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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
 
4.4

(based on 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (35)
  • Sturdy design (31)
  • Lightweight (26)
  • Great stopping power (13)
  • Handles elements well (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking (29)
  • Road biking (8)
  • BMX (5)
  • Wet / rain (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (20), Casual/ recreational (12), Commuter (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (32), Yes (3)

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.

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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

Avid FR-5 Brake Levers

By bikertuner20

from Utica, NY

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Great Stopping Power
  • Lightweight
  • Look great tough on your bike
  • Sturdy Design

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Flat bar Road
    • Mountain Biking

    Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

    I have four sets of these brake levers on four very different bikes. I find these brake even work with flat bar road set ups with dual pivot designs with out compromise to breaking power with high grade components such as Shimano 105's. The finish on the levers is clean and the components are sturdy. These levers can also be flip flopped with the mounting bolt facing up or down. Great product to upgrade your mechanical disc set up or replacement of those old worn out levers for a fresh look.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Would buy from your company again

    By Nick

    from Anchorage alaska

    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:

      Great product, installed quickly. Holding up well

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Simple design, very effective

      By Groovy Jones

      from Dalton, NY

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Great Stopping Power
      • Sturdy Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

        These levers are a great low-cost option to replace old worn levers. I prefer long travel levers and these feel great. They look good and the simple design works well. They remind me of BMX levers- the cable end inserts into a built-in slot in the levers and don't have the extra pulley piece that hooks onto the cable like some mountain bike levers have. I've run into problems with that extra pulley piece catching inside other levers. Overall, these will work great and l'm sure they'll last for quite a while.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Nice design

        By Julius

        from San Diego

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • BMX
          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

          I got the black so it's perfectly match my handle bar. Great price for the product.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          bang for the buck

          By loG

          from Wisconsin

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

            are there any better levers for the jing????

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great Levers

            By Dave

            from Long Beach, CA

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Great Stopping Power
            • Sturdy Design

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mountain Biking

              Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

              Great levers for adding V-brakes to an old beater bike

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              4.0

              Can't bet em for the price

              By endo

              from Pensacola, fl

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking

                Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

                Nothing fancy but for the money you really can't bet them. Look good and work when you need them.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                would buy again

                By Jim to many bikes

                from miami, fla

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                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:

                  original was aluminum, not painted. this is on a giant 29er. now it looks correct, all handle bars controls now black.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  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

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                      • Q:

                        Do these work as interrupter brakes with drop bars?
                        Asked on 7/7/2016 by Daniel from San Diego

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                      • Q:

                        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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