Avid Speed Dial Ultimate Brake Lever

DESCRIPTION

Whether you're still rocking those ultra-fly V-brakes from back in the day, or you love the reliability of mechanical discs, the Avid Speed Dial Ultimate Brake Lever will give you the power, control, and modulation you expect out of good brakes.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 10, 2018]
lifer


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Best levers I've used in 50 years of cycling. Great with the BB7 mechanical brakes-rivals the best DH stoppers (Saint), and they're lighter. Please bring them back...

Weakness:

None. Never had a problem. Two pair still in use.

Purchased:
New  
[Apr 20, 2009]
Sigfod
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Simply buttery engagement, almost indestructible, room for three fingers, light as air.

Weakness:

none

By far the best brake levers I have ever used, can't recommend highly enough.

Similar Products Used:

97' XT-V Levers, 98' Avid SD 2.0, Avid Juicy Carbon,

[Jun 06, 2003]
Troffers
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Great split-clamp system...easy to install and remove...great looks

Weakness:

none

Best levers i've ever used! Make my cable discs have a hydraulic feel. Beautiful workmanship. Speed dial works a treat. If you want the best (and if you can afford them!) get these. You won't be disapointed!

Similar Products Used:

Kooka, shimano deore

[Jul 24, 2001]
Erik
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Lightweight, functional, super easy to install, upgradeable by mfgr to use v-brakes

These are great levers. I've used them with canti's, then sent them in to Avid for the "V-Chip" and use them with Avid Arch Supremes. Great levers--get em on clearance!!--and the two-piece clamp makes installation an absolute breeze.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano DX, Suntour XC/Pro, Dia-Compe, Kooka Racha, XT, XTR.

[Apr 11, 1999]
Greg
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

workmanship, feel, best lever I've used with canti's.

Weakness:

Does not work well with V brakes even with v chip

Aa excellent brake with cantilevers which does'nt quite deliver with V-brakes. The v chip is just not up to the task. Shimano provides a better lever than these for V-brakes.

Similar Products Used:

Diacomp SS-5, PC 10's, Shimano XT V's and cantilevers, Avid 2.0

[Apr 11, 1999]
Mike
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Beautiful workmanship, split clamp, speed dial, smooth action, light weight and feel.

Weakness:

Too much leverage with V-brakes, no return spring, lever arms a tad too long, brakes feel spongy compared to my old levers.

I had to adjust the speed dial for the least amount of leverage to get decent clearance between the pads and the rim. This is just barely acceptable. They are supposed to have the V-chip installed. How can I tell? What the heck is a V-chip and why do they call it that anyway?Only 4 smokers because the speed dial has to be set at the extreme end of it's range to make the levers work acceptably.

Similar Products Used:

Diacompe DP-7 and SS-7 levers, Suntour XC-Pro, (all with cantilevers)

[Mar 16, 1998]
Szazboy
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

I don't usually post reviews but I just had to for this company. I love the brakes but the 5 star rating is for Avid in general. My bike(not me luckily) got mangled when a pickup truck tried to run me over in a crosswalk. Avid was by far the easiest company to deal with for replacement parts. I sent them my broken lever, they replaced the trashed parts and sent it back all in about ten days. And I only had to pay for postage! What a perfect world we would live in if my bike frame manufacturer would have done the same. Thanks Avid!

[Jun 10, 1996]
Allen Han
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

What do you get when you match good looks with winning performance..... an awesome product. Fit and finish on the lever is top notch, no slop or drag. The modulation of the brake could be adjusted via a dial on the flight. '96 Shimano XTR has the same feature, not as good as Avid. As far as I consider, Shimano probably copied the concept from Avid. An added bounce is the mounting C clip, you could mount or dismount the lever without removing bar ends or grips.

[Feb 29, 1996]
Francis

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING



The avid levers are the act to follow in the brake lever arena. The construction is flawless. The CNC machined parts are complented by titanium screws and bolts. The pivot point is handled by a bearing thus the action is smooth and there is none of that dreaded SLOP! The braking feel can be adjusted be adjusted from long throw with less power to short throw with mucho power. The fact that these levers look cool and are way light is a BONUS!

[Jan 12, 2000]
Dave V.
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Lightweight, beautiful craftsmanship, perfect length for Grip Shift.

Weakness:

Limited adjustability with V-brakes.

These levers are fantastic, and there are more than a few places that are selling them at clearout prices.

Yes these levers do work with V-brakes, I currently have them set up with 1999 XTR brakes. However, you do lose the leverage adjustment - to use V-brakes, the Speed Dial needs to be set up with max cable pull (least leverage). However, on that setting, the Avid levers feel like a Shimano lever set to minimum cable pull (max leverage). In other words, the levers have a softer, more progressive feel. Rim clearance however, is just fine.

Also, these levers do not have a return spring - so the springs in the V-brake arms have to be wound fairly tight.

Happy Trails

Similar Products Used:

Various Dia-Compe, Shimano.

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