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Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2011

Item #: BR291C01
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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 2011
 
4.6

(based on 134 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (92)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (39)
  • Great stopping power (33)
  • Sturdy design (24)
  • Handles elements well (15)
  • Lightweight (14)

Cons

  • Heavy (7)
  • None yet (3)

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking (35)
  • XC (7)
  • Touring (6)
  • Commuting (5)
  • Mountain (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (24), Casual/ recreational (13), Commuter (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (40)

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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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 2011:

    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
     
    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 2011:

      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
       
      5.0

      Love 'em

      By Clydesdale JHam

      from San Tan Valley, AZ

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Great Stopping Power
      • Sturdy Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2011:

        I have used BB7's since 2005-2005 and I love them. They provide the best value for me as I am not a serious enough rider to be spending a ton of money on disc brakes. The BB7's combine performance and price, for me, to make them the best use of my money on a build.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Not XX, but work for Mechanical

        By Stuck In Illinois

        from Illinois

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2011:

          I would love to convert to some XX's,but I can get the brakes done on my Tundra for cheaper. These brakes work great for mechanical and it is so nice to just turn a dial one click to adjust after a ride.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Great Brakes

          By Robobobo

          from Chicago IL

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Great Stopping Power
          • Sturdy Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2011:

            These were easy to install and easy to adjust. They are pretty strong brakes. I had to get use to the stopping power.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Great No-Hassle Breaks

            By Mike

            from Kitchener, ON

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Great Stopping Power
            • Sturdy Design

            Cons

            • Noisy When Wet

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2011:

            These work great, and are very easy to adjust. I read a lot of reviews before I bought these of people hyping these to be better than some hydraulic brake systems, I'm not sure about that, but for the ease of use and maintenance these are great. They are loud in the rain, but different pad/rotor combos might help with that.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Solid, value for discs

            By El Flaco

            from golden, CO

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Great Stopping Power
            • Sturdy Design

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mountain Biking

              Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2011:

              This is my second bike with BB7s, and for the money they're great.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Classic and reliable braking

              By KonaRider04

              from Aspen, CO

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking

                Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2011:

                I am on the second set of BB7's and still am reluctant to make the hydraulic switch because these brakes are that good. Consistent braking season in and out...make the switch to the organic pads to eliminate the noise, though you'll run through the pads faster.

                Still, it's hard to find a fault with these brakes. They might not have the modulation and feel you will find with a higher end hydraulic but you can still stop on a dime without a problem. Maintenance is a snap as you don't have to bleed anything. They might not be appropriate for DH, but for everything from trail to cross country these are great brakes for any budget.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Best mechanical brakes I have ridden

                By Willy B

                from Ogden, UT

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2011:

                    I replaced the Hayes MX2 brakes that came on my bike. The BB7s have much better stopping power, very little fade, and the pads last much longer. They are easy to set up and adjust. They are powerful enough that I have no problem one-finger braking (coupled with the BB7 levers). Probably the best mechanical brakes on the market and great for the price.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    I love these brakes!

                    By David

                    from Michigan

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2011:

                          Great brakes for the money.

                          Very easy to install and adjust, good stopping power, and good modulation... great for the XC riding I do.

                          Compression-less housing is a good idea with these.

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