Avid Arch Supreme Brake System

4.7/5 (100 Reviews)
Weight : 192 g MSRP : $120.00


Product Description

  • Accu-Push™ Technology - Pivoting arch moves pads so they maintain an ideal plane with the rim. The oversized, widely spaced pivots put minimal loads on the bushings. Pivot wear and slop is greatly reduced, enhancing brake efficiency.
  • Force Vector Alignment™ -
  • Lateral Float System
  • Speed Dial Centering
  • Sealed Cartridge Bearings
  • Rim Wrangler™ Cartridge Brake Pads


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Louie a Cross Country Rider from USA

    Date Reviewed: May 25, 2009

    Strengths:    Low weight, massive stopping power, easy setup and centering, Super high quality, looks great.

    Weaknesses:    Rim eater if you are heavy on the brakes...

    Bottom Line:   
    The best V-brake i have ever used or seen. Fantastic Modulation especially when paired with Avid Ultimate levers. Probably the finest V-brake ever produced!

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    Favorite Trail:   Coed Y Brenin & Perry Wood

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   ChelmerCycles, Chelm

    Similar Products Used:   XTR (close but were not as good)

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale CAAD 4 frame,Ultra Fatty, 9 Speed XTR F&R derailers, XTR Shifters, XTR Full titanium rear cluster 12T - 34T, CODA TX2 cranks 29/44, Ultegra BB, Mavic Crossmax ceramic, Avid Ultimate brake levers, Easton CT-2 Carbon Fiber Bar, Thompson Elite seat post and XTR SPD's.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by ez054098 a Cross Country Rider from South Bay

    Date Reviewed: April 5, 2009

    Strengths:    Powerful stopping power. Better than most disc brakes. Great looks to boot.

    Weaknesses:    None that I can think of.

    Bottom Line:   
    I really miss the days of rim brakes. Disc brakes have zero sole. These are the most powerful rim brakes I have ever had.

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    Favorite Trail:   LG

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $150.00

    Purchased At:   So long ago I don't

    Similar Products Used:   XTR V-brake

    Bike Setup:   1993 Klein Attitude

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from Nor Cal

    Date Reviewed: September 25, 2005

    Strengths:    real easy to set up, centering the pads is a cake, looks cool, very light.

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    This system works like a charm, I dont have to mingle with both sides of brakes to adjust it to center, I just loosen that little screw adjust then ride.... this is the best looking brakes in my opinion./ Levers are cool as-well bought these in sets.

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    Favorite Trail:   where there is dirt

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $120.00

    Purchased At:   craigslist

    Similar Products Used:   ultimates,xtr's


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Kyle Hewitt a Weekend Warrior from Manchester, England

    Date Reviewed: April 5, 2004

    Strengths:    Power, Modulation, Reliability

    Weaknesses:    The fact they are a 'cable brake'

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought these off Mark at Leisure Lakes as a customer had them taken off a Cannondale Carbon full suss thingy. I paid £50 for front and rears.
    They have been on the rear of my Santa Cruz Chameleon now for about 5 years now as the disc brake adaptor is a poor design and anyway with brakes this powerfull who needs disc's. The rear brake is as powerfull as a Hope Mini front hydraulic.

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    Favorite Trail:   Hardsough (edenfield)

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Leisure Lakes

    Similar Products Used:   XT V's, XTR V's, Hope 4 pots and Mini's, Hayes Mags 8"

    Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Chameleon dirt jump/DH/hard XC/everything bike

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Greg a Cross Country Rider from Maountain View, CA

    Date Reviewed: June 17, 2003

    Strengths:    All of the wonderful things said below.

    Weaknesses:    Eats throught rims like I wish I had Disc Brakes.

    Bottom Line:   
    As a review of longtime use and abuse. They are built in a fashion that precludes ever needing to replace them. This brake taught me how to build wheels. I have never seen a set of rim brakes destroy rims like these do. My first season claimes a Sun Rhino-Lite. Season two and a half claimed a 517 and now in Season 4 I am halfway through my second 517. I bought a Park PS-2 so I could save the cost of having whels built all of the time. Overall, maybe its cheaper to run disc but I can't do rear disc on this fram without considerable upgread.

