Avid Single Digit 25 Brake System

4.72/5 (43 Reviews)
Weight : 170 g MSRP : $80.00


Product Description

  • Force Vector Alignment
  • Screw Type Spring Adjuster
  • Locking Noodle and Overcoat
  • Rim Wrangler Cartridge Pads


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Boczar Ionut a Weekend Warrior from Galati, GL, Romania

    Date Reviewed: February 22, 2005

    Strengths:    Looks, Stopping power, ease of adjustments and care

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    I like this brakes a lot there are very good looking and easy to install and adjust. I recommend this brakes to everyone ho's looking to get the maximum for brking performance

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $20.00

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano's

    Bike Setup:   Wheeler 1800ZX Mavic Oxygene whit IRC mythos XC tires,...

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Marcus Hesse a Weekend Warrior from Durham, NC USA

    Date Reviewed: May 11, 2003

    Strengths:    Very simple design, very light. Looks good.

    Weaknesses:    I'm not a fan of cartridge pads, so after losing the actuall pads on trails and having to be careful back to the car a couple times, I've replaced them with full shoe pads. These also have lots of play in them, and because of thier design, they are unable to be taken apart to have a washer put in to fix the play. Also, since you cant take them apart, whatever dirt gets in them, stays. Thus giving you a rougher braking feel.

    Bottom Line:   
    These are super awesome brakes except for the play, I usually worry on hard downhills about the play becomming larger and breakage occuring, but other than that they are good brakes.

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    Favorite Trail:   Any singletrack with up/downhill

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Came on 99 Stumpy'

    Similar Products Used:   Many other V-Brakes


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Alejo Catalejo a Weekend Warrior from Gaüses,Catalunya

    Date Reviewed: February 24, 2003

    Strengths:    It does what it has to, works better than it looks.Very Simple and minimal design.
    Cartridge pads let you forget about adjustment when replacing them.


    Weaknesses:    Got some play on the pivots, looks worst than it works.

    Bottom Line:   
    Very good.Xtr level stopping power.
    Wandering how they would feel without that play on the pivots, though.That´s a cheap feel...
    Ocasionally knocked out the pads when taking off the front wheel..however I must say the clearance problem comes from the narrow Mars cl fork.
    These were around top of the Avid catalogue when I got them and they deserved it. Actually were recomended before XT or even XTR....but I must sadly take 1 chilly off for the play..

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Dia Compe/v, Lx-v,XTR/v, tryed some disks

    Bike Setup:   Avid SD 2.0sl levers, Shimano Wheels(non ceramic rim), Mars CL fork and steel Specialized/Ritchey frame.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Tony a Weekend Warrior from Earth

    Date Reviewed: November 30, 2002

    Strengths:    Stopping power
    very few moving parts


    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    If you had two different brands of brakes that performed exactly the same but one of them had less moving parts and therefore had less chance of breakage, which would you choose? This is the case of Avids versus Shimano. I've got Shimano XT straight across the board except for the brakes. The Avids have a much simpler design and work just as good - if not better - than the XT's. Shimano makes awesome components, but I believe they've over-designed their brakes.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   XT, LX

    Bike Setup:   Yeti A.R.C.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Adzlan Arif a Downhiller from Malaysia

    Date Reviewed: May 26, 2002

    Strengths:    good breaking strengh....doesn't flex much...reliable even with any brake pads or any conditions....

    Weaknesses:    sometimes it makes that loud screaming sound but it'll be gone in a moment.....

    Bottom Line:   
    a goo and safe brake set....get one...you wouldn't be sorry....

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    Favorite Trail:   bumpy with lots of sharp turns

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   a friend

    Similar Products Used:   deore

    Bike Setup:   downhill

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Liamski Pogi a Weekend Warrior from Davao

    Date Reviewed: January 14, 2002

    Strengths:    breaking power, breaking power, breaking power. no arm flex, easy setup, easy adjustment because it uses hex bolt instead of philips scews, doesn't scream like a wounded pig

    Weaknesses:    little bit of play, hard to find in our area its been almost 2 years been trying to find avid v's before i finally got it

    Bottom Line:   
    just installed my new avid 25 (though its not in the production) very big difference compared to xt and deore. i can stop with 1 finger really, very less flex, and its cheap.. deore doesn't screech but its very flexy but it has a descent stopping power. compared to xt, xt doesn't have enough stopping power for my taste and it screams, design is not simple, means plenty can go wrong if you screw it up. bottom line buy this definetely if you can still find one. if you find more than one buy them all!

