuter

    By St. Luke

    from Walnut Creek, CA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Great Stopping Power
    • Sturdy Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

      Great levers; they replaced an Altus shifter/brake combo. Be sure to check or replace your brake housing and cabling for maximum results. I also upgraded to Deore v-brakes which stop too well.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Work Great

      By Brandon

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • BMX
        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

        Went on easily and had them setup in minutes. They work wonderfully and are better than my factory levers.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Great simple levers

        By tsservo

        from PA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking

          Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

          Used these for an mtb > singlespeed commputer rebuild with canti brakes. Does what they're supposed to do and great for the money.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Great feel year after year

          By KonaRider04

          from Aspen, CO

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Great Stopping Power
          • Lightweight
          • Sturdy Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

            Have used these with my BB7's for a long time now and just love em. Great feel with the brakes and a well designed, ergonomic lever - good enough that I can comfortably brake one-fingered even on the steep stuff. I won't be swapping these out anytime soon.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            "Great brake levers"

            By kula rider

            from Austin, Tx

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Lightweight
            • Sturdy Design

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mountain Biking

              Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

              I use these exclusively on all of my mechanical disc brakes bikes, and I own four bikes.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              great levers for the price

              By Kula rider

              from Austin, Tx

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Lightweight
              • Sturdy Design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking

                Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

                durable, lightweight, & good price

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Very versatile brake lever

                By Chancellor

                from Charleston, SC

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Handles Elements Well
                • Sturdy Design

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • BMX
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Road Biking
                  • Wet Conditions

                  Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

                  Installed on my commuter bike with V-Brakes. Easy installation, and smooth lever feel. Headroom for adjustment is pretty large for the barrel adjusters, as I was able to fine tune my V-Brakes for my preferences.

                  I'm looking to upgrade to disc brakes in the future, and will probably hold onto these levers for the upgrade.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  great basic brake levers

                  By nc cyclist

                  from NC, USA

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Sturdy Design

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Mountain Biking
                    • Road Biking

                    Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

                    I converted a road bike with drop bars and brifters to a flatbar road bike for my daugher. The dropbar bike had her too stretched out and it hurt her back. These brake levers were one of the many changes I did, and she is now delighted with the "new" bike. No more back aches.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                     
                    4.0

                    Work great - no complaints

                    By iowinos

                    from Kansas City

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Sturdy Design

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

                        Affordable addition to the single speed MTB I've been building. These work as advertised.

                         
                        5.0

                        No frills quality brake lever set

                        By Tat2drew

                        from Central coast, CA

                        About Me Avid Cyclist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Lightweight
                        • Sturdy Design

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Mountain Biking

                          Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

                          I bought these brake levers when rebuilding a 96 Stumpjumper. The levers were easy to install, set up, and have provided reliable performance with a great lever feel. They are a no frills lever set that work equally well with center pull and v brakes. So far they have shown no issues even in the salty air of the coast.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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