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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 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 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 (19)
  • Lightweight (17)
  • Sturdy design (17)
  • Great stopping power (6)
  • Handles elements well (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (15)
    • Road biking (6)
    • BMX (3)
    • Wet / rain (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (11), Casual/ recreational (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    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 47 customers

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    5.0

    All good

    By Steve the bike guy

    from toronto Canada

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • BMX
      • Mountain Biking
      • Road Biking
      • Wet Conditions

      Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

      These things work great ! I use them on all of my bikes because they provide a lot of brake action . They work with any mechanical break . I use them on my commuter road bike and they're strong and reliable . Also have them on my xC mountain bike with 203 mm discs .

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Cheap and effective

      By Duvey

      from Houston

      About Me Commuter

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Sturdy Design

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

      Got these to replace a set of cheapo levers that were falling apart on my cheapo fixie with riser bars. These have been fantastic, very solid and no problems after 500+ miles of rough stop-and-go city riding.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      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

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