Avid 2008 Speed Dial 7 levers work with linear pull brakes (Avid,Shimano V-brakes, all mechanical discs, etc), and helpTo provide smooth, efficient and powerful braking. Left Lever Brake Lever Actuation: Long Pull Brake Lever Use: Left Intended Use: Mountain Bolt can be reversed on bar clampTop or bottom Right Lever Brake Lever Actuation: Long Pull Brake Lever Use: Right Intended Use: Mountain Bolt can be reversed on bar clampTop or bottom
Strengths: They do the job for BB7 mech brakes and v-brakes
Weaknesses: Shoddy construction, quality, and cheesy finish, especially compared to previous Avid levers
I got these to replace some worn levers on my single speed bike, thinking they would be more like the older SD 7's and SD 5's I have/had on other bikes. The geometry and overall functioning design is the same, but the construction and finish are very cheap. What has also changed is the ability to disassemble/ service/ rebuild them, like the older models; they are strictly disposable, and judging from their thin, cheap construction, it won't be long.
Strengths: Adjustable, look great, works amazing, lightweight
I got a pair of these levers after breaking my previous normal avid levers. I wasn't expecting much of a difference bow wow! The speed dial makes such a difference and the response on these brakes when screwed all the way out is amazing (using with avid BB5's and 180mm rotors) I will defiantly buy these again if needed.
I've known about these for a couple of years, but always thought they were just a gimmick. I decided to buy a pair after researching them though and I am super impressed. I have BB7's already, and these levers give the already awesome BB7's a great, silky smooth feel (assuming you have sensibly routed high quality cables and housings). The combination of these levers and the BB7 is impossible to beat for the price, and is probably just as good as much more expensive hydros. You won't regret buying these. Your friends with expensive hydraulic brakes will be jealous.
Strengths: Good feel to em once you get em dialed in. Light weight
Weaknesses: a bit difficult to get dialed in.
I struggled to get these dialed in right. But after doing some searching online I found some info to guide me in the right direction. I was just being an idiot about the whole thing. Even with direction I still struggled. Anyway, finally got em set and not gonna mess with em again. I have enough modulation for me to be happy. There isn't much low speed tech on my trails, but where there is I have no problems with it since installing these levers. They look pretty cool for mech brake levers too.
Strengths: Very nice levers, at least doubled my braking power over the stock Tektro levers, now 2 fingers can stop me even at 25 mph.
Weaknesses: Speed Dial feature could have more range, sometimes there's a scratching noise at certain points in the speed dial adjustment, they could've used tighter tolarances, but at only $20, that's to be expected
At $20 on amazon, this is the most important upgrade on your new bike besides the front derailleur
Strengths: They are light, and smooth to the touch
Amazing braking power
They look good, are are really cheap.
Weaknesses: Pretty weak material in my opinion.
I set these up with some brand new BB7 disk brakes and loved them. The braking power was phenomenal; it definitely increased my skill and performance on the single track (I'm a noob). However, I had two crashes in one day; the usual if you will, nothing crazy. On the first crash, my right lever bent, on the second, my left one broke. I was shocked to see that happened with such a light crash. I'm considering getting these again because the old levers I replaced them with are trash, and anything else is too expensive for the time being. Comparing them with the s*** levers I have on right now, I would say these brakes increase the stopping power significantly. Definitely look into the other reviews; I don't know if it was my luck, or the material of these brakes that caused them to break/bend.
a All Mountain Rider
from Montreal, QC
Date Reviewed: February 14, 2012
Strengths: Light, cheap, cool look, powerful, fully adjustable, reversible left/right, bend zone levers, works like a charm.
Weaknesses: None so far.
I bought them for the New Year, very easy and quick to install, I've followed this online tutorial for setting them up with mech disc brakes : http://www.twowheelblogs.com/avid-bb7-disc-brake-set-and-tuning
Follow the tutorial all the way and you'll get perfectly tuned brakes with an hydro feel lever. Speed Dial adjust (leverage ratio adjust) really helps to get both front and rear levers to feel the exact same. Levers are reversibles (can be used left or right) and have a custom clamp bolt to allow threading from top or bottom, in case you ever strip the threads. They are quite light, feel solid and you can say goodbye to friction. Can be used with either 1 or 2 fingers, both feels really comfortable. I've ride them about 5 times so far into freezing temps (winter time here) and didn't had any problem with the levers being stuck because of the cold. For $20 the pair, you can't go wrong when choosing a leverage ratio adjust lever set. The big advantage of those levers really is the Speed Dial adjust, which makes both levers feels the same. And quite light, but still strong.
Similar Products Used: Koshy Power Curve and Tektro MT30 (no leverage ratio adjustment)
Bike Setup: Full housing, universal style, braided. Front BB7 MTB, rear MX2, both 203mm Hayes V8 rotors, mix of galvanized/steel cables. metal ferrules.
a Weekend Warrior
from Malvern, PA
Date Reviewed: January 31, 2012
Strengths: - Easy to set up even for a noob(I am)
- Smooth action
- Feels it has little more braking power
- Light for price
- Price is pretty cheap that most places sell it for $20
Weaknesses: - I expected too much from reading all the reviews.
Front brake of my stock brake which is BB5 felt it's not stopping fast enough or not as fast as it used to. I've tried many things to get improve/get stopping power back and read review about SD7 that it improves braking power. Before I spend lot more money on new brake, I decided to try this after reading many reviews.
This is great lever! It feels better, more adjustable than stock(of course) and it feels stopping power has been improved although it might not be. The reason I say about braking power is that when I was installing this, I had to loosen up everything and doing so got rid of any slack so it could just be that readjusting all the cables might have improved braking power.
