Avid Speed Dial 2.0L Brake Lever

4.6/5 (80 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Live-Action View Ports
  • Speed Dial
  • Bend Zone


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Daryl a Cross Country Rider from San Jose, California

    Date Reviewed: September 18, 2005

    Strengths:    Adjustable modulation via Speed Dial knob actually works.
    Actual weight of my SD-2.0L levers are LIGHTER than both advertized weight for (2005) SD 7 and (2005) SD SL levers.


    Weaknesses:    Pivot slop is not adjustable (see Paul Components Love Levers with adjustable pivot bolt).
    Chrome finish reflects sunlight, which is not kind on my eyes. (Annoyance, not weakness).


    Bottom Line:   
    Fine lever at a great price. It's old product, relatively light weight, and works as advertized.

    I've ridden these levers for hundreds of trail miles with great results. In the process I've learned a few things about how to setup linear pull levers and brakes to achieve the greatest mechanical advantage and preferred "feel" in lever pull. Speed Dial feature gives me convenient modulation adjustment during initial setup. Made a quick adjustment on the first ride, and have not needed to change the setting after two years of use. Thank you Avid. Thank you very much.

    If you're building a bike on a budget and want a lever with easy modulation adjustment, buy the SD-2.0L (discontinued. find 'em on ebay). I used my SD-2.0L with Avid ball bearing disc brakes on another bike with great results too!

    If you cannot tolerate the pivot slop that inevitably develops with use, then look for something else.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Linear pull specific design folks. Not cantilever.

    I've owned and used: XTR. Avid AD-1.0L. Tektro V-levers.
    Tested: Most Shimano levers since 1998. Paul Love Levers. DiaCompe. Cane Creek Direct Curve. Hayes HML. Avid FR-5. SRAM 7.0 and 9.0.


    Bike Setup:   1993 Specialized Hardrock (rigid fork). Avid 20 brakes. Avid SD-2.0L levers.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mohammed al Steve from dumfries, scotland

    Date Reviewed: March 23, 2005

    Strengths:    good, good, good.

    Weaknesses:    no, no, no.

    Bottom Line:   
    good levers. you can't argue with that. easy to set up, responsive, stiff, strong, get them. there is nothing that can go wrong with them.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   deore, tektro, radius, shimano, magura, hope, hayes, promax

    Bike Setup:   QUALITY.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by George F a Cross Country Rider from Ottawa, Canada

    Date Reviewed: March 1, 2005

    Strengths:    VERY light, Simple design, feels good and comfortable when applying brakes.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Very good, problem free after 1-year of use.

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    Favorite Trail:   Sunview

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Christmas Gift

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX

    Bike Setup:   Marin Novato Triple Butted 7005 Aluminum Edge Tubed Frame, Mavic Crossrides, Bontrager Comfort K Hardcase Tires, Rock Shocks Jett 2, Kore Elite XC Comp Handlebars, Kore lite 3 Stem, Avid Arch Rival V-Brakes, Avid Speed Dial SD 2.0L Brake Levers, TruVativ 5D Crank, WTB Momentum Comp ST Headset, WTB Rocket V Saddle, Sette 7 APX seat post, Shimano XT Derailleurs, Cateye Wireless 7 computer, Profile briefs bar Ends, BLT mini-Doppler Light.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Brendan a Weekend Warrior from BC, Canada

    Date Reviewed: May 30, 2004

    Strengths:    - great shape and feel
    - easy to adjust
    - great modulation
    - lasted me 5 years and still going strong


    Weaknesses:    - chrome finish is starting to wear off
    - pricy at point of purchase


    Bottom Line:   
    Great lever that's withstood the test of time. I took them off my old bike and put them on the new one since they felt so good. They're perfect with the Avid discs; adjustments are so easy, and I can get the brakes to feel exactly how I want, from super sensitive on/off braking, to extreme modulation. When these break on me, I might spring for a set of Avid Ultimates. These were pretty expensive levers back when I got them, but since they've lasted me for so long, I'm still giving it 4 for value.

