Avid AD 3 Brake Lever

4.14/5 (14 Reviews)
Weight : 170 grams


Product Description

  • Forged Aluminum Handle
  • Designed to bend the handle, not damage the body


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    Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by archer a Weekend Warrior from SoCal, USA

    Date Reviewed: June 2, 2008

    Strengths:    They work. Sturdy. Feel good to the fingertips. No slop like the cheaper Prolines that are standard OEM on most entry and mid level MTBs.

    Weaknesses:    None, although more expensive levers may be more adjustable for lever reach and throw.

    Bottom Line:   
    These were OEM that came with the Big Sur. They have worked with no problems both on the Shimano V brakes that were on the bike and the BB7's I upgraded to not long ago. The clicking on release is not all bad as it lets people know you are there when you pop the levers rapidly.

    The two adjustments mentioned above are two positions you can insert the cable with a rubber block to keep it in the slot you choose. I switched mine when installing the BB7s to keep the handle further from the bars. Otherwise they have the barrel adjusters like most other mechanical brakes.

    I've gone down with the bike a few times and the levers are still tight and working fine even after clipping the top tube a little.

    I'm giving 4 Chilis for value because you can get more adjustment if price isn't an object but overall they are outstanding.

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    Favorite Trail:   any single track

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   OEM for the bike

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore, various Proline mostly test ridden.

    Bike Setup:   03 Gary Fisher Big Sur w/ Shimano M545 pedals and Avid BB7 disc brakes Sun Rhino/XT wheelset.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ryan a Cross Country Rider from Canada

    Date Reviewed: July 16, 2006

    Strengths:    Affordable, comfortable, durable, powerful.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    I have used these levers for over three years, and i have no complaints. They are pretty smooth, look good, and have a nice comfortable shape. I have crashed, and put some scuffs on them, but they sill work great. The black finish is actually wearing off the lever blades, just from a lot of use. They have developed some up/down play as others have mentioned, but it does not affect the function of braking in any way as far as i am concerned.

    I used these initially with HMX1 brakes, and now with BB7s. They pulled the cable, and held up to lots of riding. that is all i asked from them, and they delivered. I definitely like the BB7 setup much more. They have a lighter feel due to the adjustable spring tension.

    In conclusion, i am satisfied with this product.

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    Favorite Trail:   Hardwood Gnarly

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   Promax, Hayes.

    Bike Setup:   AD3 levers, BB7 discs.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Holy Cromoly a Cross Country Rider from Parts Unknown

    Date Reviewed: March 4, 2006

    Bottom Line:   
    No nonsense levers that get do the job. If these come on your new bike, ride them til they break or develope too much slop like mine did. Lasted me two years (came as OE on my old Jamis Dakar) and have been on 3 bike builds. Worked well with my Avid mechs. After 2 years now, they have too much slop and I finally retired them and will probably donate them to the local bike co-op. If you are building a new bike, do not get these. The extra money for the SD7 levers are well worth it.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years


    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Rene a Weekend Warrior from Veracruz, Mexico

    Date Reviewed: June 11, 2004

    Strengths:    Good Quality
    Sturdy


    Weaknesses:    Spring return not as good. Leverage feel with Avid Mechanicals.


    Bottom Line:   
    Good value. They do their job just fine but the feel of the lever is not as responsive and smooth as others.

    I don't like the leverage of this levers. I prefer Deores for my Avid Mechanicals.

    Riders Looking for a cheap, stury and solid feel lever might choose them. But they're not the best option for Avid mechanicals ironically. There are other levers in the same price range that can beat them (read Deore here).

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    Favorite Trail:   Chiluca

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   stock on bike

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano STX-RC, Shimano Deore for Mechanical Discs

    Bike Setup:   Stock Giant Warp DS1
    Alubike with full Deore disc group except Avid Mechanical front, Manitou SX fork.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Andrew Prommer a Weekend Warrior from Kelowna, B.C., Canada

    Date Reviewed: February 22, 2004

    Strengths:    Look awesome, 2 seyting adjustments, feel good, lots of room for 1 or 2 fingers, responsive!!

    Weaknesses:    None as yet

    Bottom Line:   
    Great Levers for the money, there is absolutely no way to hars bash them. As for other reviewers, there is 2 settings, when you pull the lever all the way down, at the spot you put the bacle into, there should be a c-slot, marked hi and lo, to which you can move for disc brakes or v brakes. or just your personal feel, look great and you cant go wrong with avid.

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    Favorite Trail:   in Gillard(burnt down now)

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $31.00

    Purchased At:   Black Mountain Cycle & Sport

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano, Hayes

    Bike Setup:   Matrix 1 frame, 03 Z1 Wedge,Singletracks w/ deore disc hubs, Dmr seat, Kalloy seatpost, Altus Cranks for now, Radius disc brakes, .243 mtb stem and dj bar combo,odi locking grips.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by tony a Weekend Warrior from ny

    Date Reviewed: January 7, 2004

    Strengths:    price, stregth, feel

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    great for the money. i moved up from old plastic shimano. big difference. great leverage for one or two finger shifting. adjustment screw provides adgustment of the distance from the handlebar (great feature). also can set up leverage on the cable for greater feel (less leverage) or more poser (more leverage). difference between this an upper models is that leverage positions can be changed on the fly and not only on set up. I don't think the difference warants additional $.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   shimano

    Bike Setup:   khs, xtr/xt, sram shifter

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Russell Ruggiero a Cross Country Rider from West Windsor, NJ, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 16, 2003

    Strengths:    Build

    Weaknesses:    No Adj.

