Avid Speed Dial Ultimate L Brake Lever

4.68/5 (37 Reviews)
MSRP : $129.95


  • Store Price

Product Description

  • Live-Action View Ports
  • Indexed Qwik-Adjust Barrel Adjuster
  • Sealed Cartridge Bearings
  • 3-Position Reach Adjuster
  • Cam Split Clamp
  • Response Geometry


  • Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

    Reviews 1 - 15 (37 Reviews Total) | Next 15

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jason Brozic from Bristol, NY

    Date Reviewed: August 4, 2006

    Strengths:    Very light. Very strong. Adjustable in many different ways. You can customize your braking ability no matter what you are going to be riding on. It can also be adjusted on the go. No real need to stop to adjust anything.

    Weaknesses:    None as far as useage.

    They are a wee bit pricey.


    Bottom Line:   
    These Speed Dail Ultimate triggers are incredible. I paid out the ass for them, but it was well worth it. I do now want disc brakes, they are too heavy. I have these triggers setup with the Avid Single Digit Ultimate V Brakes. The setup is just crazy. These triggers with the Ultimates make my brakes way better than most moderatley priced disc brakes.

    The adjustability is amazing as well. On the road, downhill, or just some XC.... you can adjust your cable tension, trigger strength, and clamping force with ease. I have never felt v brakes this nice before. If you have the means, and want very good, well working, and extremely nice looking brake triggers, I stongly reccomend picking them up. You will be amazed.

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   ANything along the Finger Lakes Region.

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $190.00

    Purchased At:   Park Ave Bike Shop. (Rochester, NY)

    Similar Products Used:   Avid 2.0 Brake Triggers.

    Schimano XTR Brake triggers.


    Bike Setup:   1999 Gary Fisher Paragon.


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Tom a Weekend Warrior from White Plains, NY

    Date Reviewed: June 23, 2006

    Strengths:    Lightweight, good looking, simple design, works extremely well.

    Weaknesses:    Price? I think they were worth every penny.

    Bottom Line:   
    I put together a bike for my sister using a cheap frame and parts I had lying around. The brakes sucked, some Tektro v-brakes with some really crappy old levers I had. I took my SD7 levers off my Inbred and couldn't believe the improvement the levers made. I decided to plunk down $150 dollars for these levers to see if they were worth it. I don't really know why, but I just needed to know. These levers with SD7 brakes were an excellent combination. I did not note my braking to be particular inferior to discs. I decided I needed a longer fork on my Inbred. I put on a Talas with an Avid BB7 disc, and am still using these levers. They continue to be excellent. The only real difference with the discs that I notice is that my forearms don't get as tired from long downhills. I am still using the V-brake on the back, and it is fully adequate. I suspect that these levers will work well with any cable actuated braking system, but I was most impressed by how well they worked with Avid v-brakes. If your wheels are true and you adjust these levers properly, you have a powerful and lightweight braking system. The high price of these levers is easily offset by the money saved on the rest of your braking system compared to a hydraulic disc system. An excellent upgrade if you are staying with v-brakes.

    Expand full review >>

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $150.00

    Purchased At:   pricepoint

    Similar Products Used:   Avid SD7

    Bike Setup:   On-One Inbred steel hardtail with White Bros 100mm fork, Mavic 819 rims, XT hubs, SRAM X9, Easton carbon bar, Continental vertical pro tubeless, SD7 brakes.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by mike a Cross Country Rider from Iittsburgh pennsylvania

    Date Reviewed: February 13, 2004

    Strengths:    very adjustable light and maintainable. cool cnc machining. great feel.

    Weaknesses:    pricey but worth it

    Bottom Line:   
    this is cool a great lever for a xc rim brake rig. on a entry level bike i would recomend spending the extra money else were like wheels

    Expand full review >>

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $120.00

    Purchased At:   Denali cycles

    Bike Setup:   cannondale f500 with all kinds of up grades (two originall parts and one of them is the frame

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from NY, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 13, 2003

    Strengths:    Super smooth action; absolutely zero play; crash replacement policy (can replace blade and bearing for a nominal fee); easy to use and effective speed dial; speed dial view ports; beautiful machining; light weight (150 grams/pair); ergonomic lever blade; easy installation;

    Weaknesses:    reach adjustment not infinite (only a couple positions); barrel adjuster design is bad (IMHO), must have slack in cable for it to work

    Bottom Line:   
    Top notch feel; and increased power. better power than any other lever I've ever used. try it yourself, keep all the setup exactly the same, then change JUST the lever.

    All other levers that I have tried (except XTR) develop play quickly, and b/c they pivot on bushings, there's not much you can do about it. These levers last forever and even in the event that your bearings die (hasn't happened to me yet), you can get them replaced for a nominal fee from avid.