    Bottom line, great product, bad timing!

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    Favorite Trail:   All of them

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $110.00

    Purchased At:   off the web

    Similar Products Used:   V-Brakes

    Bike Setup:   98 Ellsworth Truth, White Bros. SC-92, Hayes hydraulic in front, Arch Supreme in rear. Chris King hubs and Headset, Race Face / XTR / XT Drive train.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Erik van Lier a Cross Country Rider from Driebergen

    Date Reviewed: June 3, 2002

    Strengths:    Brake power

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    I do not need to say more about the brakes, ´nuff said about it I think.
    Let´s talk about service. While I cleaned the brake levers, I lost one bearing ring (washer). In the mess on the floor I couldn´t find it again, so I gave a ring to Avid, no problemo Sir, we will send it to you. That´s what I mean SERVICE. Thnx to DAN from Avid. BTW, I live in The Netherlands, but it seems to be no prblem for the AVID guys.
    Thnx again!

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Deore, LX, XT, XTR V brakes

    Bike Setup:   Merida MATTS, XT, Judy SL

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Eric a Cross Country Rider from Laguna Beach, CA, USA

    Date Reviewed: November 16, 2001

    Strengths:    Light weight, ease of setup.

    Weaknesses:    Pricy, get a spare set of pads because most bike shops don't stock them.

    Bottom Line:   
    Awesome stopping power, at least as good as XTR. Great adjustability when used in conjunction with Speed Dial Ultimate L levers. They look great.

    Highly recommended to anyone who has a good amount of disposable income and likes to have their bike not be spec'd like everyone elses.

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    Favorite Trail:   Rock Creek near Mammoth

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $125.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   XTR, Magura Hydraulic rim brakes

    Bike Setup:   Mountain Cycle Mojo w/Manitou Mars C, Mavic Crossmax, XTR.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jeff M a Weekend Warrior from Lincoln, NE USA

    Date Reviewed: September 22, 2001

    Strengths:    These are "The" brakes" It's a real shame that Avid discontinued them because everyone that used them seemed to feel the same way as I do. Go Figure?

    Weaknesses:    The plastic retainer for the tension spring is subject to breaking renedering the brake totally useless. Avid was "kinda" wonderful in that they sent me out some replacements, however I really don't trust a piece of plastic to hold up over time to insure that my brakes work, so I have had a set made out of stainless steel (avid should offer these as an upgrade)also be careful if you do use the plastic-they push on over the bolt, they DO NOT thread!

    Bottom Line:   
    Toooooo Bad for anyone wanting these brakes, as I have heard that they are totally unavailable. Drop Avid a email and tell them they need to re-introduce them. There is simply not a better brake available anywhere.

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    Favorite Trail:   Marin County

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $125.00

    Purchased At:   Can't Remember

    Similar Products Used:   WTB, Shimano

    Bike Setup:   Seven Teres, XTR, King h/s

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dave Groff a Racer from San Diego CA

    Date Reviewed: September 4, 2001

    Strengths:    Super easy installation. No tools necessary on the trail. Great stopping power

    Weaknesses:    No spring adjustment

    Bottom Line:   
    I finally found a set!!! These brakes are definitely worth getting if you can afford and find a pair. Avid should go back into production on these. Who needs discs?

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    Favorite Trail:   I'll never tell

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   Bike Empire

    Similar Products Used:   2001 Avid Arch, XTR

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale F2000 frame, ChrisKing/Mavic 517, Race Face, Giro Nisene Saddle

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from Avon Lake, OH USA

    Date Reviewed: August 12, 2001

    Strengths:    design, tolerances, ease of adjustability, looks

    Weaknesses:    unavailability

    Bottom Line:   
    These are awesome! stopped on hills that had the Mags still rolling. Setup with Salsa booster upfront and DKG in back, beautiful setup!! search for them and buy them!!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $290.00

    Purchased At:   E-bay

    Similar Products Used:   Avid single digit Mag and SD 5

    Bike Setup:   00 M2 Stumpjumper Pro - various quality upgrades, this was the last piece of the puzzle! Yeah right!

