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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 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (13)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Sturdy design (11)
  • Handles elements well (3)
  • Looks (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (10)
    • Road biking (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    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 need...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

    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
           
          4.0

          Work great - no complaints

          By iowinos

          from Kansas City

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Sturdy Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

              Affordable addition to the single speed MTB I've been building. These work as advertised.

               
              5.0

              No frills quality brake lever set

              By Tat2drew

              from Central coast, CA

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Lightweight
              • Sturdy Design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking

                Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

                I bought these brake levers when rebuilding a 96 Stumpjumper. The levers were easy to install, set up, and have provided reliable performance with a great lever feel. They are a no frills lever set that work equally well with center pull and v brakes. So far they have shown no issues even in the salty air of the coast.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                Good value

                By Augerinn

                from Murrieta, Ca

                About Me Competitive Cyclist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking

                  Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

                  Inexpensive, easy to set up, light, and work great with my XT parallel push V-brakes.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  Standard

                  By NYBB8687

                  from long island, NY

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Lightweight
                  • Sturdy Design

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

                      Good product. A little stiff but only got 30 miles on so far

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Brake levers don't get any better

                      By Doc

                      from San Francisco, California

                      About Me Commuter

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Mountain Biking
                        • Road Biking
                        • Wet Conditions

                        Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

                        About the best flat-bar levers made. At this price, you cannot lose.

                         
                        4.0

                        good for price

                        By slammer

                        from Syracuse, NY

                        About Me Avid Cyclist

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Noisy When Wet

                        Best Uses

                        • Mountain Biking

                        Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

                        ok if used for light riding

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Nice, cheap, and get the job done

                        By Austin_SS

                        from Austin, TX

                        About Me Avid Cyclist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Lightweight
                        • Sturdy Design

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Mountain Biking

                          Comments about Avid FR-5 Brake Levers:

                          Used on a budget build. If you install your brakes correctly than speed dials aren't necessary. These work great for half the price

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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