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Customer reviews for Avid BB7 MTB Cable Disc Brake

Avid BB7 MTB Cable Disc Brake

Please note this is not a pair of brakes. It is a single brake unit which can be used on the front or rear of the bike.
Overall rating:
4.571 / 5
4.6
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7 out of 7(100%)reviewers recommend this product.
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Customer reviews for Avid BB7 MTB Cable Disc Brake
Review 1 for Avid BB7 MTB Cable Disc Brake
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
oldmanpete
from Leeds
Age:25-34
Style:Mountain Biking
Experience:Regular
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

PostedApril 16, 2011
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Lightweight, Looks great
Great brakes and easy to install.
Took a little time to bed in but once they have they have, at least, the stopping power of most hydraulics i've tried over the years.
+2points
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Review 2 for Avid BB7 MTB Cable Disc Brake
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
regchan
Country:United Kingdom
Age:18-24
Style:Leisure riding
Experience:Occasional
Gender:Male
It was bought:Gatwick Warehouse Showroom

this product is great

PostedJuly 16, 2012
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Good quality, Comfortable, Lightweight, Looks great, easy to fit, all items included, cheap, price matched
no problems that i see just follow the instructions and very good quality not like the rubbish ones that came with it also price matched thats a plus for me discs and brakes were installed in an hour as i had removed the brakes to bring with me but all in all 10/10 for quality and installation was fuss free just diy it and aligning the brakes with disc thats not bad
0points
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Review 3 for Avid BB7 MTB Cable Disc Brake
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
PeterH
Country:United Kingdom
Age:55-65
Style:Leisure riding
Experience:Regular
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

Very effective brake and easy to instal

PostedApril 5, 2012
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Good quality
This was a conversion from my existing V brakes to disc on my Carrera Crossfire 2000. I was surprised that the frame actually had the mountings, being over 10 years old. Having ridden over 9000 miles in the last 4 years the wheel rims were getting worn and grooved. As I would soon need new wheels I decided to bite the bullet and get disc wheels and upgrade the brakes. Having read various reviews on both hydraulic and cable discs and with my riding being mainly for leisure, I decided that cable discs would be best and the Avid BB7s seemed to be the best available. The benefit of cable is that they are easy to instal and setup and don't need bleeding as hydraulics do.
The pads very quickly wore in and are very effective with the cable providing plenty of 'feel' and most importantly - confidence.
As I regularly have to remove the front wheel to transport the bike, the only niggle is aligning the wheel when putting it back, but this is best done by applying the brake whilst tightening the skewer. All I need is an extra hand:)
All in all I am delighted with the Avid BB7s and would highly recommend them.
+1point
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Review 4 for Avid BB7 MTB Cable Disc Brake
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Yagil
Country:Israel
Age:35-44
Style:Mountain Biking
Experience:Regular
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

Probably the best mechanical disc brake ever.

PostedMarch 18, 2012
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good quality, Comfortable, excellent pad clearance, easy to maintain, cheap spares
Cons: Heavy, Expensive, pad adjustment mechanism is bulky
I had the BB7 for a year, until I traded it for a hydraulic - not that it was bad, but I just wanted more power once I started taking a child trailer with me.
For most people who won't be pulling some 60kg behind their bike, the BB7 should do just fine. It's plenty strong in normal conditions (though you will need two fingers, I think), and fitting the cable is easier than the easiest bleeding available.
Pad clearance is Awsome. actually, It's the best I've ever seen, and would loved it in my current hydraulics. However, of course, with mechanical brakes too much pad clearance will result in poor braking power - some tweeking is needed.
The BB7 is simple and effective. It will last for ages, replacing cables is cheap, and almost no maintainance is ever needed (so if your bike is going places, this is the way to go). The CPS system for adjusting the rotor works fine - in fact, more so than in the Elixir R that replaced it on my bike.
Modulation is surprisingly good for a mechanical brake. tune it right with good levers (I used Avid Speed Dial 7), and it can challenge many hydraulic disc brakes.
All in all, it's an excellent product, and I'm sure that the roadie version will please road riders who switch to disc brakes too.
There are some disadvantages, though, and they limit the appeal of the brake.
First, there's the cost Issue. You'll have to buy seperate levers and cables and cable housing; The caliper and rotor are sold seperately. The combined price of a BB7 kit will be higher than hydraulic brakes like the Magura MT2, or Avid's Elixir 3 - both of which are lighter.
The BB7 is not light. a pair of Calipers (430g together, weighed) +levers (176g together for the speed dial 7, weighed) + cable kit (mine was Jagwire, about 100g), + stock rotors (240g for two cleansweep G2 160mm, + bolts) - will weigh together about 950g, adapters not included.
In comparison, a pair of Magura MT2 hydraulic brakes - cheaper as a kit - will weigh, including rotors but adapters not included, about 715g altogether. 230g difference for a cheaper kit - that's significant.
Another disadvantage is that the pad adjustment mechanism is bulky. The inward wheel is hard to turn, and the plastic teeth can brake easily (although you could still adjust it with an allen wrench).
All In all, I loved my BB7, and would recommend it to anyone who needs a mechanical brake - but in order to make it competitive against Hydros, avid will need (if it has any desire to do so...) to shave off some weight and bring the cost slightly down.
+3points
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Review 5 for Avid BB7 MTB Cable Disc Brake
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
rheyes
Experience:Expert
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

Avid BB7 MTB Cable Disc Brake

PostedMay 4, 2011
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Good quality
An easy to fit and set up disk brake, with not bad brake modulation. All in all a good choose for those who want disk brakes but don't want to fit hydraulic disc brakes.
+2points
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Review 6 for Avid BB7 MTB Cable Disc Brake
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Pavlos
from Greece
Age:25-34
Style:Mountain Biking
Experience:Occasional
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

PostedApril 25, 2011
Yes, I recommend this product.
The package contained one (1) caliper and one (1) rotor. So if you want to upgrade BOTH front and rear brakes you have to order two (2) of them!
Brakes are very good (as described by other users as well) and I think are the best cable disk brakes that a bike can have!
+2points
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Review 7 for Avid BB7 MTB Cable Disc Brake
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Sneezing7
from Limassol, Cyprus
Age:25-34
Style:Mountain Biking
Experience:Regular
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

Serious Value for Money

PostedDecember 10, 2010
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Pros: Good value, Good quality, Lightweight, Looks great
I recently purchased the 180mm kit as an upgrade to the 165mm BB7 that I bought from Evans (obviously) last year.
Although the 165mm rotor matched with V brakes at the rear was a good combination, the new setup of the 180mm rotor up front & 165mm at the rear has immense stopping power! You will need to bed in the pads and rotors, so at first I would take it easy and avoid any emergency stops. After a while (maybe 10-20km), stopping power will increase greatly.
If your looking for a non hydraulic setup, I cannot recommend the BB7 kit enough!
+5points
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