Avid Single Digit Mag Brake System

4.5/5 (54 Reviews)
Weight : 139 g


Product Description

  • Locking Noodle and Overcoate
  • 2.3 mm Linear Spring
  • Internal Sleeve
  • Screw-Type Spring Adjuster
  • Cable Anchor


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jerry from La Verne, Ca USA

    Date Reviewed: December 1, 2005

    Strengths:    Looks, Ease of set-up, stopping power and SUPER LIGHT!

    Weaknesses:    None so far

    Bottom Line:   
    I will admit it. I bought these because the reviews are great but also because they look hot.Yes, I wanted the orange-rust color. Thought they would look good on my bike and they do! I put them on and expected excellent results and they didn't dissapoint. They truely are single digit. They modulate great even with my Shimano levers. Not really thrilled with the Rim Wrangler pads though. They seem to work really well but I've read that they are hard on rims so I will change to Koolstop. But this is on item that really works and is light!These definately get the gighest ratings.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore

    Bike Setup:   Who really cares?

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Alexandre Miranda a Cross Country Rider from Brazil

    Date Reviewed: March 25, 2005

    Strengths:    Good power and adjustments on the fly. I think it is light but never put on a scale.

    Weaknesses:    After 3 years the entire setup have broken.
    Warranty dont replace none.


    Bottom Line:   
    The brakes came with my bike. I'll try avid ti or xtr now (after another break off).

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    Favorite Trail:   perdidas ("lost"), adeus mamae ("goodby mom")

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   Tripp Aventuras

    Similar Products Used:   xt

    Bike Setup:   full xtr minus brakes

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Steve B a Cross Country Rider from Notts, England

    Date Reviewed: January 28, 2004

    Strengths:    Great stopping power, easy set up

    Weaknesses:    Corrosion during winter months due to road salt

    Bottom Line:   
    These brakes are very light and easy to true and maintain. I have run them for nearly three years but every year during the cold seasons they fur up with white salts around the fitting and contact points. When cleaned down, pitting is evident, and once this erosion has started it is difficult to eradicate. Brakes have become so gnarled that I am now concerned about their strength!I have now switched to Avid Single Digit Ti's as the main body is not Magnesium and they are of comparative weight. I have also had similar problems with the Easton MG60 Mag stem!

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    Favorite Trail:   Derbyshire

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   Leisurelakes

    Similar Products Used:   xt,xtr

    Bike Setup:   Scott Team Issue, XTR, Dura-Ace

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Henri von Steen a Racer from South Africa

    Date Reviewed: November 2, 2003

    Strengths:    Very Light!! They weighed in @ 149g. Very good stopping power. Ditched my XTR V-brakes for them. They stoped just as good and is much lighter.

    Weaknesses:    Bushings a bit loose, but it does not affect performance.

    Bottom Line:   
    Very light very good brake system. The best I ever used for X-country.

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    Favorite Trail:   Tsitsikama forests

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Supergo

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano XTR V-brakes

    Bike Setup:   Giant MCM TEAM with ROCK SHOX World Cup 2004 and Mavic SL wheels

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Chillihead a Weekend Warrior from Scotland, Perthshire

    Date Reviewed: June 20, 2003

    Strengths:    Light as you like, no flex, period.

    Weaknesses:    Non

    Bottom Line:   
    The bottom line is that these brakes are faultless, unless the fact that they are no longer made is a failing.

    My main comment here is that the level of customer service offered by Avid is awesome! I thoght that I was lost after crushing one arm of the brakes against a very nasty boulder. I broke my leg in 4 places and.........in 4 different ways.compound, greenstick, communated and spiral! The brakes however suffered one stripped thread on the spring tension adjuster. Tried to get spares in the UK always met with the same comments, contacted Avid, was sent, without asking new screws and adjusters! Hats off to AVID Anyone need replacement parts use their tech guy LonnieT really these guys deserve quality adulation!

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    Favorite Trail:   Glentress (Boundry)

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Similar Products Used:   XT, ugly.

    Bike Setup:   GT Zaskar race

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ruinane a Cross Country Rider from Utah

    Date Reviewed: May 17, 2003

    Strengths:    Stops on a dime. Easy to adjust.

    Weaknesses:    Until I got a front shock to keep my wheel on the ground I was afraid to use my front brake because it was so powerful.