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    Favorite Trail:   somewhere down the offroad

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $22.00

    Purchased At:   lbs

    Similar Products Used:   deore, xt

    Bike Setup:   mix of lx, xt, stx groupos, old gt 3 triangle zaskar frame

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by sky GTR a Weekend Warrior from Hong Kong

    Date Reviewed: December 5, 2001

    Strengths:    strong braking power

    Weaknesses:    i had no money to change to avid levers so i m stuck with my old LX ones and it's so sensitive

    Bottom Line:   
    great brakes
    i love them
    they can stop but they still squeal very little on my bike
    i replaced these because my friend recommended me to so i did but i didnt have enough money for avid levers so i m still using my old LX ones...that made the brake way too sensitive...a single touch will lock the tire

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    Favorite Trail:   construction sites

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   someplace local

    Similar Products Used:   shimano atlus cantilever, coda cantilever <--came with bike

    Bike Setup:   1998 cannondale super v-1000 with busted shocks and a tire that scratches the frame

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Carl a Cross Country Rider from Durango, CO

    Date Reviewed: October 18, 2001

    Strengths:    light, strong, squealing go bye bye, nice curves!

    Weaknesses:    nill

    Bottom Line:   
    They stop me with authority, though that's not too hard as I only weight 140. But they do a better job than the LX's I had before, and they do it quietly (I've never even toed them in). I bought the brakes as a set with the SD 2.0L levers, and that combination is purely adjustabile stopping bliss, if slowing down is your thing...

    The rim wrangler cartridge pads are pretty nice too, and they're really easy to change. The pads are made by Kool Stop for Avid I think, and they seem to leave some black residue on my rims. Cleaning up my rims every now and again is a small price to pay for such assured stopping power though.

    You might find better brakes, but I'd be willing to bet that they'll weigh and cost a bit more.

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    Favorite Trail:   some crazy trail I rode in a dream the other night

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   price point

    Similar Products Used:   shimano lx vees

    Bike Setup:   Trek Y-11, cane creek ad-10, atom bomb

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Taras a Cross Country Rider from Kyiv, Ukraine

    Date Reviewed: August 22, 2001

    Strengths:    No sqeaking, excellent stopping power, superior brake pads, easy to adjust.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    These brakes along with Avid SD 2.0 levers are just the brakes you expect the best brake to be. These are simple, easy to adjust, cheap, have excellent stopping power... Buy these, you won't regret it. They give you more modulation than magura rim hydraulics.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore, XT vees and Magura HS33 hydraulics.

    Bike Setup:   LX/XT/Manitou Magnum R/Race Face/Ritchey/Michelin/Avid SD 25 vees

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Alex a Racer from East Greenbush, NY

    Date Reviewed: August 8, 2001

    Strengths:    Good, solid, dependable braking. Light.

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    My bike originally came with Diatech disk brakes. They didn't work, wouldn't release, and sqeeled like banshees all the time. I replaced them with the Avid V's and I now have more breaking power then I did with the disks. Plus, except for the first two days of breaking them in, they are silent. Ride through a stream, still silent. Ride through mud, silent. You don't know that they're there, until you go to stop, and stop you do. Great for XC riding/racing.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Bike Setup:   2000 Diamondback Zetec Comp, Avid 2.5 V brakes with SD 1.9L levers.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Avidfan a Cross Country Rider from San Francisco, CA, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 14, 2001

    Strengths:    * Easy to install
    * Simple & Troublefree design
    * NO SQUEAKING!


    Weaknesses:    None so far

    Bottom Line:   
    These brakes are excellent! As a last ditch effort to resolve the irritating squeaking on the frontend caused by the Shimano Deore XT V brakes, I replaced them with the Avid 25's. What a difference. First, I was pleased with how easy it was to install the brakes and adjust the pads. Second, I was impressed with the simple, yet effective design. Not as many moving parts as the Shimano XT's. Finally, I noticed immmediately after installation that the squeaking was gone. Not a little, but ALL OF IT. If you have Shimano Deore XT's on the front fork, replace them with the Avids. You will not be disappointed.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT V Brakes

    Bike Setup:   Klein Mantra Race

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jeremy a Cross Country Rider from Terrace, BC, Canada

    Date Reviewed: July 11, 2001

    Strengths:    amazing power, cool looks, light weight

    Weaknesses:    If you love upgrading, it will be hard to upgrade these!

