Avid Rim Wrangler 2 Cartridge Brake Pad

2.07/5 (15 Reviews)
Weight : 36 grams per pair MSRP : $11.98


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Product Description

Ruthless pads formulated for extreme grip. Cartridge style slip-in design makesThem easyTo replace. Black compound for all conditions; green compound specially designed for ceramic rims.


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Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by pedalitup a Cross Country Rider from Oregon

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2010

Strengths:    They're difficult to remove from the holder so I can throw 'em out.

Weaknesses:    As previously noted, these pads greatly contribute to premature rim wear. Almost immediatly they remove chunks of metal from the machined surface. The embedded metal particles WILL grind your rim to smithereens wet or dry.

Bottom Line:   
SD-7 calipers are best for the money and close to the absolute best linear pulls ever made.

RIM STRANGLER pads are the absolute worst thing you can grind your rims with. . .

Who the heck at Avid reads these reviews and fails to change this?

Go figure?

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Favorite Trail:   all uphill with these pads

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   came with brakes, le

Similar Products Used:   Kool stops. never a problem with any of the various colors.

Bike Setup:   these things arent worthy of a kiddie bike so I wont bother with details of the rim damage I've seen from them.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Butcher67 a Racer from Fort Collins, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2009

Strengths:    Excellent stopping power, No Noise

Weaknesses:    No bling factor.

Bottom Line:   
I see a lot of negative reviews on these but for my set up they have proved to be the best set up.

These just work without the noise. The logics seemed to loose some power compared to the Avids WR2 but at least they too were quite. I tried teh Cool Stop MTB Salmon pads and although they stop better than anything they also have an tendency to squeal, especially on a dry hot day with an extended period of decending. Same with the Thin line red but to a lesser extent than the Salmons.

The Avids don't seem to be as sticky as the cool stops but I never got the squealing issue with the Avids. When I first got my SD7's with the WR2 pads I remember thinking they worked about as good as the XTR Hydro Discs (when dry)on one of my other rides.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey Logic, Cool Stop MTB Salmon, Cool Stop thin line red.

Bike Setup:   Two bikes, both rigid hard tails, One w/ Avid Ultimates and one with SD7's. Mavic 819 rims.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Nate a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2008

Strengths:    appear to stop OK

Weaknesses:    deafening noise emitted when used

Bottom Line:   
Cannot be used after 7pm due to noise restrictions.

The pads emit insane amounts of squeal on my rims. Changed & put on some toe out & were bearable for 2 stops, then back to insane levels.

I've used 5 or so other compounds from other manufacturers & nothing like this has happened before.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   Stock 2k7 Giant Boulder

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Armchair Spaceman a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne VIC Australia

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2008

Strengths:    Not as bad as stock shimano pads. Stop moderately OK (not as bad as shimano pads).

Weaknesses:    "Rim Wrangler"??? is this a typo? Should be "Rim Mangler".

Bottom Line:   
Came stock with a set of Avid SD7s - brilliant caliper, crap pad. After 1 wet and 1 dry ride on a sandy trail I had to take the emery paper to my brand new rims and pick out little shards of rim from the pads. Swapped out for kool stops and now all is right with the world.

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Favorite Trail:   wherever

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT & LX, Kool Stop, Clarke

Bike Setup:   29er frankenbike

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Grant a Cross Country Rider from Hamilton, ON

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2007

Strengths:    Solid, Lightweight

Weaknesses:    the stock DINA pads are horrible, unless you love squeal!!

Bottom Line:   
I spent a couple hours trying to set-up these pads. Initially set-up with no toe, then with toe, squeeled like crazy regardless. I don't understand why avid would ship these pads with the avid black-ops ultimates. IMO these pads are crap. Replaced the pads with some kool-stops inserts and the squeal disappeared!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Koolstop, jagwire

Bike Setup:   Kona Hot, xtr, thomson, avid ultimates

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Luke a Cross Country Rider from Baltimore

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2004

Strengths:    haha

Weaknesses:    They scratched my brand new freaking rim.

Bottom Line:   
These things SUCK. They didnt work any better then the aztec pads i had on my old bike, even though they were on my SD SL's. They felt no better then the old bike(which should not be the case, as the old bike as a middle of the road schwinn that i bought like 5 years ago).
I took the off after 2 rides, and one ride was a flat rails to trails trail with almost no braking. But they still managed to mess up my rim a bit DUE TO THE PEICE OF STINKING METAL IN THE PAD!!!!!! If you get avid SD's change the pad before you ride. The braking preformance of you brakes will suffer(your brakes are only as good as your pad, and these pads just dont hack it), and possibly your rim too. I actually just put some schimano pads in, and in the little(like a trip across my basment) they felt better and no horible noise. If i could give these no chilis or less i would.

