Avid Black Ops Single Digit Ultimate Brake System

4.71/5 (17 Reviews)
Weight : 332 grams


Product Description

Rim Brake: Light weight, solid aluminum billet pivoting on sealed cartridge bearrings. 182 grams

Lever: CNC Aluminum. 150 grams


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Racer from San Antonio

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2006

Strengths:    Smooth, reliable - best of all there is not flex and you know how it's going to perform everytime you use it. Out lasted 1/2 dozen frames - BMX. Raced and practiced everyday. Set it up and forget about it.

Weaknesses:    NONE!!!

Bottom Line:   
There never has been a brake like this, not even Avid's other brakes. Sealed bearing and CNC'd arms are the secret. If you're serious about performance brakes and shun disc for there un-responsiveness, this is the brake system.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Tried them all, there is no comparision.

Bike Setup:   Supercross, Mavics

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by N.B.GAS a Cross Country Rider from LAS VEGAS, NV.

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2005

Strengths:    STRONGEST V BRAKE EVER!..A TRUE WORK OF ART!..AWESOME FEEL!


Weaknesses:    NOT!...NOPE!...NONE!

Bottom Line:   
I HAD SD7s ON MY IBEX. BUT THEY WHERE THE ONLY USED PARTs ON
THE BIKE....ITs TRUE, THE BLING GOT ME!...I HAD TO HAVE UM!

ASIDE FROM THE BLAH-BLAH, IF YOU CAN PART WITH $$$ GET UM!
IT TOOK ME 4mos TO TALK MYSELF INTO IT!...Iam NOT ONE BIT
SORRY,THEY DO HAVE THE BEST STOPPING POWER...MODULATION...
AND LOOKs...

.....LATER.....RIDE-FOREST-RIDE........PEACE..............

.........MADE IN THE U.S.A!....100 CHILLES................

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Favorite Trail:   EMPTY ONES

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   PRICE POINT

Similar Products Used:   XTs.DEORE.TEKTRO QUARTZ.PRO-MAX.NONE OF THEM ARE SIMILAR!
SD7s ARE BAD MUDDERS!...[BLACK OPPs= LORD OF DA BRAKES!]...


Bike Setup:   05'IBEX HT FRAME: MANITOU AXEL 100mm LO TA...SRAM X9 GS&RD,
X-GEN FD,PG-970,PC-99,9.0 LEVERs...RACE-FACE EVOLVE XC CRANK
BB,FLATBAR,STEM,SEATPOST...CANE CREEK AEROHEAT WHEELS,S-2 HEADSET...IRC MYTHOS XC...AVID FLAK-JACKETs...SELLE ITALLIA
TRANs AM XO...OURYs...AZONIC X-TENSIONs...FAST&LITE!.......

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Digitalparrot77 a Cross Country Rider from Warsaw, IN

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2005

Strengths:    Light weight, unmatched stopping power

Weaknesses:    non at this time

Bottom Line:   
Whatever the price is just buy them. This was a major upgrade from the standard Brakes that came with my bike back in'96. They feel great and are extremly responsive to the touch

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Favorite Trail:   Winona Lake Trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Trailhouse

Bike Setup:   Breezer Stom SingleSpeed

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by BRENT WIRUTH a Cross Country Rider from TULSA

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2004

Strengths:    Great looking, excellent breaking power even when wet.

Weaknesses:    i can not get them to stop squealling. i have tried every thing. they are toed in perfectly. tried different pads. the ear pearsing squeal is hard to take. I have been MTB'n for 11 years and have never had a problem until now.

Bottom Line:   
these breaks look great, stop great, very light. some one PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO MAKE THEM STOP SQUEALLING!!!!! i'm sure i have already tried it.

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Favorite Trail:   WOMBLE

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   avid tri-aligns, avid arch supreams.

