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Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2012

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The king of all mechanical disc brakes is even better for 2011. If youve decided not to move to a hydraulic system, this is the very best mechanical option available.

Avids CPS (caliper positioning system, included) continues to make setup and adjustment a snap, saving you valuable time you can spend riding instead of wrenching. Each kit includes one Avid G2 rotor, a round style with excellent cooling and mud-clearing properties that also offers quiet operation.
  • There is no "front" or "rear" option. Both F& R adapters are in the box. Order Qty "2" if you need enough brakes for one bicycle
  • BB7 features inboard and outboard pad adjustment knobs so you can easily dial in the pad<-->rotor clearance (an upgrade over the BB5)
  • Works with all linear pull (i.e. "v-brake") levers from any manufacturer, but best when paired with an adjustable-leverage ratio lever like Avids excellent Speed Dial line
  • claimed 329 grams
  • All BB7 disc brakes are 74mm post-mount style; and include front & rear adapters for 51mm IS disc brake mounts in the box

Note: this is the mountain bike version of the brake. Avid also makes a road-specific model for use with drop bar bikes.


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Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2012
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (9)
  • Attractive (5)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (7)
    • Upgrade (4)
    • Casual riding (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works as Advertised

    Per the recommendations of friends, purchasing the Avid BB7 brakes was the first big upgrade I made on my Trek Marlin 29er. The larger break pads, better looks, and easy adjustability of the ...Read complete review

    Per the recommendations of friends, purchasing the Avid BB7 brakes was the first big upgrade I made on my Trek Marlin 29er. The larger break pads, better looks, and easy adjustability of the new breaks are nice. But performance increases over my original low-end Tektro brakes were marginal, and there was no weight savings in the upgrade. They don't squeak as bad as the Tektros either, which is a bonus. I'm pleased with the upgrade and simplicity (over going with a hydro unit), but in hind-sight I probably would have spend my money on other weight-saving improvements first if I had to do it over again. Still, I'm pleased with the product. This was my first purchase with JensonUSA and they were FANTASTIC! Out of the two (front and back) breaks I purchased, one of them arrived with a defective spring clip. When I called Jenson, the representative was more helpful than I even expected, immediately shipping me a new one without requiring me to send in the old one first, and even credited me for the expense of shipping the old one back!!! Customer service like that made me an immediate fan for life. Next upgrade...wheels and tubeless tires...will definitely be bought through JensonUSA!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    From Hayes MX-1 to Avid BB-7's

    There hasn't been much stopping difference from the Hayes i was running, there not hydraulic but i must say go to Hydraulic if you want something good perhaps i'm too heavy at 235 and am...Read complete review

    There hasn't been much stopping difference from the Hayes i was running, there not hydraulic but i must say go to Hydraulic if you want something good perhaps i'm too heavy at 235 and am asking the brake to do too nuch!!????????

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    5.0

    Simple Easy to Install Great Performance

    By gforce

    from Central Iowa

    About Me Commuter

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Install
    • Simple

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Mountain Biking
    • Upgrade

    Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2012:

    These disc brakes are as simple and easy to install as can be. I replace my ever irritating Juicy 5's with these and have never been happier. No special tools needed to adjust and just ride and forget. Never been happier with a set of brakes. Can't go wrong with this one.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    3.0

    From Hayes MX-1 to Avid BB-7's

    By D.B. SULLYMAN

    from Atl. Ga.

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • But Good 4 What They Are
    • Durable
    • Easy To Install
    • There Not Hydraulicf

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Not Much Different Stop

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Mountain Biking
    • Stopping Power
    • Upgrade

    Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2012:

    There hasn't been much stopping difference from the Hayes i was running, there not hydraulic but i must say go to Hydraulic if you want something good perhaps i'm too heavy at 235 and am asking the brake to do too nuch!!????????

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    very well modulated adjustable brakes

    By electro commuter

    from Australia

    About Me Commuter

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Attractive Design
    • Easy To Install

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Upgrade

      Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2012:

      Bought the BB7s to replace the cheaper and annoying originals that needed regular readjustment. They are very easy to install and adjust, and well modulated. Much better than the old tektro novelas, which i would not recommend. BB7s brake almost as well as hydraulics, and are easier to install and set up. They're less prone to lock up than the hydraulics on my other bike. Suitable for electric bikes too, without changing levers.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Works as Advertised

      By chrisandcami

      from Charleston, SC

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Install

      Cons

      • No Weight Savings

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2012:

      Per the recommendations of friends, purchasing the Avid BB7 brakes was the first big upgrade I made on my Trek Marlin 29er. The larger break pads, better looks, and easy adjustability of the new breaks are nice. But performance increases over my original low-end Tektro brakes were marginal, and there was no weight savings in the upgrade. They don't squeak as bad as the Tektros either, which is a bonus. I'm pleased with the upgrade and simplicity (over going with a hydro unit), but in hind-sight I probably would have spend my money on other weight-saving improvements first if I had to do it over again. Still, I'm pleased with the product. This was my first purchase with JensonUSA and they were FANTASTIC! Out of the two (front and back) breaks I purchased, one of them arrived with a defective spring clip. When I called Jenson, the representative was more helpful than I even expected, immediately shipping me a new one without requiring me to send in the old one first, and even credited me for the expense of shipping the old one back!!! Customer service like that made me an immediate fan for life. Next upgrade...wheels and tubeless tires...will definitely be bought through JensonUSA!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I'll keep buying them

      By eulenspiegel

      from Michigan

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Easy To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Riding
        • Mountain Biking
        • Upgrade

        Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2012:

        on time

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        It Works For Me

        By DavyRay

        from USA, NC

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2012:

          Good brakes. Not risky. Maintainable. No goofy problems.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Awsome Product

          By BillyG

          from Summit Hill, Pa

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Install
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2012:

            installed on my mountian bike, it being January don't have much ride time on them but they initially seem great. They were easy to install and set up.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            A Top Quality Mechanical Brake

            By JTSinOK

            from Lawton, OK

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to adjust
            • No Bleeding Required
            • Well Designed

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2012:

                I run BB7s on two of my bikes, one is a mountain bike and the other is an adventure/touring bike with drop bars and road brake levers. Hydro discs are not really even an option when using road levers, so I went with BB7s since they are the best mechanical brakes that I know of. BB7s are easy to set up and easy to adjust, plus they use a larger brake pad than most of the competition. Replacement pads are easy to find to boot. I have other brands of disc brakes on some of my other mountain bikes, but I have had brake noise problems with some brands, and baking power is not as good with some of the others as well. So, even though these may cost a little more, I think that they are worth it.

                 
                5.0

                Worth every penny!

                By Burrito de Carga

                from Caracas, Venezuela

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Looks Awesome
                • Power

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2012:

                  Couldn't be happier with the results I'm getting from these brakes. I installed them in 10-15 minutes, it comes with everything you need. It's been 1 month since I bought them and now I can do downhill up to 40MpH, hit the brakes for a quick stop or regulate speed with a lot of precision. The fact that I'm new to MTB is compensated with the performance of these brakes. Now I can catch up with my buddies which are medium level Mountain Bikers! 110% Recommended

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Simple stoppers

                  By B

                  from Canada

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • cheap
                  • Easy setup
                  • Light

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Cross country

                    Comments about Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brake 2012:

                    These brakes work very well and are easy to set up. I'm using them with Jagwire Ripcords and XTR V brake levers, 160mm rotors provide all the stopping I need for regular cross country riding. It takes at least one good 2-3 hour ride to get the pads broken in.

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