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Favorite Trail:   Loch Raven

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   first cartrage style pad

Bike Setup:   GT backwoods ENOized to SS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tony p a Weekend Warrior from grafton, MA

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2004

Strengths:    great grip - no fatigue

Weaknesses:    wears fast

Bottom Line:   
the pads are easy to replace -cartridges make a world of difference ;-) i probably put close to 2000 miles on one set of pads before i had to replace em. it's easy to tell when to replace though- you have jack for brake modulation.. it's either locked or not helping much at all when they are worn out. untill they wear out they are awesome. pads are cheap anyways so who cares if they wear fast

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Favorite Trail:   vietanm

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   lots

Bike Setup:   01 GT avalanche 2.0 (these pads are on an SD 7)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob Campbell a Cross Country Rider from Eastpetersburg PA USA

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2003

Strengths:    stops quickly, easy to put on, does not squeek

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
great break pad for the money if you are looking for great stopping power

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Favorite Trail:   All Of Them

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   original shimano pads

Bike Setup:   Pretty much stock Trek 4900

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Berkeley, CA

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2003

Strengths:    Better than Shimano LX

Weaknesses:    friction/stopping power

Bottom Line:   
I've been using these on the rear for a long time, and they stopped just fine. But recently I discovered that my WTB Dual Compound (you know, with the "cleaning" orange edge) were scraping away my rim sidewalls like sandpaper, so I put these on. Not a good switch. I'll bet my stopping distance increased by a third.

I just bought two pair of WTB Razor Blade standard pads. Based on past experience, I'll bet they work a lot better. If you buy a pair of Avid brakes, immediately switch out the pads.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   LX, Rim Wrangler 1s, WTB Dual Compound

Bike Setup:   Avid Arch Rival brakes, Salsa aluminum brake booster on front

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Who Cares from Boston

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2003

Strengths:    Looks cool.

Weaknesses:    Not very impressive in the performance department. Almost got hit by a truck cruising downtown because these damn things won't stop the bike at an intersection. My fault for not tossing these out sooner.

Bottom Line:   
I wasted $8+ shipping on these damn things.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $8.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Nothing this bad.

Bike Setup:   My poor Uzzi SL, almost got slam by a pickup.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Rob N. a Cross Country Rider from Des moines, IA

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2003

Strengths:    They worked great for about 10 mins while i was riding in my driveway

Weaknesses:    They suck, my back wheel locks up and skids all the time and the front has no modulation

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy these, they suck. I'm replacing mine right now.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Came stock on Stumpjumper

Similar Products Used:   Tektro stock pads


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Palo Alto, CA

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2003

Bottom Line:   
These pads heat very quickly and then become overly sticky and unpredictable. On the front this means extremely poor modulation. On the back, the wheel locks unpredictably on hard or high speed braking. The pads were about 3/4 gone after one ride. The brake locking along with just a little bad luck with a car coming the other way could have killed us. These pads are history!!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   LX, XTR, Ritchey Blue, Ritchey Black

Bike Setup:   Santana tandem w/ Avid SD ultimate brakes and mavic T217 rims, Riders + bike weight 330 Lb

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Tony a Cross Country Rider from Lafayette,La.

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2003

Strengths:    Ok for street use.

Weaknesses:    Fail in wet/muddy conditions. Over heat quickly in hard use. Removed pads and found bits of aluminum inbedded deeply in the pads,scored the rim. These pads have no bussiness being on a mtn. bike...

Bottom Line:   
Toss these asap go with the salmon colered Koolstops or WTB razor blades..

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Nothing I ever used sucked as much as these pads.

Bike Setup:   Stumpjumper fsr

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by bird a Cross Country Rider from nc

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2003

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    aside from being totally useless,none

Bottom Line:   
this tripe came with my avid 7s when i upgraded.i asked the wrench to put my koolstops back on but the buzzard said he couldnt force himself since the wranglers were supposed to be plush high end stuff.they desinigrated (sp?) in less than one hour in mud and snow.if you look up the term "mountain bike" in the dictionary it says something to the effect of bicycle designed for all terrain all WEATHER use.somebody didnt get the word.lets review :no stopping power,sandblasts rims,disolves in water. totally unsat.dont deserve even 1 inflamed bung hole.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   koolstop

Bike Setup:   fuel 90

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Kirksville, Missouri USA

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2002

Strengths:    good stopping power for lighter riders

Weaknesses:    wear down FAST with heavy riders, don't stop well after being covered in gravel dust

Bottom Line:   
good pads for light weight riders, but kool-stop eagle 2 threaded pads are much better for riders over 200 lbs

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   bikesource.com

Similar Products Used:   shimano M system, generics, kool-stop eagle 2

Bike Setup:   Bridgestone MB-6 alivio/schwinn/avid/mongoose parts

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