    PS. Price is in $CAD

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX levers

    Bike Setup:   Avid 8" mech. discs

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by SuperB a Weekend Warrior from SOFLA

    Date Reviewed: August 19, 2003

    Strengths:    adjustable lever blade, good feel, made by Avid

    Weaknesses:    none that I can tell

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a great product that I bought discontinued nearly 2 years ago. The levers offer a nice, smooth feel and have an adjuster to dial 'em in. Great product, great company. I would definitely recommend Avid brake products.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $25.00

    Purchased At:   online

    Similar Products Used:   OEM Tektro POS

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale Super V, Thompson seatpost, Avid lever and brakes, LX/XT drivetrain, Ithys Amore saddle, SH-515 pedals

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Sandy a Weekend Warrior from Atlanta, Ga, US

    Date Reviewed: July 14, 2003

    Strengths:    Feel, Strength, price, look

    Weaknesses:    None yet

    Bottom Line:   
    Great levers for a good price, much better feel, solid, Maybe a little heavy for xc standards but is not noticable. Dial makes for easy ajustment on the fly and greater control while breaking.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Stock levers

    Bike Setup:   Marin Palisades Trail Basically Stock

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Cliff a Cross Country Rider from City of Lights

    Date Reviewed: February 3, 2003

    Strengths:    What not to like!! Adjustable, smooth, control, etc., Price/value is as good as it gets for rim brakes.

    Weaknesses:    A little play in the lever pivots but doesn't seem to affect use or have gotten worse with use.

    Bottom Line:   
    Yeah, great levers, great price, great for X country. Gotta love 'em. XTR setup on my other FS are a little better but pricey overkill for the XC riding I do. Since I manage to crash at regular intervals, and the rocks take their toll on brake levers/housings, I'm sticking with these and bought a spare set at $17. Ride on...

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    Favorite Trail:   single track

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $17.00

    Purchased At:   cambria.com

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano, Diacomp, generics

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Comp Hopper, Trek Y - lots upgrades, Avid Mag brakes, flak jacket cables, WTB Razor dual compound pads on Mavic 517 non-ceramic rims

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from San Diego

    Date Reviewed: March 1, 2002

    Strengths:    Ergonomics and adjustability

    Bottom Line:   
    The bikes came with the best of everything, circa 1996, weighing 25 pounds with dual suspension. The levers were installed along with Cane Creek brakes when I replaced the MachineTech cantilevers that came on the bike. Wow, what a diffence in modulation and power! They've worked flawlessly for over three years on two identical bikes. My wife's is smaller and so are her hands, so the reach and modulation is adjusted for her grip and riding style. Worth it.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   Shinamo

    Bike Setup:   96' Jamis Dakar Team, judy SL with Englund upgrade, Cane Creek AD12, MachineTech hubs, Marwi titanium Ti-Dye spokes, Salsa Double Barrel Cranks, SRAM shifters and rear derailleur, Speedplay Frog pedals, Cane Creek brakes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Spokane

    Date Reviewed: November 19, 2001

    Strengths:    Light, Strong, Adjustability, Rebuildable, They Work Great

    Weaknesses:    None so far. It might be nice if the levers weren't so smooth because they get a little slippery when sweat gets on them but come on- I'm fishing here.

    Bottom Line:   
    I've had these for over three years and absolutely love them. I just took them part and cleaned them up for the first time and there was no discernable wear. Plus if there is any slop after years of use you can shim them with the Shimano V-Brake (XT) rebuild washers and then they are good as new again. These things do what they are meant to do and do it well- no flash, no gimmicks and they are still around after a couple years unlike the Shimano "here today gone tomorrow" product line. Remember 8 Speed Shimano?

