Avid Arch Rival 40 Brake System

Avid Arch Rival 40 Brake System 

DESCRIPTION

  • Accu-Push Technology
  • Forced Vector Alignment
  • Locking Noodle & Overcoat
  • Cable Anchor

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Jan 20, 2004]
    Christian Uy
    Cross Country Rider

    Strength:

    Easy to install, lightweight and a hard stopper

    Weakness:

    brake pads easily worn out

    Great stopping power for an affordable price and stricking looks to

    Similar Products Used:

    none

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Mar 10, 2004]
    Buffy Ramos
    Weekend Warrior

    Strength:

    Powerful braking and very good modulation of paired with Avid speed dial levers. Shimano levers worked thou, most levers compatible. Color and style, they know they are Avids

    Weakness:

    The 2 adjustmnet bolts on the side broke on me during routine cleaning and maintenance. left bolt , broke right on the allen screw crown. Right bolt, poped out while installing the front wheel. Loose threaded bolts. Tried placing some teflon pipe tape to fix the job. Still pops off.

    Excellent brake for the power and the price. How can you go wrong. light enough for xc use, but strong for the trail and technical courses. 5 chills for the archrivals.
    BUT Wait!!!!2 chill for durability om stuck with a problem of getting an archrival for the frontbecause of those soft allen bolt adjusters that broke on me. 1 missing bolt head(no adjustment there) and one loose threaded bolt( no bolt there) . Probably , 2 + years is a long time for these brakes, maybe time (bad Timing) has come for me to replace these . So averege of 3 for them. exceptional but hate it when things brake to fast.

    Similar Products Used:

    Avid disc( the best) Shimano deore disc ( crap),deore hydro(under rated) shimano V-(alivio, acera, deore, lx, xt, xtr)

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    [Feb 19, 2003]
    Joshua
    Weekend Warrior

    Strength:

    inexpensive - great stopping power - fairly light - easy to install

    Weakness:

    none that I can see...

    Great - inexpensive rim brake... read the reviews these things rock...

    Similar Products Used:

    Single Digits

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Sep 20, 2001]
    Tim
    Cross Country Rider

    Strength:

    Stopping Power, looks, easy to setup, always perform perfect.

    Weakness:

    I noticed play developing in the front at the linear pivot point, more then I think should be there, but because of the way its used and the way the wheel pulls at the brakes it could be normal wear. I fixed it with some really fine washers.

    Awesome Brakes. I wouldn't dream of changing them to anything but a newer pair of avids.. stopping power is as strong as anything could be!!

    Similar Products Used:

    just the other crappy brakes.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Mar 15, 2001]
    ALVO
    Cross Country Rider

    Strength:

    Among the most Powerful stoppers U can get

    Weakness:

    rusty bolts

    Very efficient stoppers. I didn't like the stock pads so I got some, cartridge style ones, save some weight and less fidily when it's time to change pads. Apart from that, great power, with good modulation when set-up correctly. Wanna stop on a dime, get these babies.

    Similar Products Used:

    STX-RC, LX, Coda Comp, Avid sd 1.0

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Mar 16, 2001]
    Crazy Bit#$
    Weekend Warrior

    Strength:

    -Arch looks trick
    -GREAT stopping power,better even than my SD 2.5's
    -Simple setup
    -Good modulation

    Weakness:

    -Mud and crap tends to collect on the arch
    -Some fade

    Just installed these on the Chameleon a week ago...these brakes(paired up with LX levers)KICK ARSE!I can already feel a difference between these and the SD 2.5's--these are stronger,and modulate better.Nothing like endo'ing headfirst into a snowbank right after installing new brakes!
    Setup?WHAT SETUP?!It took me all of about 45 minutes to get both of the things dialed...
    Disadvantages?Well,the arch looks SWEET and does its job(parallel push),but it collects mud,leaves,equine manure,etc. like a mofo.Also the brakes do fade,but not as noticeably as the SD's.I have to ride on them some more to see how long they hold up.
    So far,THEY ARE THE SH$T....Five chilies.

    Similar Products Used:

    Avid SD 2.5,Shimano LX,Shimano XTR(demo'd only)

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    [May 31, 2000]
    KAAAbooom
    Weekend Warrior

    Strength:

    They stop strong, progressive and are easy to setup. Personally these have a better feel then SHimano brakes ive tried

    Weakness:

    no colours to choose from ..ha ha no there great brakes

    These came with the bike stock. I purchased salsa boosters (5 stars as well) and they made a huge difference in stopping power and feel.
    I might bite the bullet for Disks (hayes) but for the money ive spent and the braking power with the boosters these have i doubt that will happen. These brakes stop very well in the wet muddy condition clean well and in dry they are top notch. BUy boosters for any cable brake you have they make a huge difference. Well if when the day comes that these fail i'll buy Hayes disks but for now these rule..

    Similar Products Used:

    Tried Maggies, Disks, Xt, lx, and what have you

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Dec 30, 1999]
    Luis Rodríguez
    Cross-Country Rider

    Strength:

    Always stop, quiet, pro look.

    Weakness:

    Fragile hardware.

    They look terrific and stop quiet in any wheater. But my rear brakes breaks in my first xc ride, the same week installed. I fix that using my old Avid 1.0 hardware and also had to reinstall the rear brake booster. The arch rival is an excellent idea, but, because the experience with the hardware... just only 3 stars for it.

    Similar Products Used:

    Ricthie Canty lever, Avid 1.0

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    [Jun 05, 2001]
    steve
    Cross Country Rider

    Strength:

    They work well with Kool Stop pads, and don't squeel wet or dry.

    Weakness:

    The arch collects mud.

    As a Cross Country Rider I have no clue why anyone would want to spend the money for the extra weight and expense of discs. Espically after listening to a couple of my riding buddy curse their Discs! It's always, the pads need to bed in, the disc won't stay centered bla....bla, and these are not cheep crap brakes either! And the best thing is when their discs squeel like pigs when they heat up! Woo Hoo great hydros guys. These Arch Rivals modulate well, toed in a scosh they don't squeel wet of dry, unless the pads get old and heat baked. I have hauled my bike down from 40 miles per hour with no problem on long dirt down hills at Sea Otter and Mammoth and could lock and slide as needed. They have sent me over the bars when I grabbed a handfull in panic, in short no lack of power. They really work sweet with the teflon cables available aftermarket. They do collect mud in the winter and need all of the pivots cleaned and dry lubed every couple of weeks so maintanance is important. Riding is expensive, I need value for my dollar, these brakes provide it, for XC hard to beat.

    Similar Products Used:

    LX and XT

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Apr 13, 2001]
    matt k
    Weekend Warrior

    Strength:

    -looks tough
    -quiet after initial break in (wet or dry)
    -short smooove stops

    Weakness:

    some bolts have low quality chrome plate or parts where the plate missed. doesnt look too bad except up close. just costmetic stuff though

    initial break in was tough, and im not sure exactly how it would be different for most of you out there. I put it on my bike in december and started riding it to work then, so in its first few times out it saw 0 degrees (or less), and if there was a hint of water/snow that got onto the rim, forget about the brakes doing anything, except locking up completely with considerable pressure. they squeeked like a mother for the first month or so, but maybe just because of the cold. they worked fine, but were just far to noisy/embarassing. since it started warming up though they work great, and are finally silent.

    good stuff for the bucks

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
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