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Avid FR-5 Brake Levers

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Item #: BL702A01
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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
 
4.4

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (27)
  • Sturdy design (24)
  • Lightweight (22)
  • Great stopping power (8)
  • Handles elements well (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking (21)
  • Road biking (8)
  • BMX (4)
  • Wet / rain (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (15), Casual/ recreational (9), Commuter (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

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.

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5.0

Good brake levers

By Kirk

from Canyon City Oregon

About Me Commuter

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking

    Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

    Nice brake handles, very easy to install just pop the cable out of your old handles take them off, put these bad boys on, slide the cable in, and after a quick adjustment you will be ready to go. Good feel in hand and seem like they are well built. I had to replace my dual control shifter with a new one and needed new brake levers as the new shifters were stand alone. These are great!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Decent, basic levers

    By Fat tires for a Fat Rider

    from Utah

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Sturdy Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

      I've used these levers on a few builds. They're (obviously) not as good as the speed dial levers, but still feel good and work well, and the price is usually great.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great levers

      By Dan in Preskitt

      from Prescott AZ

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

        Work perfect with BB7's . I actually like these better than the 7 levers .

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Great value, great performance

        By Armando

        from California

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

          I have bought these a few times and have them on mountain and commuter bikes at home. Great value, look good, and work great.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Great upgrade

          By Hatchet

          from Surfside Beach, SC

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Handles Elements Well
          • Lightweight
          • Sturdy Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

            Good upgrade.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Cheap and perfect

            By Snippy

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Lightweight
            • Sturdy Design

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Biking

              Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

              I've used only these levers for about 6 years now. Never broken one in all that time playing bike polo. They get sloppy after a year or so of use but are so cheap its not a problem (I also only need one at a time for polo). All of the ones I've ever used are still in use on spare bikes/loaners/gifts to other lazy/poor/cheap players/riders. I have them on my flat bar road bikes as well.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Value Brake Levers

              By Gruenehorn

              from Texas

              About Me Commuter

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Sturdy Design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

                  Good basic levers. Very good value.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Good buy

                  By PG

                  from Green Mountain Villiage, CO

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Sturdy Design

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking

                  Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

                  Great replacement for a broken pair on my old Trek 8000 hardtail. Nothing flashy, just a nice set of levers.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  Necessary Part

                  By None

                  from Ranch Cordova, CA.

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Road Biking

                      Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

                      None

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      So far so good

                      By Rich S

                      from olmsted falls, oh

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • BMX

                        Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

                        So far so good. Replaced the cheap plastic ones that came on my sons bike. These look like they should hold up a lot better.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                          Do these levers work with cantilever brakes for a surly cross check? I read somewhere that they are not compatible with cantilevers, but unsure why it would make a difference..

                          Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks
                          Asked on 4/14/2016 by Kickin Wayne from San Antonio, TX

                          1 answer

                          • Staff Reviewer

                            A:

                            Wayne, these levers are not compatible with cantilever brakes. Cantilever brakes have a different cable pull than linear pull brakes and mechanical disc brakes. Cantilevers require what is called a "short-pull" brake lever, while linear pull and mechanical disc brakes require a long-pull brake lever like the Avid FR-5.

                            A good option for cantilevers in the same price range are the Shimano R550 Levers:

                            http://www.jensonusa.com/Road-Brake-Levers/Shimano-R550-Flat-Bar-Road-Brake-Levers?cs=Black

                            Answered on 4/18/2016 by Brandon from Riverside, CA
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