    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:    Lightness, Stiffnes, Adjustable center-line, All-around stopping power

    Weaknesses:    None so far

    Bottom Line:   
    These brakes will stop you on a dime. They are light and stiff, easy to set up and ajust, possibly the best rim brake on the market.

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    Favorite Trail:   Brail Trail

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   Avid Tri-Align II

    Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight, custom built

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Adam a Cross Country Rider from ATL

    Date Reviewed: July 29, 2001

    Strengths:    -Incredibly strong
    -Make me feel warm inside to know i wont die on a short stop
    -light, especially for the "disc-like" feel they have`


    Weaknesses:    Theyre a little expensive, but if you dont like the price...dont buy them, its not hard to figure out.Dont complain about the price, just dont buy em. THEY'RE WORTH THE ADDED MONEY FOR THE INCREASED POWER

    Bottom Line:   
    They're expensive, but they're worth it for the added power. They look bad-ass, the power is awesome, they're light and they will stop you when you need it most.

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    Favorite Trail:   Tsali

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $210.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria Bike

    Similar Products Used:   Avid SD 5, Avid Arch Rival 50


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Erik a Cross Country Rider from San Diego

    Date Reviewed: July 24, 2001

    Strengths:    Braking performance, ease of installation and set up, quality of construction, exclusivity

    Weaknesses:    causes bike shop geeks to drool

    Bottom Line:   
    Who needs disc brakes when you can ride these amazing, lightweight stoppers. Built like jewelry, easy to set up, perfect modulation, just incredible!

    Does Avid still make these? Get them while you can, because you gotta think the market for high-end rim brakes is ending.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $99.00

    Purchased At:   Pricepoint


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by anon. from Europe

    Date Reviewed: July 19, 2001

    Strengths:    look like a design exercise, work like a rotweiler clamped to your wheel.

    Weaknesses:    they're too powerful for the bike I use them on, plus if you bought them full whack, you're hurting.

    Bottom Line:   
    These look awesome, and for that reason alone I got them. They are hugely powerful, so much so, I can't really feel when they hit the rim on my cyclocrosser - so I guess it's not the best use for them. It's all about the looks, and these puppies have it.

    On a more practical note, they're simple to set up, don't squeal, and have bags of stopping power. Buy them with the Ultimate levers and you can adjust the cable pull etc and complete the pimp package.

    If you love biking - invest in your passion. Lay down whoever much it costs and enjoy!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   work for bike manufacturer

    Similar Products Used:   XTR/XT/Hope/CODA/Avid Mechanical.

    Bike Setup:   Cyclocrosser with 105 levers.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Simon Molyneux from Southampton, England

    Date Reviewed: May 5, 2001

    Strengths:    Light weight
    Stiff
    Excellent modulation
    Fantastic braking performance
    Durability
    Just take a look !


    Weaknesses:    Poor mud clearance
    Price
    They've stopped making them


    Bottom Line:   
    Married to ESP 9.0 SL levers and Goretex cables these are the bees leg joints.Superb braking performance although I would recommend a change to Shi*mano ceramic pads for use with Crossmax etc. No wear at all in the parallel push bit and the bearings are still running smooth. I run Hope C2's on my old Explosif and there is very little between the two systems apart from 1lb in weight!I haven't got the mud Arch so I would knock them down 1/2 a chili for mud clearance but they work SO well I'll put them up 1/2 a chili for performance. Really rather good. And shiny. Definitely a must have for serious racer bike tarts like myself.

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    Favorite Trail:   Doethie Valley

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   GA Cycles,Southampton

    Similar Products Used:   Shi*mano LX,XT,XTR c/w earplugs

    Bike Setup:   Kona King Kahuna - you'll guess the rest

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