    Bottom Line:   
    Excellent brake. Easily adjustable. Can fine-tune it to rider preferences. Stops you quick. Light.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore cantilever

    Bike Setup:   Stock 1993 Kona Lava Dome, 1988 Marzocchi z2 atom bomb

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by chris a Cross Country Rider from winnipeg

    Date Reviewed: May 9, 2003

    Strengths:    lightweight. consistent, strong stopping power. easy to install.

    Weaknesses:    occasional squeek when wet

    Bottom Line:   
    These brakes rock. I got them new off of ebay. They are easy to install (it took me about half an hour total), and believe me, i'm no technical guru. I immediately noticed a difference over the SD3.0's. They stop on a dime, flex less, and have required no adjustments since putting them on my bike. I highly recommend these brakes. 5 flamin turds all around.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $55.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   SD3.0's

    Bike Setup:   2001specialized m4

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Walter Guan from Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

    Date Reviewed: April 30, 2003

    Strengths:    Power, modulation, weight and to top it of, it looks way COOL!

    Weaknesses:    rear flexes a little

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a damn superb brakeset! Tried my friends XT's and this set of brakes almost doubles its power(now he uses SD Mags)!Beats the power of XTR's. Good price too(65 a pair). Ultra light! Rear brakes not powerful enough(compared to Maguras) but its so much lighter and cheaper so i'm not complaining. Get this(Every one! unless you're planning to go discs), its superior to XTR's(and cheaper).

    FULL FLAMING CHILLIS!

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    Favorite Trail:   Hmm...

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $65.00

    Purchased At:   Bikepro (LBS)

    Similar Products Used:   Tektro

    Bike Setup:   GT Zaskar, SD Mag, XT levers, Judy race with total air, WTB motoraptors...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by d white a Cross Country Rider from CO

    Date Reviewed: December 26, 2002

    Strengths:    stopping power, lightweight

    Weaknesses:    none really. the noodle can rub a little on the arm when used during fork/shock actuation, but not a problem. I just put a clear-coat sticker in the area to guard against future surface abrasion.

    Bottom Line:   
    Have not had any problems with these brakes in nearly two years of riding. They are very strong stoppers and I trust them implicitly. I have two pairs: The copper ones on a Titus Racer-X and the grey ones on a Jamis Komodo. I won't ride anything else.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   mail order

    Similar Products Used:   XT nonsense, first generation Avids.

    Bike Setup:   all kinds of stuff.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Cliff from Nevada

    Date Reviewed: December 11, 2002

    Strengths:    One last followup to previous info. Add a BIG customer service strength

    Weaknesses:    Same

    Bottom Line:   
    Talked to the Avid Tech guy. Outstanding customer service!!!! The info is: Mag out of production for 2 years. Spec on bushing play is 2mm at end of arm (where cable/noodle bracket atchs). Zero play like XTR or Avid Ultimate uses a different (better) bearing setup. You should be able to get the bearing play back to less than 2mm by using a slightly thicker washer available from Avid but have to push out the pressed end cap to install - not a problem using a hex wrench "drift". OK, more flames because of outstanding Avid customeer support and an easy fix to the bushings - And all the previous strengths. Don't know about downhill but a great brake 4 XC riding; using with Avid 2.0L levers and WTB dual compound inserts. Way to go Avid... ride on.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   Supergo

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano

    Bike Setup:   Y bike w/upgrades (M517 XTR, Stylo Team, Bontrager, RFace, SID Race, Cane Creek, etc)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by don a Cross Country Rider from redlands, ca, usa

    Date Reviewed: December 9, 2002

    Strengths:    amazing stopping power, smooth breaking, no squeaks, low maintenance, easy installation

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    i got these brakes slightly used from ebay. i bought the levers brand new off of ebay also (good prices). i highly recommend these breaks for xc riders. i went from center-pull to the avids and the difference of breaking power was tremendous. i had to find other methods to strengthen my grip, 'cause the avids take very little grip stength.

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    Favorite Trail:   santa ana, angelus oaks

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   xt, duke xc

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Cliff a Cross Country Rider from City of Lights

    Date Reviewed: December 8, 2002

    Strengths:    Same as yesterday's posting. This is a followup.

    Weaknesses:    Like before, bushing play

    Bottom Line:   
    This is what the world is anxiously awaiting, brake weights, direct from the USPS lobby digital metering scales, totally unscientific random sample size of 1:

    Avid Mag rear brake, new out of the box, total with pads and hardware (bolts, noodle, overcoat) is 159 grams.

    XTR 951 rear brake, as new/never run, "out of the box", total with pads and hardware is 198 grams.

