Avid Arch Rival Mag Brake System

DESCRIPTION

  • Accu-Push Technology - Delivers maximum power, dependable control and even pad wear.
  • Forged Magnesium Brake Arms Accu-Push Technology - Delivers maximum power, dependable control and even pad wear.
  • Force Vector Alignment
  • A very lightweight articulated direct-pull brake.
  • Locking Noodle and Overcoat™
  • Oversized Linear Springs
  • Rim Wrangler™ Cartridge Pads

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Sep 12, 2000]
    shane fadely
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Super light, good modulation, ease of adjustment, pretty copper color, cheap at wholesale cost, better than my '96 XT V-brakes!

    Weakness:

    Easily bendable magnesium levers, Rr. stock pads (Kool-Stop) pads squealed, lose power in mud and wet, am having a hard time keeping the action smooth (I even lube and clean my cables every ride).

    I actually own the Mags not the Arch Mags. I posted the review in this one because there was no text for the Mags. Also, Avid never produced the Arch Mags in 2000. Good brakes overall, but I've felt the new XTR V's and they are awful good. The new XT discs my friend had are also really sweet.

    Similar Products Used:

    XT-v brakes and XTR

    [Apr 24, 2001]
    uglyvern
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    Work well, easy to adjust.

    Weakness:

    Overpriced, deceptively marketed.

    The Avid Arch Rival Mags look indentical to Avid's Arch Rival V-brake. It has that tech-y looking arch that centers the pads on the rim -- easy to adjust, and stops well. That said, no one should ever buy the Mag series brake, unless you get a hell of a deal. My pair of brakes cost me $120, and I spent another $65 for the Speed Dial Mag levers (see my dissatisified lever review). I was cool with that because they were supposed to work great and _weigh very little_. Well, the Arch Rival Mag caliper+pads spec at 179g, but they actually weigh 209g -- 60 g difference for the front and rear brakes combined! The regular non-Mag Arch Rival's spec at 198g per caliper, and you can get them with Speed Dial 7 levers from SuperGo for $90. Stay the hell away from Avid's light weight line (now renamed Ti, instead of Mag) ... they just change the color, lie about the weight, and charge you 2X.

    Similar Products Used:

    Shimano STX, XT brakes.

    [Mar 02, 2001]
    BVBR
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    Its not Shimano

    Weakness:

    Its not Shimano

    I'm kind of disappointed so far. The brake arms have a little play in them. The cable binder bolt interferes with the spring (I bent the last 5mm of spring to get it to clear the cable clamp area). The bolts that come with it are way too long & way too heavy. And I can see this arch easily clogging with leaves and mud. This is unacceptable for a high performance V-brake system. The actual brake power is on par with other parallel push V brake designs. The weight is identical to my XTR's.

    I should've bought another set of XTR's. My XTR's are rock solid, smooth as butter, and have real bearings in them to keep them that way. The XTR's are also cheaper!

    Similar Products Used:

    XT, XTR, Avid SD 2.0

    [Feb 07, 2001]
    Dickson
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Light, brain-dead simple to set up, pads hit the rims in parallel fashion (sort of like XTR v-brakes).

    Weakness:

    Clamping bolt angled down instead of flat against the brake arm, which interferes slightly with the spring.

    No one can probably tell difference in function (or weight) compare to Arch Rival 50 , but the weight conscious would love the 20 grams savings per set. Got them on sale at CBO to replace old LX V Brakes. Did not become sloppy over time like earlier generation XTR V brakes.

    Similar Products Used:

    Shimano LX V-brakes, XTR V-brakes, Avid Arch Rival 50, old XTR canti's

    [May 18, 2002]
    rooster
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    they work for at least 1 year

    Weakness:

    there is a collar where the spring tension is that houses the adjuster screw for pad clearance. cracked clean off. so far three of them are cracked. bike unusable until replaced.

    This review is for the Avid Mags. What's the deal? You spend lots of cash for bike parts that last less than two years. Add a freakin gram or two and make something last a little more time. A $2000 plus bike and the parts are crap. Throw me a bone here people.

    Similar Products Used:

    avid 1.0, old diacomp brakes

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