Still, knowing everything I know about this lever now,I would still buy it again if I had to buy another lever. Not just based on little increased braking power(again, I can't say it for sure) but feel of it and adjustability along are good enough reason for me. Just don't read all other reviews and expect Oh this lever will stop me so fast I'll OTB. :)
If you want to improve modulation for mechanical brake or feel of it in general, get this lever! Great lever!
Similar Products Used: One that came with my bike.
Bike Setup: 2012 Hardrock Sport Disc 29, Time ATAC Alium Pedal, Phenom Comp Gel Saddle, Wellgo MG-1 and Speed Dial 7
a Weekend Warrior
from Grand Rapids, MI
Date Reviewed: September 8, 2011
Strengths: - Speed dial gives the perfect range of leverage
- Smooth action
- Built in return spring
- Surprisingly light
- Lever shape is just right
- Fair price
Weaknesses: None so far.
I was hesitant to buy these because I thought my stock levers worked just fine; man was I missing out. These levers with BB7's gives you the ability to adjust from full modulation to full lock-up. It is truly surprising how a few clicks on that magic red dial can change the feel of your brakes.
Bike Setup: Sette Reken: Avid BB7's with Jagwire Hypercables
a Weekend Warrior
from Vic, BC
Date Reviewed: September 2, 2011
Strengths: Feel, look, adjustability, price and the weight is decent.
Weaknesses: Possible future bendage.
Love these. Super cheap in price only! These are superior to others due to the adjustable leverage. The build is great-no slop, attractive, textured handles. These appear to be shaved down dramaticly compared to my old SD 5's which means lighter weight but also less stout, which is fine for me cuz I'm not doing any hard-core trails and I use bar ends that help protect these from direct impact.
Bike Setup: old 92 RM Team Comp rigid for street/city.
a Cross Country Rider
from Pascoag, Rhode Island. USA
Date Reviewed: December 6, 2010
Strengths: Great adjustability, look's great, easy to set up, works with many brakes, NOT just rim brakes!
Bottom line. They rock! I have them coupled with my BB5's and they work great. The little red knob is the wonder of it all, adjust your modulation, and how much power it takes to lock up the wheels. I personally nearly have the knob screwed out all the way, for tons of power. They looks great too, metallic charcoal!
Bike Setup: 2010 Rockhopper Comp, spesh captain sport tires, odi rogue grips with blue locks, carbon seatpost, sd 7 levers, sun ringle zuzu pedals, alligator serration rotors. etc.
a Weekend Warrior
from Bellevue, WA
Date Reviewed: April 14, 2010
Strengths: Quick adjustment for pad engagement (Speed Dial)
Weaknesses: none, yet
These levers are the missing link for my BB7s. I had some 1997 Shimano XT combination lever/shifter on the bike before upgrading to these levers. Now that I have the Speed Dial 7 levers on the same brakes with the same old cables...wow. I would go so far to say that they feel better than all of the hydraulic systems I listed in the Similar Products section!
Buy these and get the BB7 adjusted correctly...you won't be disappointed!
a Weekend Warrior
from Prince William, VA, USA
Date Reviewed: December 25, 2009
Strengths: Cheap, adjustable knob on lever is functional and looks cool, light weight enough.
Great deal. Pair these with some BB7s or you favorite set of v-brakes and you got a super adjustable combination of braking awesomeness. If you still are kicking it with the mech brakes these are the best. They are a great deal, buy the SL version if you are big on saving weight. In my opinion (I own and use both) there is no difference between the two products. Best in house for value and performance for sure.
a Weekend Warrior
from orange couty, CA USA
Date Reviewed: September 2, 2008
Strengths: Great adjustability. Can adjust the reach and pull force. Lightweight.
Weaknesses: The "bend zone" is a bad design concept. I took a spill and found the lever was bent up. It is light weight, but the thin-walled body is not durable enough. While riding through the trails in the San Gabriel mtns., the rear brake started acting up. After the ride, examined the brake lever and found that it had smacked into something. The body split open where cable slit was. The barrel adjuster fell out. It is lightweight, but not durable at all.
The product did not last one month. All it took was one ride through some demanding singletrack to bend one lever and bust the housing on the other. I received some Cane Creek levers and upon examination, the housing wall is almost double the thickness. Awesome! It is heavier and doesn't have the "Speed dial" feature, but after using the Cane Creeks, who cares. 4 chillis for value. $25 for levers with features (beneficial or not) not found on other levers. 1 chilli for durability.
i have some very old speed dials like 1.5 or something with my bb7. They have a little bit of "stiction" and are slow to return. I bought some speed dial 7s, but the shifters and speed dials require me to slide everything off the bar (including grips) rather than just unclamp them. The speed dial 7 ... Read More »
Anybody taken these apart?
Before I start forcing things - Is the lever pivot pin pressed into the lever?
Older versions used a small set screw to secure the lever to the pivot axle but that seems to have been eliminated.
The Avid parts list has an exploded view but it does not offer much insig ... Read More »
I think I have the BB7 calipers adjusted properly. But the levers not so much. I've dialed em both all the way each way and it doesn't make anything feel any different. What am I doing wrong?Read More »
I would like to decrease the reach on my Speed Dial 7 levers that I'm running with BB7 brakes. I tried turning the adjustment screw as per the manual, but it doesn't appear to change anything. Any ideas?Read More »
I understand Speed Dial 7 levers offer increased or decreased modulation by turning a knob which changes how much brake cable is pulled via a given amount of lever throw. That means if front and rear calipers are setup and adjusted identically with the exception being a difference in the number of ... Read More »