    (My old OEM generic somethings-worked OK-are 235 g total)

    Ratings still the same even though Mags aren't quite as light as I thought. $89 retail!!! YGBSM. Wonder if there's a way to tighten up those bushings on the SD Mags.... Calling Avid in the morning. By the way, like the guy below said, the instructions are really doggie poo.

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    Favorite Trail:   Blue Diamond

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   Supergone

    Similar Products Used:   STX, XTR 951, generic (alloy)

    Bike Setup:   Trek Y

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Cliff a Cross Country Rider from Las Vegas NV USofA

    Date Reviewed: December 7, 2002

    Strengths:    Lightweight. Looks really good w/magnesium finish, cartridge pads

    Weaknesses:    bushing slop

    Bottom Line:   
    Cool brakes, cart. pads, lightest I've had a chance to try, finish is exceptional. Problem is that the bushings, brand new, ie just installed them, have as much slop/play as the old worn generics that were on the bike. Called Supergo tech and it's unknown to them; so will return to Supergo. Have a new set of rims and don't want to put a "loose" set of calipers against them. I checked out the mtbr of brakes and these rate very high??? Anyone know if maybe Avid started a new assembly line somewhere and they just haven't tightened up the tolerances? Or seconds? Or if these brakes, or all SD except Ultimates are like this and it really isn't a problem? Don't know whether to go back to XTR or try SD-7s. Anyone out there bought a set of SD-7 lately and checked out the bushings for play when installing? Incidently, I pulled the XTR brakes off my other bike and put them on this one just to make sure I wasn't missing something; and NO bushing play at all, completely free pivoting but no front to rear looseness -NADA!!!

    By the way, since I had everything off both bikes on the rear calipers, I weighed the complete setups (including hardware) and the SD Mags are about 60 grams lighter. Weight difference is in the arm assemblies as the hardware (noodles, allen bolts, etc) shows about the same for each brand. Since my scale isn't calibrated for absolute grams, (difference should be good) I'll stop by a calibrated scale tomorrow and post another review if this weight difference is off by much. Where's my weight weenie tranquilizers... Don't seem to have very good luck with Supergo stuff so giving up on them. Firey flamer rating is ok for value since strengths (see above)are there and paid $30 for each brake - great posers; but only 2 fiery chunks for overall as I wouldn't run that loose a setup on a good ride.

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    Favorite Trail:   Single track

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $30.00

    Purchased At:   SUPERGO

    Similar Products Used:   STX, Generics, XTR 951

    Bike Setup:   Trek Y - All overkill upgraded xcept brakes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Roscoe a Weekend Warrior from Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Date Reviewed: November 5, 2002

    Strengths:    Light; great stoppers; look good if that matters to you; stay adjusted and don't ever sqeal.

    Weaknesses:    Maybe a little flexy, but not noticable or detremental to their performance.

    Bottom Line:   
    After two hard years of using these brakes, all I can say about them is awesome. I have recently retired them as I have gone to dics, but they will remain on my other bike, as they are by far the best stoppers in all conditions. They never squealed and had great modulation at the levers (XTs). They work great and if you can find them on sale, pick up a set and enjoy!

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    Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim, Jones Park

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $95.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria Bike

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX (good brakes) and XT (crappy, squealing things) V-Brakes.

    Bike Setup:   Devinci Kingpin; RS Psylo SL; Mavic D521s; XT disc hubs; Tioga Factory DH 2.3s; Easton Scandium bars; Thomson stem and post; TruVativ Hussefelt DH cranks; XT drivetrain; Salsa goodies.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Adam from New York

    Date Reviewed: August 24, 2002

    Strengths:    Light-weight, strong, very low maintenance, beautiful, ridiculously grippy, NO Squeak!!

    Weaknesses:    A little dear, but you get what you pay for...

    Bottom Line:   
    This is truly a benchmark product, and is definitely worth buying if you are willing to spend the money and search for them.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $58.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized brakes, center-pull brakes

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Hard Rock A1 FS, Thomson post, Specialized Pro Saddle, Titec Pork Rinds, Airborne skewers, and of course Avid mag brakes.

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    Avid Single Digit Mag: what's the deal?

    I'm thinking of buying some Avid SD Mags and adding the hardware from my Avid SD Ti's to get some freaking light brakes. Can anyone tell me more about the mags? Do they already come with Ti hardware or is all that weight savings due to the Mg construction? What's the deal with the corrosion? ... Read More »

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