    Giving them a high value rating b/c:
    1) you can get one off eBay (or other classifieds) for a decent price and sell it back for pretty much the same price. In other words, low depreciation. See if you can sell your LX, XT, or other speed dial levers for a good price...
    2) slop does not develop quickly and even if it does, you can fix it.
    3) crash replacement policy

    Expand full review >>

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   LX, XT, XTR, Speed Dial 7, Speed Dial 5, other lower end Dia Compes, hayes hydro, mag. marta,

    Bike Setup:   nokon housing, gore rideon cable, XTR brakes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Captain Phun a Cross Country Rider from Superfund, NJ

    Date Reviewed: July 11, 2003

    Strengths:    Holy poop like butter! So sweet I'm getting a chub typing this at work! Light weight, speed dial leverage for the exact feel you want. CNC machined so they look great. Light weight. You can take the brakes off without having to remove your grips.

    Weaknesses:    The fact that I'm typing this at work and not squeezing these levers. My pud is jealous cause I play with these levers more than it now!

    Bottom Line:   
    WHen I read the other reviews and everyone says they are like butter, they were not kidding. The price has me debating between these and the avid ti levers but I said what the hell and spurlged for these. Well let me tell you, after i set them up and used them, I spurlged in my shorts! One finger braking with rims brakes. Feel soft as my magura hydros. Infintite speed dial settings. The reach setting is kinda useless for me, but can see how it could be beneficial. These brake levers are awesome! Buy these levers you will not be dissapointed!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   Waywayanda

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $120.00

    Purchased At:   Jenson

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano xt, avid sd3, magura marta hydros.

    Bike Setup:   Yeti F.R.O., light weight parts, blah blah blah

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Matt z a Weekend Warrior from Rochester, NY USA

    Date Reviewed: March 13, 2003

    Strengths:    Lightweight, looks great, works like butter, adjustable leverage

    Weaknesses:    nonya

    Bottom Line:   
    I have used these levers with XTR V brakes and now with Avid Mech discs and I have really never felt a better lever, from the shape, to the finish(brushed silver) they are absolutely the best levers out there. I even chose mechanical discs over hydros just so I could keep using these levers. If you can afford them I definitly recommend them to anyone wanting to upgrade your braking performance!!!

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   Tryon or FLT

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $75.00

    Purchased At:   friend

    Similar Products Used:   single digit, xt, lx, xtr,

    Bike Setup:   2002.5 SC Heckler, King HS, Avid Mechs., Ultimate levers, Thomson sp and stem, drivetrain mix XTR and XT, Mavic 317 XT Disc hubs

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Derek a Cross Country Rider from Edmonds, WA

    Date Reviewed: November 6, 2002

    Strengths:    Feels better than ANYTHING
    Super-smooth, light action
    Gorgeous machinework
    Highest-quality bike part I've ever seen, seriously
    Although they are expensive, these levers will be the last ones you'll buy for a while.


    Weaknesses:    Reach adjustment is really funky, doesn't stay exactly where you put it, hard to adjust accurately and precisely.

    Bottom Line:   
    If you're thinking twice (like I did) about spending the considerable fee to attain these levers, just do it. You'll be happy with them rather than replacing lever after lever, they hold their value, they look pimp, and most of all they work beautifully. They are like sculpture, the machining is so good. Each edge is so precise. Buy them now, before it's too late!

    Expand full review >>

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   Work at bike shop

    Similar Products Used:   Avid Mags and Avid 1.0's used on my bikes, have also tried pretty much everything else (work at a shop)

    Bike Setup:   '01 Stumpjumper Pro with Avid Mag brakes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by XXLT from Western US

    Date Reviewed: September 11, 2002

    Strengths:    -Can you say butter? Butter smooth that is.
    -Amazing response
    -Cool factor
    -Removable without removing everything else (2 peice clamp design)
    -Solid as a rock


    Weaknesses:    -Price? Kinda steep for levers, but when considering they are CNC'd they are actually rather cheep

    Bottom Line:   
    If you've got the cash for a sweet upgrade, you can't go wrong with these. They truly have changed the way my bike "feels" when slowing benith me. I swear they are more responsive too, but that could just be because they are super stiff.

    If your a fan of that "American" block beefy look and you want a lever that will simply change your approach to braking, these are for you. If you prefer a more polished slimmer design, you'll want to avoid these.

    NOTE: the reach adjustment could be very nice for those of you with smaller hands. However, again, you can find these on other Avid levers at about half the price.

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   Anywhere with dirt

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $115.00

    Purchased At:   PricePoint.com

    Similar Products Used:   All of em

    Bike Setup:   Custom Ti frame with all the goodies

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Tony a Cross Country Rider from York, Pa.

    Date Reviewed: February 17, 2002

    Strengths:    Huge range of adjustability, way cool design, awesome feel, makes your riding buddies envious. No "buyer's regret" here!

    Weaknesses:    Hmmmmmmmm...maybe price. I still don't regret paying the $$ for these babies!

    Bottom Line:   
    Yes, you can get by with "lesser" levers, but why?? Drop the cash and pick a set of these babies up...that is if you like to have the best feeling and best looking brake levers on the face of the planet!

    Expand full review >>

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Nothing even comes close.

    Bike Setup:   Nothing but Treks in this house, baby!

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jim Hack a Cross Country Rider from Central Wa.

