Avid AD-1.0L Brake Lever

4.32/5 (28 Reviews)
Weight : 170 g MSRP : $49.00


Product Description

  • Adjustable Leverage
  • Compact Length
  • Bend Zone handle
  • Cable pull Dual position


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Bill a Cross Country Rider from Dearborn, MI, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 16, 2006

    Strengths:    These are bomb proof levers. Fairly light and super durable.

    Weaknesses:    They'll probably never break, I'll be using these levers for the rest of my life!

    Bottom Line:   
    These levers have outlasted any other component that I have ever used! It's crazy! These levers were stock on my Gary Fisher Big Sur when that bike was still considered a good mid level ride; now the Big Sir is barely a respectable entry level bike, but I digress. These levers have never given me a problem since I acquired them! They've been on three different bikes with three different types of brakes. When I built my current ride a few months ago, I decided to upgrade to Avid Mech. Disk brakes, but opted to keep the old school levers. They're simply awesome!

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   They came stock on my 1998 Gary Fisher Big Sur

    Similar Products Used:   I've been using these levers for so long that I can't remember any others!!!

    Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar XC Frame, Manitou Elite Black Forks, Fox Float R Rear Shock, Mavic XC 717 Rims, Shimano XT Disk Hubs (front & rear), Old School Shimano XT Crank, Shimano XT ES71 Splined Bottom Bracket, Speedplay Frog Pedals, Shimano XT Front Dérailleur, Shimano XT Rear Dérailleur, Shimano XT 9 Speed Shifters (front & rear), Shimano XT 9 Speed Cassette, Shimano XTR/Dura-Ace 9 Speed Chain, Avid BB5 Disk Brakes (front & rear), Old School Avid 1.0 Brake Levers, Cane Creek Headset, WTB Laser V Saddle, Avid Flack Jacket Housing/Cable (shift & brake)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Nikola Djurdjevic a Weekend Warrior from Downtown Eastside Van

    Date Reviewed: April 16, 2005

    Strengths:    super smooth, stop like crazy and do it as good as some mechs.

    Weaknesses:    maybe that theyre a bit farther from the handlebar, making it harder for 1 fingeres trials, but other than that, perfect

    Bottom Line:   
    I don't know what people are saying that these levers are heavy, and why the hell would someone drill up their lever to save a few miligrams. Bottom line i got these stock on my XC bike which i turned into a urban dirt jumper and these v's rock.

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    Favorite Trail:   any nice drop or stairset or jump

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   From sum Australian dude

    Similar Products Used:   the no-name u brakes on my bmx that caused my friend to get hit by a car

    Bike Setup:   Block 8 hardtail, '02 dj1, rynolites, avid v's haro big block pedals, shimano cranks, custom machined chainguide ect...

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by istrate mihai a Weekend Warrior from cluj Romania

    Date Reviewed: January 31, 2005

    Strengths:    light.they do their job prety well.

    Weaknesses:    actualy the lever bends down if you push constantly.Ex:trials,bunny hopping

    Bottom Line:   
    good material for tials and street.it is a light set up,unlike disc systems.if you go for DH forget'em.this the cheapest v-brake lever from Avid but works SUPER.they worked for me so they shoud work for you too.i'm onto discs now.i wanna go big this year so i need heavy duty parts,so parts that are heavier.buy'em!...DON'T TIGHTEN THEM HARD ON THE BARS!They will brake.SAFE RIDE TO ALL OF YOU GUYS!

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    Favorite Trail:   park,street trials

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   friend

    Similar Products Used:   lizard vanguard

    Bike Setup:   good stuff

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Peter a Cross Country Rider from Saratoga CA, USA

    Date Reviewed: September 17, 2004

    Strengths:    Very simple, very solid lever. Crisp feel, not slushy.

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    These are the nicest levers i've ever felt, they have a clean crisp feel, and when paired with XT / XTR parallel push V-brakes, you will stop when you want to, not when need to.

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    Favorite Trail:   Saratoga Gap

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Came with the bike

    Similar Products Used:   god damn Tektro.

    Bike Setup:   k2 softail, xt drivetrain, xtr real derailleur.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider from Vancouver

    Date Reviewed: August 20, 2004

    Strengths:    They feel great, strong leverage, last & last & last....

    Bottom Line:   
    These levers are handed down to my third bike now (always felt the best). Bought them stock in '99 on my commuter. They are scratched, gouged and banged to h3ll bu still feel great. Used them on Avid v's, XT v's, and now on rear 8" hayes cable disc. They even feel balanced with the front hydros. Work extremely well in all cases.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   OEM

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano levers, hayes cable levers, hayes hydro

    Bike Setup:   XC commuter, freeride HT, urban assault HT

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from DC, USA

    Date Reviewed: March 26, 2003

    Strengths:    Do everything levers are supposed to do. Durable. Zero maintenance.

    Weaknesses:    Weight? Non-adjustable.

    Bottom Line:   
    I think these are the last stock item on my FSR. they've lasted 3 years, 4000 miles, many, many crashes and they just keep going. No bells and whistles, not the lightest levers out there, but they get the job done.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   Came stock on my 99 FSR

    Similar Products Used:   Avid 2.0, 7's

    Bike Setup:   FSR with Avid Mag brakes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Daniel Youngblood a Racer from Atlanta

    Date Reviewed: September 26, 2002

    Strengths:    Light, dependable, Look Good.

