Avid Speed Dial 1.9 Brake Lever

4.48/5 (25 Reviews)


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Avid 1.9 speed dial


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Turd Furgeson a Cross Country Rider from Merryland

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2004

Strengths:    Simple design that does the job very well and lasts just as long as most higher end products.

Weaknesses:    None yet other than a bit of rusting on the bolts and other non-stainless metal bits.

Bottom Line:   
I totally agree with most of the other posters here in that the Avid 1.9's are a great lever. They're starting to look a bit dated (to me), but performance wise they've kicked butt since day 1. They've required very little maintenence and aren't obtrusive despite my big hands (I'm a clydesdale). After 4yrs. of continuous use they're getting a bit loose, but not enough to make a big deal out of and I may only upgrade to something new just for looks. Overall a great set of brake levers!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Came stock on bike.

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   '00 Trek VRX300: Azonic Love Seat, Azonic O.R.S. stem, Sette APX post, ODI's, stock otherwise...for now...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hunter a Cross Country Rider from Casselberry, Fl

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2003

Strengths:    Covers all bases

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
The avid 1.9L levers are the same as the 2.0L. It is just the model that comes stock on many bikes. If you can pick these up at a savings then do it. They have given years of worry free service. No breaks when I wreck and slam them into a tree or jump face (keep them loose on the handle bar so they move when they hit). The modulation adjustment is what I like the most. NO worries when you ride is the other great benefit of this quality product.

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Favorite Trail:   Ocala

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   online somewhere

Similar Products Used:   Avid 1.0

Bike Setup:   Trek Hardtail with Full Shimano XT 9spd system, Race Face Cranks, Mavic D521 rear/Sun O degree front rim, Ringle headset, LX V-brakes, Avid 1.9 levers, Kore stem, Titec riser bars, RockShox suspension seatpost, RockShox Judy Race fork, Primo pedals, ODI grips.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joE ?? a Weekend Warrior from a place

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2001

Strengths:    lever feel
speed dial thing is the mutts genitalia
unstoppable when paired up with any avid brake, especially the arch rival


Weaknesses:    scratches a little easily, but thats nowt bad

Bottom Line:   
though they stopped making these llevers, they live on as the SD5 ( or is it 7?), but they still kick ass big time compared to current shimano levers.

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Favorite Trail:   a thin layer of lemon curd

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   stx,lx, tektro rubbish

Bike Setup:   2k kona stuff, 2k judy races, hope enduro 4 disc brake up front,avid arch rival rear with speed dial 1.9, truvativ firex crankset, currently using standard sun ditchwitch rims on sum dodgy unbranded hubs (shimano i think), tioga 2.3 tyres

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by matt a Cross Country Rider from st louis

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2001

Strengths:    reliable! strong, and reliable. comfortable too.

Weaknesses:    after prolonged use, such as in trials, they seem to flex some.

Bottom Line:   
i've used these levers since i bought my bike in feb, 99, and they have performed extremely well the entire time! they are very simple, and very strong. i flipped my bars once, and my bike came down on the rear brake lever. the lever bent quite a bit, but i was able to bend it back, and i have had no problems since. they are curved in a way that i don't have to use much energy to stop. i love 'em. defintitely well matched up with my avid 2.0 brakes. definitely a kick ass bang for the buck.

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Favorite Trail:   kokopelli loops in fruita

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Touring cyclist; came on bike

Similar Products Used:   avid speed dial 2.0s

Bike Setup:   99 trek 7000 with lots of stuff

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeremy a Cross Country Rider from Terrace, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2001

Strengths:    The lever has a feel to it that is unmatched by shimano. The speed dial adjustment is also very nice.

Weaknesses:    The pivot in my right lever is a bit loose from crashing too much, but it still works great!

Bottom Line:   
These levers are for anyone who uses a cable brake. The only excuse for not buying these is if you have hydralic brakes. My old Deore levers had a curved back that dug into my knuckles when rock hopping. Avid levers give amazing stopping power that makes it so you can enjoy your ride more. If you want better brakes, start with avid levers.

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Favorite Trail:   Terrace Mountain

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   McBike

Similar Products Used:   Old Shimano, Shimano Deore

Bike Setup:   LX complete Kona AA with XT rear derailleur. Race Face stem and Bash Guard. Marzocchi Z1 D.O. forks. AVID brakes!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Parker a Weekend Warrior from Louisville Ky

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2001

Strengths:    Good price, awesome feel...great adjustablility helps when installing mech discs.

Weaknesses:    NADA

Bottom Line:   
Blows the pants off of any other comparable lever out there. Hell ...it beats the pants off of all the overprice shimano crap ive used...coupled w/ avids mech discs its a sweet set-up...if you can find em cheap...like i did for 19 at jenson then go for it...i didnt used to think brake levers were a worthy upgrade, but the feel and adjustability you get w these puppies is amazing....ahh but if only we had more than 5 flamin chilis

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $19.00

Purchased At:   Jensonusa

Similar Products Used:   Tektro levers, xt levers

Bike Setup:   Jamis eureka le

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Cross Country Rider from T.O. Canada

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2001

Strengths:    -Speed Dial -Can use 1 finger
-Looks awesome -works great
-Not Shimano


Weaknesses:    None found yet

Bottom Line:   
An awesome brake that you can grab at a great price, performs really nicely, looks great, and I love that bend ZonE ! ! !