    Bottom Line:   

    Dear
    Reader

    The Avid AD 3 is a true value. It is forged, looks good, and low priced. I have these levers with Shimano XTR shifters on my Trek STP 200. Sure, you can lose 30 grams for three times the price with Avid's top on the line offering, but the AD 3 is just a great bargin product. I like separate brake levers and shifters. Hence, my decision to go from Shimano LX to the Avid AD 3 and Shimano XTR duo.

    Thank You
    Russ


    PS: Forged is forged is forged. Why pay more?

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    Favorite Trail:   R&D

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   Jay's Cycle

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT

    Bike Setup:   Trek STP 200
    Avid AD 3
    Avid SD 20

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Pete a Downhiller from Nyc

    Date Reviewed: December 24, 2002

    Strengths:    cheep, all black.....

    Weaknesses:    soft metal, no ability to adjust out up/down slop

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought them, accidently took a nose stall too far foward and went over, didnt land very hard, but the right lever bent. I bent it back with my hands(proof of the softness of the metal) and continued riding them. After a week or so of riding they started getting a whole lot of slop in the levers and have no ability to adjust it out. Then one day while riding the left lever's retaining hex bolt failed and was stripped. Replaced it with old levers, but that doesnt really matter right now, because ive been riding brakeless upfront on that bike. The right lever is still on the bike and going strong but ill probably replace it soon. Its probably my fault though, i should just pony up a bit more cash and get some levers that are designed to take a beating

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Similar Products Used:   Xt, ad 7's, hayes disc levers


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Robert a Weekend Warrior from Savannah Ga

    Date Reviewed: December 15, 2002

    Strengths:    Takes a licking and keeps on working

    Weaknesses:    Found none yet

    Bottom Line:   
    These levers work like new even after all this time. I never use the adjustments on the levers because I have disk brakes and always adjust from the brake.

    These work great when they are dry, wet, or covered in mud or dirt. Mine do not make a sound when in use and in conjunction with the Avid disk brakes I use only 2 fingers to stop.

    If they ever do brake I will just get another set of them.

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    Favorite Trail:   Canal, Wine Creek, Turkey Creek, all in Augusta Ga

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   Andy Jordans Augusta Ga

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   Giant Rainer SE with upgraded rims, tires, rear derailer

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Adam Spar a Cross Country Rider from Princeton, NJ, United States

    Date Reviewed: May 2, 2002

    Strengths:    Powerful feeling pull, good lookin'
    A good lever with a better price. Nice if you don't want to bust your wallet.


    Weaknesses:    Clicking noise when you let go, but it's not that bothersome

    Bottom Line:   
    Good Brake if you don't have a big pocketful of change.

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    Favorite Trail:   Herontown

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Purchased At:   Pricepoint.com

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX & XT levers


    Bike Setup:   Trek 830 w/ crap drivetrain, Titec Bezerker, Rock Shox Judy XTC, Mavic 223 Disc w/ Deore Hubs, Ritchey Scuzzy Logic Pro Headset, Answer Stem, Front Deore Mech. Disc, Ringle Riser, Sram 9.0 Rear V Brake.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from Ipswich, Suffolk, UK

    Date Reviewed: March 27, 2002

    Strengths:    Nice feel when braking. Very positive reactions

    Weaknesses:    Loud Clicking if brake levers are released after applying brakes

    Bottom Line:   
    When used in conjunction with avid CPS mechanical discs these are so responsive you are liable to go over the bars.
    Avid could do with making some sort of silencing on the release of the brake to stop the "clicking" sound.
    Dont understand what one of the other reviewers was talking about "2 settings" on his brakes. The only adjustments I have found on the levers is the standard cable tensioners.
    If you are after a cheap set of levers which will be responsive, these are them!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Came with Bike

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore's and LX

    Bike Setup:   Schwinn Moab 1 Disc

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Alex a Cross Country Rider from CT

    Date Reviewed: January 6, 2002

    Strengths:    2 settings for the cable

    Weaknesses:    heavy

    Bottom Line:   
    great lever for any rider, great value also. they definitly beat shimano's LX levers.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Stock with trek 6700

    Bike Setup:   stock 6700

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Glen Murphy a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne, VIC, AU

    Date Reviewed: July 30, 2001

    Strengths:    Plastic doesn't freeze your fingers on cold mornings.

    Weaknesses:    Squishy.

    Bottom Line:   
    Kinda 'squishy' feel, doesn't seem to have much pull, doesn't have much in the way of adjustment options. No complaints, no compliments. Average.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   stock with idrive

    Similar Products Used:   Some other stock short-lever

    Bike Setup:   i-drive 4, Avid Single Digit 3.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jacob from Rhode Island

    Date Reviewed: July 12, 2001

    Strengths:    made by good company, strong, cumfortible

    Weaknesses:    squishy, the rivets get loose


    Bottom Line:   
    these are great levers for there price. as the bottom line of avid they certainly beat shimano's bottom line and for a better price.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $19.00

    Purchased At:   jensonUSA

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   schwinn moab 2, XT r. derailer, judy sl shocks, avid SD3 brakes.

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