    Weaknesses:    Heavier than some levers, but thats what a drills for. Plus after you drill around the clamp it adds a pretty cool look. (Don't do this if your a warranty freak)

    Bottom Line:   
    For the money there great levers and with a few modifications they can be as light as the next lever just use your imagination. You can always upgrade parts by simply changing the bolts from Alum. to Ti. drill the clamp, hell drill the lever if your really are a stickler about weight. Look I'm a mechanic and a Expert racer and I'm not trying to say it's a good thing to drill your levers but it's an idea if you just don't give a care.

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    Favorite Trail:   Windridge

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   XT, XTR, Coda there all the same! give or take a few grams.

    Bike Setup:   Litespeed Custom Frame, Manitou Mars C, Chris King Headset, XT Shifters, Thompson Elite Post/Stem, Easton Handlebar, XTR frt/rear Der., Mavic Cross Max Wheels, Avid Arch Rival V-Brakes, Awesome Avid Levers

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by M from T

    Date Reviewed: June 17, 2002

    Strengths:    It is cheap. Came stock with my bike

    Bottom Line:   
    Not as strong as everybody thinks - I just broke mine on a trail, I fell on a log. Go with Shimano

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX brake lever


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by spraduke from england, wiltshire

    Date Reviewed: January 24, 2002

    Strengths:    very reliable and quiet, no cliking or nething

    Weaknesses:    um not the lightest

    Bottom Line:   
    Very good budget leaver. Strong, reliable and i havent had a single problem in the two years ive had them. If you can still get them do.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Bike Setup:   Orange P7

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by derek a Weekend Warrior from WA

    Date Reviewed: September 15, 2001

    Strengths:    Look good, veryu strong, couple of good adjustments

    Weaknesses:    Kinda heavy

    Bottom Line:   
    These things ock. They look and feekl like MX levers and they have GREAT modulation. I am riding Tiger tommororow and will put more results in

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    Favorite Trail:   Tiger Mountain

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX

    Bike Setup:   Stock Jamis Durango SX

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Wacked Out a Cross Country Rider from Texas

    Date Reviewed: August 13, 2001

    Strengths:    They work just as well if not better than most mid range brakes out there.

    The feel is solid and braking is strong and accurate.

    Feathering is easy on the front when D-Hing

    Not too expensive.


    Weaknesses:    They don't look like XTR, and there is just something about that grayish/blue anodized look that makes me feel like a better rider.

    Oh, and they're a little heavy...whatever


    Bottom Line:   
    Will probably upgrade to a better Avid or XTR, but i'll wait until they break.

    They feel solid, so unless I eat a tree I should be good for quite a while.

    Price point is sweet compared to high end components.
    If they're stock, stick with them. If you're building a
    bike up then spend a little more for lighter stuff.

    Four flaming turds. Woo Hoo.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   LX, XT, XTR, Avid 2.0 etc, etc....

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Rockhopper (Stock)

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Andi Baumgartner a Weekend Warrior from Berne, IN, USA

    Date Reviewed: March 15, 2001

    Strengths:    Well, i bought a Kona Caldera last year, i was checking to see what brakes felt good for my price range. I came to the Kona, and this is what made me buy it. These levers are nice, they are pretty cheap, arent too heavy, and have the closest feel to a disk brake, instead of a rim brake.

    Weaknesses:    Little heavy, who cares

    Bottom Line:   
    If you are on a budget for new levers, i highly recommend these, they are nice, and for the price you cant beat them.

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    Favorite Trail:   alot of them

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   came stock on my bike

    Similar Products Used:   none, but have tested them

    Bike Setup:   Kona Caldera, hopped out

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by guy harrington a Downhiller from derbyshire

    Date Reviewed: February 24, 2001

    Strengths:    good levers ok for jumps and duel

    Weaknesses:    don't go doing long descents they make your hands feel like S*IT.

    Bottom Line:   
    ok levers if your on a budget.

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    Favorite Trail:   ENTHOVENS

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   stanley f's

    Similar Products Used:   avid ultimates 96.

    Bike Setup:   quake 7, psyols, hopes soon.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by adam young a Downhiller from melbourne, victoria, australia

    Date Reviewed: January 23, 2001

    Strengths:    Nice lever feel,good adustments

    Weaknesses:    bent lever blade

    Bottom Line:   
    A quality lever with a nice feel with a few good adjustments like a "play" adjustment, a lever reach adjusment, and a normal cable adjustment,I have no problems with this lever except for the time I crash in a rock section and managed to bend the lever blade and the paint on them scratches kinda easily...

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    Favorite Trail:   lots

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   avid speed dials, dia compe, shimano XT & XTR(very nice)

    Bike Setup:   Specialized rock hopper, judy DHO's, kujo & factory dh,AC pro,Azonic shorty & world force bar, d521,LX

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Erik Woeldern a Weekend Warrior from Sweden Visby

    Date Reviewed: January 11, 2001

    Strengths:    Cool looks, and they work too!!!
    Best levers I have tried (except other avid), better feel than all shimano!!


    Weaknesses:    None that I know of!!


    Bottom Line:   
    Buy them or some pricier avid levers.
    Depends on the size of your wallet.....

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    Favorite Trail:   Hangmans hill

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Came stock on a TREK

    Similar Products Used:   All shimano+ avids and some others......

    Bike Setup:   Change all the time.....

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