    Date Reviewed: January 31, 2002

    Strengths:    The whole package

    Weaknesses:    cost

    Bottom Line:   
    Un matched quality and adjustability. Expensive but worth it depending upon your needs. Used with Mechanical disc brakes they make the setup better the the Hayes Hydraulics I have on my sugar3

    Worth over 100 bucks??? not sure you decide what you can afford. I like them a whole lot and don't regret the purchase. My stopping ability is quite important to me and these have only improved that part of my ride.

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   otter falls

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Universal cycle

    Similar Products Used:   LX XT

    Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountian element with Avid Mech Disc and 2.4motoraptors

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Joe Adnan a Cross Country Rider from Malaysia

    Date Reviewed: January 25, 2002

    Strengths:    Very good design and construction. High snob appeal value.

    Weaknesses:    Expensive, poor value.

    Bottom Line:   
    I've done a full review of the Ultimate L here: http://www.bikehash.freeservers.com/avid.html

    It's indeed the "Ultimate", but a wiser and less reckless me would now be happy with Shimano XTR levers...

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   Bukit Kiara

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   Soon Watt & Co

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano XTR levers

    Bike Setup:   Sevencycles Sola, mish-mash of current and obsolete parts. Check the bike out at http://www.bikehash.freeservers.com/seven.html

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by chris castanzo a Racer from akron, ohio

    Date Reviewed: December 17, 2001

    Strengths:    they look nice, and they are not that common yet so there is an oohhh ahhh factor. chicks dig 100 dollar brake levers

    Weaknesses:    they stick, and the barrel adjuster design flat oput sucks

    Bottom Line:   
    they are not worth the hundred bones, xtr levers are far better and cost half as much, xt are better for even less. not to mention that there are a few levers that work almost as well that are very inexpensive. i think the best i got from them were a few ooohh's and ahh's, and that seems to be what is blinding most of the people doing reviews on here. i think i would only recomend them to the park path warriors looking to land the high maintenence girl they see walking thier highbrids up the hills. the people who i would not recomend them to is anyone who is more interrested in getting the best working part for thier bikes. rather than the people we all know who think it is uncool to have a part that was not made in someone's grage, and have some kind of militant hatered towards shimano. if you don't know a person like that you probably are that person by the way

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   just about anything

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Purchased At:   a local shop

    Similar Products Used:   avid single digit ti's, 2.0's xt's, xtr's, pauls, kooka, and just about anything else worth trying

    Bike Setup:   profile racer xl, xtr v brake, answer, chris king, crupi atomlab

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by mike a Weekend Warrior from avon lake,ohio,usa

    Date Reviewed: September 8, 2001

    Strengths:    CNC'd, beautiful, strong, good looks, MODULATION, ADJUSTABILITY, 1 finger control

    Weaknesses:    price - "if you have to ask you just don't get it"!

    Bottom Line:   
    They ROCK soooo much better than the Mags, 5's & 3's nuff said cause those all blow away XT and XTR!!!!!!!!!!

    Expand full review >>

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Purchased At:   internet

    Similar Products Used:   Avid mag dial, Avid 5's, Avid 3's

    Bike Setup:   00 stumpy

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mark Bishop a Cross Country Rider from San Jose, CA USA

    Date Reviewed: July 30, 2001

    Strengths:    Light weight, Excellent construction and design, Awesome functionality, Way-cool adjustability, Nice looking

    Weaknesses:    Ha ha ha. That's funny. Weakness, yeah right.

    Bottom Line:   
    I have long been a fan of Avid brakes and levers, and these are an improvement to an already excellent lever. I love the look and feel. They're light. I love the speed dial feature. I love the fact that I can install and uninstall them without removing anything from the bar. What more can I say? These things rock. They cost a little more, but sometimes you gotta pay a little more for quality.

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   Downieville Downhill

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $115.00

    Similar Products Used:   Avid SD Ultimate (From around '95) (Pre-"v" brake)

    Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight, custom built,

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by UberClyde a Weekend Warrior from Manila, Philippines

    Date Reviewed: June 14, 2001

    Strengths:    Tough, great modulation, easily adjusted, cake to work on, etc.

    Weaknesses:    The friggin' price

    Bottom Line:   
    The price is steep. Not because these aren't great, but because they are not that much greater than great Avids that cost less. I have had multiple rolling endos in rocks and dirt and these levers came through without a bend or even a scratch, unlike my body. They work perfectly with Avid mech disc brakes - in a one second adjustment you can go for more cable actuation / less leverage or less cable pull / more modulation and power. I love how easy the barrel adjuster works - think of all those times you had some mud or oil on your fingers and couldn't get a decent grip on the cable adjuster on your LX or XT levers. Best of all, no tools needed to adjust anything. Oh, and did I mention you don't take your grips off to install? Or that there is no cheesey pre-formed plastic junk? Simple, effective, light, durable - that gets five white-hot dog poops for overall, and a 4 for value 'cause they're profiteering on this one.

    Expand full review >>

    Favorite Trail:   Ridge 2

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   Speedgoat

    Similar Products Used:   LX and XT levers

    Bike Setup:   Isis, Z1, Thompson Elite, MonkeyLite, Race Face, XTR

    Reviews 1 - 15 (37 Reviews Total) | Next 15

    Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

     

    Contests





       

    MTBR on Facebook