Avid Arch Supreme Brake System

DESCRIPTION

  • Accu-Push™ Technology - Pivoting arch moves pads so they maintain an ideal plane with the rim. The oversized, widely spaced pivots put minimal loads on the bushings. Pivot wear and slop is greatly reduced, enhancing brake efficiency.
  • Force Vector Alignment™ -
  • Lateral Float System
  • Speed Dial Centering
  • Sealed Cartridge Bearings
  • Rim Wrangler™ Cartridge Brake Pads

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [May 25, 2009]
    Louie
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Low weight, massive stopping power, easy setup and centering, Super high quality, looks great.

    Weakness:

    Rim eater if you are heavy on the brakes...

    The best V-brake i have ever used or seen. Fantastic Modulation especially when paired with Avid Ultimate levers. Probably the finest V-brake ever produced!

    Similar Products Used:

    XTR (close but were not as good)

    [Apr 05, 2009]
    ez054098
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Powerful stopping power. Better than most disc brakes. Great looks to boot.

    Weakness:

    None that I can think of.

    I really miss the days of rim brakes. Disc brakes have zero sole. These are the most powerful rim brakes I have ever had.

    Similar Products Used:

    XTR V-brake

    [Jun 17, 2003]
    Greg
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    All of the wonderful things said below.

    Weakness:

    Eats throught rims like I wish I had Disc Brakes.

    As a review of longtime use and abuse. They are built in a fashion that precludes ever needing to replace them. This brake taught me how to build wheels. I have never seen a set of rim brakes destroy rims like these do. My first season claimes a Sun Rhino-Lite. Season two and a half claimed a 517 and now in Season 4 I am halfway through my second 517. I bought a Park PS-2 so I could save the cost of having whels built all of the time. Overall, maybe its cheaper to run disc but I can't do rear disc on this fram without considerable upgread.

    Bottom line, great product, bad timing!

    Similar Products Used:

    V-Brakes

    [Sep 25, 2005]
    Matt
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    real easy to set up, centering the pads is a cake, looks cool, very light.

    Weakness:

    None.

    This system works like a charm, I dont have to mingle with both sides of brakes to adjust it to center, I just loosen that little screw adjust then ride.... this is the best looking brakes in my opinion./ Levers are cool as-well bought these in sets.

    Similar Products Used:

    ultimates,xtr's

    [Apr 05, 2004]
    Kyle Hewitt
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Power, Modulation, Reliability

    Weakness:

    The fact they are a 'cable brake'

    I bought these off Mark at Leisure Lakes as a customer had them taken off a Cannondale Carbon full suss thingy. I paid £50 for front and rears.
    They have been on the rear of my Santa Cruz Chameleon now for about 5 years now as the disc brake adaptor is a poor design and anyway with brakes this powerfull who needs disc's. The rear brake is as powerfull as a Hope Mini front hydraulic.

    Similar Products Used:

    XT V's, XTR V's, Hope 4 pots and Mini's, Hayes Mags 8"

    [Sep 04, 2001]
    Dave Groff
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Super easy installation. No tools necessary on the trail. Great stopping power

    Weakness:

    No spring adjustment

    I finally found a set!!! These brakes are definitely worth getting if you can afford and find a pair. Avid should go back into production on these. Who needs discs?

    Similar Products Used:

    2001 Avid Arch, XTR

    [Nov 16, 2001]
    Eric
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Light weight, ease of setup.

    Weakness:

    Pricy, get a spare set of pads because most bike shops don't stock them.

    Awesome stopping power, at least as good as XTR. Great adjustability when used in conjunction with Speed Dial Ultimate L levers. They look great.

    Highly recommended to anyone who has a good amount of disposable income and likes to have their bike not be spec'd like everyone elses.

    Similar Products Used:

    XTR, Magura Hydraulic rim brakes

    [Sep 22, 2001]
    Jeff M
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    These are "The" brakes" It's a real shame that Avid discontinued them because everyone that used them seemed to feel the same way as I do. Go Figure?

    Weakness:

    The plastic retainer for the tension spring is subject to breaking renedering the brake totally useless. Avid was "kinda" wonderful in that they sent me out some replacements, however I really don't trust a piece of plastic to hold up over time to insure that my brakes work, so I have had a set made out of stainless steel (avid should offer these as an upgrade)also be careful if you do use the plastic-they push on over the bolt, they DO NOT thread!

    Toooooo Bad for anyone wanting these brakes, as I have heard that they are totally unavailable. Drop Avid a email and tell them they need to re-introduce them. There is simply not a better brake available anywhere.

    Similar Products Used:

    WTB, Shimano

    [Jul 24, 2001]
    Erik
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Braking performance, ease of installation and set up, quality of construction, exclusivity

    Weakness:

    causes bike shop geeks to drool

    Who needs disc brakes when you can ride these amazing, lightweight stoppers. Built like jewelry, easy to set up, perfect modulation, just incredible!

    Does Avid still make these? Get them while you can, because you gotta think the market for high-end rim brakes is ending.

    [Jan 02, 2000]
    Craig Sandstrom
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    Strength:

    Superb braking power. Zero flex on the arms.
    Stock pads work great in any conditions.
    Great modulation in the front.

    Weakness:

    Hey the price. Your paying for quality though.

    No need for disc when you have this brake in the front. Won't recommend use in the rear, not enough modulation. If the moneys there get it. Downhill performance will increase. Faster cornering and more confidence.

    Similar Products Used:

    XT old & new (didn't like)
    WTB Cantilever
    LX
    Avid Arch Rival (Great)

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