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    Favorite Trail:   Anything with Dirt

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   XT, XTR, Hayes, SRAM, Kooka


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by dab a Cross Country Rider from ma-nh

    Date Reviewed: May 10, 2001

    Strengths:    - Dial adjustment
    - Cool looking


    Weaknesses:    - Weight

    Bottom Line:   
    - I'd refuse to use any other levers. There is no doubt, Avid is on top of making the brake levers. I love the dial feature. The lever arm is in right length and shape. The feel is excellent. Ther is no replacement

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   This review is for Speed Dial 7


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Lukasz Szmit a Cross Country Rider from Poland

    Date Reviewed: March 8, 2001

    Strengths:    Unbreakable

    Weaknesses:    None!

    Bottom Line:   
    I use them since 2 yrs, had some BAD accidents. The lever sometimes bent but since they're alu - no problem with repair...

    Worth any money.
    Very reliable.

    Works great with XT V-Brakes.

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    Favorite Trail:   Any which allows me to get the kick I like :-)

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   New Author Sector '99 bike (www.author.cz)

    Similar Products Used:   ESP 9.0, Tektro

    Bike Setup:   Author Sector '99, XT/LX, ESP 9.0SL

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Nigel a Racer from Toronto

    Date Reviewed: February 5, 2001

    Strengths:    Very good lever overall
    Speed Dial works well wouldnt go back to anything without it
    Looks sweet
    Very easy to set up


    Weaknesses:    I was downhilling at Blur Mountain and went over the bars twice. Not to bad but the levers each bent [not broke] ya the black part is really weak
    only weakness >>>>>>>>>>>^^^^


    Bottom Line:   
    Great looking and performing levers
    Avid should strengthen them a bit though.
    They improved the performance of my crappy disks
    but get this I am gonna set them up with mag 25s and flack jacket cables and housing then ill review again

    it loses some flaming mechanical disks because of weaknesses

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    Favorite Trail:   Durham Forest

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   The Cyclepath toronto

    Similar Products Used:   stock no name xts

    Bike Setup:   use them with crappy ccrappy formula mech disks

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mark a Cross Country Rider from Tucson, Arizona

    Date Reviewed: January 16, 2001

    Strengths:    Inexpensive
    Well-made, good feel with Sachs/SRAM


    Weaknesses:    Could use a longer lever

    Bottom Line:   
    I have the older SD-2.0L Avid levers, bought on clearance after my favorite old style Avid Ultimates sold out. These have a shorter lever than the old Ultimates, which I greatly miss, but these levers work very well for me, no real pivot slop or other problems. I haven't tried other brands except for Shimano, but I like these much better than Shimano and of course work much better with Sachs/SRAM shifters.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $22.00

    Similar Products Used:   1997 Shimano LX
    1997 Shimano XT



    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Chris Prithcard a Cross Country Rider from Ottawa, Ont, Can

    Date Reviewed: January 12, 2001

    Strengths:    the speed dial is sweet. and they make my hunk of crap front disk work a bite better

    Weaknesses:    leavers rub against the housing a little but no big deal

    Bottom Line:   
    great leavers and are adjusted very easly. they grab nice and strong and they should put me on my head if i am not carfull. i got them as a gift, but every one else says that they are not to bad price wise. i like them.

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    Favorite Trail:   all of them

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   diatech's and some other shimmano crap

    Bike Setup:   triked out giant atx 840

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by alberto -blank- a Weekend Warrior from miami

    Date Reviewed: November 22, 2000

    Strengths:    Light

    Weaknesses:    Not too good braking performance, for the same price I would buy a avid.

    Bottom Line:   
    They came with my bike and they don't work to good, and like i said for the same price i would like a avid mag or 2.0.

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    Favorite Trail:   -blank-

    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Purchased At:   the store of my bike

    Similar Products Used:   Avid 2.0, Shimano(i think altus),


    Bike Setup:   Specialized rockhopper(1998)

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