    Bottom Line:   
    Avid brakes are the best! If you ride these brakes with the Avid Speed Dial levers, then you will be riding awesome brakes. Anyone who has enough money to purchase any Avid brake should. Pretty much, anyone who uses V-brakes, should be riding Avids. Anyone who does downhill, should ride disc brakes. Once you try them, you will know what a brake is supposed to feel like.

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    Favorite Trail:   Terrace Mountain

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   McBike

    Similar Products Used:   Really crapy Koski Brakes (If you own Koski V-brakes, throw them away!)

    Bike Setup:   LX complete Kona AA with XT rear derailleur set up for freeride. Some Race Face, Marzocchi Z1 D.O. fork.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Infuionathan from WNC

    Date Reviewed: July 1, 2001

    Strengths:    Simple, fairly light-weight, good pads, cool looks, great modulation, they stop you as fast as you want.

    Weaknesses:    est nihil.

    Bottom Line:   
    These brakes are awesome. They beat the heck out of XTR, they cost a lot less, and they are lower mantenance. My bike had XTR brakes and levers when I purchased it. I'd heard bad things about bushing wear with XTR, and I didn't really like the way they felt, so I sold the set (brakes and levers) to a friend. It was the right move. The Avid's modulate better (might be due to the equally awesome 1.9L Speed Dial levers), have higher peak power, and give you a much better feel for when they are going to lock up. They even weigh less than XTR! The pad compound is far superior, and you don't have all that linkage to clean out and finally replace.

    The final analysis: The only reasons not to buy these brakes are that you are weight weenie (get the SD mags or ti), or a poser who needs XTR to bolster his act!

    A product that truly deserves 10 flaming turds all around!

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   Supergo

    Similar Products Used:   XTR V-brakes, friend's XT V-brakes, STX-RC canti's

    Bike Setup:   Infusion M-X-X Pro, Z2, 7 speed drivetrain with XTR rear derailler, XT front, LX cranks, XT bb, SunRingle ZuZu pedals. Pulstar hubs with RhynoLite XL rear rim, Ritchey Vantage comp front. Full Bontrager Race cockpit (stem, bar, barends) with Avid 1.9L levers and Sachs PowerGrip Wavey shifters, ControlTech seatpost. And of course, it has Avid SD25 brakes.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Matt H a Cross Country Rider from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth

    Date Reviewed: June 7, 2001

    Strengths:    stiff. powerful, good looking, no squealing

    Weaknesses:    none yet

    Bottom Line:   
    I got these on ebay after a mud race ate my brakes pads. I wanted new brakearms anyways. I had heard that avids were good brakes and upgrades are nice on a bike that didn't come with a ton of bells and whistles. I put these on and immediately could tell the difference. almost too good these brakes are. Once you get the modulation dialed in with your levers these are among the most effective v-type brakes you'll ever use. they WILL help you improve you techincal riding skills. shorter braking distance=faster average speeds. simple. light too. another added bonus is the grey/silver ones look really trick.
    some people say that the pad get knocked out of place when removing/installing wheels. these people must be using 2.75" tires or something. there is plenty of clearance. this should not be an issue unless you can't tied your own shoes.
    peace and grease.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   ebay auction

    Similar Products Used:   stock tektro crap

    Bike Setup:   Fisher KaiTai '00, Sid XC, XT drivetrain. I love TIME pedals

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Paul Rosenfeld a Cross Country Rider from Walnut Creek, CA USA

    Date Reviewed: May 27, 2001

    Strengths:    Excellent modulation
    Lasts forever
    Completely trouble free


    Weaknesses:    Tend to fade when wet and gritty

    Bottom Line:   
    These brakes replaced the Avid 1D 20s on my bike, which replaced the XT V-brakes, which replaced the Cannondale Force 40 cam action brakes that came spec. The Force 40 were trash. The XTs screamed like all the lost souls in hell on my Fatty fork. The 1D 20s modulated poorly, tending to be either "on" or "off." These couldn't be better. I installed them in mere minutes and haven't touched them since. No maintenance at all. The bike stops instantaneously. No questions asked. I can't recommend these highly enough.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   CBO

    Similar Products Used:   XT V-brakes, Coda cantis, Avid 1D 20s

    Bike Setup:   1995 Cannondale F700

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