Bike Setup:   moots rigormootis, fox f80x, XO, King,517's, thompson

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bramy a Weekend Warrior from Vzla

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2004

Strengths:    just amazing!! I had the Shimano XT.. no modulation at all and very hard to stop the bike. They lock the rear wheel all the time and made a horrible squeel. NOW IT'S A VERY DIFFERENT STORY, Black Ops are perfect. Modulation, strength

Weaknesses:    Price

Bottom Line:   
If you are serious about speed and downhills (cross country) and don't want the weight penalty of disc and want the best, just buy them, you wont regret it

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   pedalpower (Vzla)

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT crap, tektro (better than XT)

Bike Setup:   SL, crossmax XL, XT group (except V-brakes, thank God), Thompson, Easton, Fox Float all the way, etc, etc

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider from Sunnyvale, CA

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2003

Strengths:    Brakes come on smooth and predictable, no diving into the rim after first contact.

Weaknesses:    CNC areas hard to clean, so I don't.

Bottom Line:   
I spend too much on my bike, given my abilities. This is the best upgrade/purchase I've made. If you want disc brakes buy them, they work very well. If you don't want to hassle with all that comes with disc but still want the stopping power and smoothness of disc then these are the brakes.

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Favorite Trail:   Ones with dirt and trees

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $210.00

Purchased At:   PricePoint

Similar Products Used:   OEM, XT

Bike Setup:   Klein Attitude Race, XTR drive train, Time ATAC carbon, Thompson seatpost & stem, Dean Ti handlebar, Mavic CrossRide, Marzocchi Z.2 Atom Race

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by RAFI JULIUS a Cross Country Rider from JERUSALEM ISRAEL

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2003

Strengths:    the best rim brake i found, and better than many disk's.
they are light, sexy, amazing stopping power and modulation, simple to clean and adjust.
and the best part is avids costumer service.
are very nice together with xt 8 levers (same mat black).


Weaknesses:    they don't know when to stop by themself, so the riders needs to look ahead.

Bottom Line:   
if you are looking for a realy good product, this is the one.
costumer service is excelent too: broke the little part that hold's the pin that insert's the fork, and avid send me 2 replacment part, fast, no questin's asked.

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Favorite Trail:   WHERE I DON'T GET SHOT BY TERRORIST'S

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   LEVERS IN ISRAEL, BRAKES FROM BIKEMAN

Similar Products Used:   rivel arch, xt, lx, promax, hayase.

Bike Setup:   stp 400, mars elite, crossmax with stan's tubless system, xt-xtr 8 - great bike!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Matthew a Cross Country Rider from Milwaukee

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2003

Strengths:    Easy to set up and adjust, light, stiff as hell.

Weaknesses:    A bit expensive.

Bottom Line:   
Since Avid no longer makes the Arch Supreme, these are now the best rim brakes in existence. They stop better than most disc brakes, and they aren't nearly as complicated. Avid's got great customer service too. When I got the brakes the metal dust caps that covered the cartridge bearings were warped and bent. I sent an email to Avid's warranty department, and received replacements four days later. True, they're not the cheapest brakes in the world, but if you can afford it, they're the best.

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Favorite Trail:   Bonzai

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Wheel & Sprocket

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX, Avid Single Digits.

Bike Setup:   '98 Trek 8000 with lots o' goodies.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dale g a Cross Country Rider from corralitos

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2003

Strengths:    these brakes work very well,lots of power,no slop in any of the parts yet.

Weaknesses:    possibly the price

Bottom Line:   
the best rim brake I have found! Have changed over to avid mech.The best would be to run these in the summer and disk brakes in the winter.

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Favorite Trail:   any single track/any where

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $165.00

Purchased At:   web

Similar Products Used:   xt,xtr,avid sd7

Bike Setup:   spec.m4

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michael a Cross Country Rider from Calabasas, CA

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2002

Strengths:    Fully adjustable levers, stopping power.