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Favorite Trail:   Hardwood Hills

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Boyd's

Similar Products Used:   -Shimano LX, XT, XTR
-Avid 2.0L, Mag


Bike Setup:   '99 Trek 8000 Race Face, XT

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark a Cross Country Rider from Wichita Falls, TX

Date Reviewed: January 6, 2001

Strengths:    great feel and adjustability, light weight, solid construction, speed dial nice feature

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
Overall good quality and feel, 2 fold better than XT's, they don't have that squishy feel. One of the best upgrades for the price.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   LX, XT, Avid 1.0

Bike Setup:   Trek 8900, judy SL, XT/LX, Sram 9.0SL, Bontrager Race wheel

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew Riley a Cross Country Rider from Hull, England

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2000

Strengths:    On the fly adjustment + impressively smooth modulation
Quality build + finish


Weaknesses:    None really

Bottom Line:   
Using Hope disc at front with Marin V-brakes at back is not really a balanced level of quality between front and rear braking systems. Anyway, I was planning to save for Hope at back too, but saw Avid levers for £5 (usually £25) so I figured, hell I'll buy one for a fiver just to see what its like. And it was a pleasent suprise. I've alsways felt that whilst superior to casntis due to their stopping power, V-brakes have a diabolical lack of feel. However, simply changing my lever to the avid has really made a noticeable difference; I can brake confidently at both front and rear without skidding - something I couldn't do with the marin brake lever. And as I only used the back, I can sell the front on for as much as I paid for the pair - infintely many chillis for value then!

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Favorite Trail:   Anything outdoors

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $7.00

Purchased At:   www.bontrhonebikes.com - UK mail order

Similar Products Used:   Marin V-brakes, Shimano LX.

Bike Setup:   Marin Alpine Trail, Hope disc at front, Avid lever with Marin V-brake at back (Arch Rival on its way now)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Downhiller from Salt Lake City

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2000

Strengths:    Killer modulation due to the speed dial. Great looks. Solid feel.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I think that these are a million times better than the LX's that I had. They are so much easier to adjust. They feel much more solid and well constructed. This has definitely been the best value/performance upgrade I have made to my bike. Shimano brakes & levers just can't compare.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $23.00

Purchased At:   Cambria Bike Outfitter

Similar Products Used:   LX levers

Bike Setup:   K2 Proflex 3000 with Avid 2.0 brakes and 1.9 levers. LX/XT drivetrain.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by michael da kota a Cross Country Rider from haarlem, nh, netherlands

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2000

Strengths:    s e x y design (damn spellcheck tells me I use profanity words ...and you click back and voila whole review is gone with the wind - sush...) , robust and can you say demolish-proof.

Weaknesses:    none. Erh...price?

Bottom Line:   
great stuff...if newer avid brakes only got better since these...go for it.

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Favorite Trail:   spaarnwoude, netherlands.

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   XTR 97 non-vbrake levers

Bike Setup:   C'dale Killer V800 , xt 2k rear&front, strongarm with shimano blades crank, mavic crossride wheels, stx-rc 99 vbrakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brett a Cross Country Rider from Woodside, CA

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2000

Strengths:    Speed Dial, Adujustability, Can be used with one-to-three fingers, ease of cable replacement, Value.

Weaknesses:    None yet.

Bottom Line:   
The Speed Dial is the best. No other company can touch it. With Shimano you just set it and deal with it. With Avid you can adjust the brakes to fit the trail. Paired with Avid's Arch Rivals they make for a powerful, refined brake set up. Great Value.

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Favorite Trail:   Corral Loop/Powerline

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX, Avid 2.0

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F-1000, Headshok SL, LX/XT/XTR, Sachs, Avid Arch Rival 5.0 brakes, Avid 1.9 Speed Dial levers.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rod a Weekend Warrior from Calgary Canada

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2000

Strengths:    They fell great work well with just 1 finger or 3. Have great control with them plus haven't broke one yet.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
They are the best I have every used. Work great with the brakes. They feel great with just one finger. Would say they are the best out their.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   XT/LX

Bike Setup:   99 Cdale Super V 900

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jordan atkinson a Weekend Warrior from victoria british columbia

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2000

Strengths:    The actual shape of lever The feel it has and the adjustiblity with the speed dial
the strength


Weaknesses:    sortoff expensive

Bottom Line:   
Excellent stron product. the 1.0 is nice but if ya want the cpeed dial and the better built lever pay the extra amount.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   lx avid 1.0 xt Xtr tektro magura

Bike Setup:   k2 flying monkey

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Eric L a Cross-Country Rider from Sudbury, Ontario

Date Reviewed: December 19, 1999

Strengths:    
the dial


Bottom Line:   
They are pretty good levers and i am satysfied to own them!

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Favorite Trail:   
all

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
shimano XTR
SRAM 7.0


Bike Setup:   
Norco Sasquatch

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