Weaknesses:    Cost

Bottom Line:   
As far as stopping power goes, they are a noticable improvment over XTR, but don't expect a night and day
difference. The adjustability of the levers really let's you dial in the exact feel you want. They are the best
non disc brakes out there, but if you require maximum stopping power spend your money on Avid's mechanical
disc in the 180 mm size.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $285.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   XTR

Bike Setup:   Titus Racer X, Full XTR, Black Elite Air Fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Reed Mcintyre a Weekend Warrior from Boulder, Co, usa

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2002

Strengths:    Great stoping power. very light and durable

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
These are asome you need these's. Great for every thing.

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Favorite Trail:   my town

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   My house

Similar Products Used:   xtr brake

Bike Setup:   azonic evolution, new dj3 fork, full 9.0 sram, Rcae face cranks isis bottom bracket, sun ditch witch rims with kenda 2.6 tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by stamd a Racer from Golden, Colorado

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2002

Strengths:    Braking power, modulation, machining, ease of setup

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
The finest rim V-brakes I have used. Pricey though.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   CBO & Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   Single Digit Mags, XTR, XT

Bike Setup:   Ibis Silk ti, Manitou Black Elite Air, Moots seatpost, XTR crank, SRAM XO, CrossMax, Conti tires, Thomson stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by marc weinstein a Cross Country Rider from chappaqua,n.y. usa

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2002

Strengths:    total modulation and infinite set up of every brake variable

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
you get what you need when you need it-as sensitive or as strong as needed.

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Favorite Trail:   graham hills, pleasantville

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   julio's in chappaqua

Similar Products Used:   avid arch supremes

Bike Setup:   ibis silk ti, xtr shifting, crane creek ti team wheels, geax sedona tires, moots ti stem, moots ti laid back seatpost, carbon straight bar,wtb ti seat, marzzochi marathon 80mm 2002

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Nick from Tempe, AZ

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2002

Strengths:    Sexiest v-brake around, hands down, and the levers look so slick they make all other levers look like toys
Light weight and very stiff
The cartridge bearings make a noticeable difference- so play in the brakes or levers, and they operate very very smoothly
Very adjustable, like all of Avid's stuff


Weaknesses:    Hard to justify that price tag. You'd think that when you're paying enough to get a set of hydraulic discs, they could at least use Ti hardware. That much cash should get you everything the world has to offer in a v-brake.

Bottom Line:   
Beautifully crafted, top of the line equipment. The levers have a huge range of leverage adjustability, and also a reach adjust, which is nice. The way they designed the barrel adjusters, they can't possibly slip around on you. (Not that I've ever had that much of a problem with that.) The lever blades are more ergonomical than other Avid's, but it's not that big of a deal. You don't have to remove your grips to take off your levers, which is cool in theory but I can't think of any reason you'd want to do that. I'd say these are great brakes if you love v-brakes and want the best- but the performance difference is not really that drastic over the SD-7's.
Bottom line- the perfect v-brakes, but you pay for what you get.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Avid SD7, SD5, SD2, SD1, Shimano LX and XT, XT discs, Magura HS-33's, Avid mechanical discs, Hayes hydros

Bike Setup:   Trials

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bonker a Cross Country Rider from Texas

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2002

Strengths:    Lightweight
Cartridge bearings
No slop
CNC Machining
It stops your bike


Weaknesses:    Steel hardware

Bottom Line:   
WOW! I can truly say that these things are on par with hydraulic rim brakes. I once had Magura HS33's and the stopping power is almost the same. The sealed bearings make the brakes as smooth as can be. I am using the Ultimates with XTR levers. What a combination. I was stuck between the Avid Ti's, and Paul's Motolite. I'm glad I went with the Ultimates. The brakes are about 180 grams. I'm a weight weenie but I will sacrifice weight for performance in the brake division.
FYI, if you buy them from Pricepoint, don't expect "Retail" packaging. Mine came in ziplock bags with all the stuff. No problems. These are THE v-brakes if it came down to what is the best.

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Favorite Trail:   Bluff Creek Ranch

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   Avid SD Mags

Bike Setup:   Custom spec'd Trek Fuel 100

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