Avid Black Ops Single Digit Ultimate Brake System

DESCRIPTION

Rim Brake: Light weight, solid aluminum billet pivoting on sealed cartridge bearrings. 182 grams

Lever: CNC Aluminum. 150 grams

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 01, 2003]
RAFI JULIUS
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

the best rim brake i found, and better than many disk's.
they are light, sexy, amazing stopping power and modulation, simple to clean and adjust.
and the best part is avids costumer service.
are very nice together with xt 8 levers (same mat black).

Weakness:

they don't know when to stop by themself, so the riders needs to look ahead.

if you are looking for a realy good product, this is the one.
costumer service is excelent too: broke the little part that hold's the pin that insert's the fork, and avid send me 2 replacment part, fast, no questin's asked.

Similar Products Used:

rivel arch, xt, lx, promax, hayase.

[Mar 05, 2002]
Nick

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Sexiest v-brake around, hands down, and the levers look so slick they make all other levers look like toys
Light weight and very stiff
The cartridge bearings make a noticeable difference- so play in the brakes or levers, and they operate very very smoothly
Very adjustable, like all of Avid's stuff

Weakness:

Hard to justify that price tag. You'd think that when you're paying enough to get a set of hydraulic discs, they could at least use Ti hardware. That much cash should get you everything the world has to offer in a v-brake.

Beautifully crafted, top of the line equipment. The levers have a huge range of leverage adjustability, and also a reach adjust, which is nice. The way they designed the barrel adjusters, they can't possibly slip around on you. (Not that I've ever had that much of a problem with that.) The lever blades are more ergonomical than other Avid's, but it's not that big of a deal. You don't have to remove your grips to take off your levers, which is cool in theory but I can't think of any reason you'd want to do that. I'd say these are great brakes if you love v-brakes and want the best- but the performance difference is not really that drastic over the SD-7's.
Bottom line- the perfect v-brakes, but you pay for what you get.

Similar Products Used:

Avid SD7, SD5, SD2, SD1, Shimano LX and XT, XT discs, Magura HS-33's, Avid mechanical discs, Hayes hydros

[Jan 21, 2002]
bonker
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Lightweight
Cartridge bearings
No slop
CNC Machining
It stops your bike

Weakness:

Steel hardware

WOW! I can truly say that these things are on par with hydraulic rim brakes. I once had Magura HS33's and the stopping power is almost the same. The sealed bearings make the brakes as smooth as can be. I am using the Ultimates with XTR levers. What a combination. I was stuck between the Avid Ti's, and Paul's Motolite. I'm glad I went with the Ultimates. The brakes are about 180 grams. I'm a weight weenie but I will sacrifice weight for performance in the brake division.
FYI, if you buy them from Pricepoint, don't expect "Retail" packaging. Mine came in ziplock bags with all the stuff. No problems. These are THE v-brakes if it came down to what is the best.

Similar Products Used:

Avid SD Mags

[Dec 19, 2001]
Steve
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Incredible braking power, very adjustable to suit any riding/braking preferences, very well designed & built
It is the same design principle that RaceFace uses to stiffen their crank arms, an "I-beam" design. Amazing difference from what I was using prior

Weakness:

None.
*they are a little more costly but with this component, you definitely get what you pay for.

I was using Shimano XT components that I could not keep from squealing. This seemed to be a problem with both XT & XTR brakes with the parallel linkage design. I read reviews on what people thought was a good upgrade path for replacements as I saw nothing being done by the manufacturer to resolve this. I emailed some of owners of these brakes that had posted here and corresponded with enough questions to satisfy forking out the money for these units. I originally thought the price was this product's only weakness, but after having spent some time on these brakes, there is no better V-brake system available. Period. Sealed cartridge bearings in all pivot points make application effortless with no play or slop. You would have to use these brakes to understand why that are the best. I also purchase the levers. Ditto on above to those too.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano LX, XT

[Dec 15, 2001]
alex davidson
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

beautifully made, solid..finally a V brake that doesn't have any slop and no linkages. I shall see how they last. Nice to be able set cable runs the proper way ie;motor bike style.

Weakness:

at this price they should include ti bolts but they still won't be the lightest out there-not intended as that any how. stupid torque settings etched all over the place-if someone buys these(spending this much)they will either know how to tighten a bolt properly or get a mechanic to do it wouldn't they?.

If you dont mind spending some money on your bike I can't see any rim brakes nicer than these..they have no slop and work great. silver would be nice but as it is they look better covered with dirt anyhow.

Similar Products Used:

avid 2.0's, xtr, xt and loads of cantis..

[Mar 28, 2003]
dale g
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

these brakes work very well,lots of power,no slop in any of the parts yet.

Weakness:

possibly the price

the best rim brake I have found! Have changed over to avid mech.The best would be to run these in the summer and disk brakes in the winter.

Similar Products Used:

xt,xtr,avid sd7

[Nov 04, 2002]
Reed Mcintyre
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great stoping power. very light and durable

Weakness:

none

These are asome you need these's. Great for every thing.

Similar Products Used:

xtr brake

[May 13, 2003]
Matthew
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Easy to set up and adjust, light, stiff as hell.

Weakness:

A bit expensive.

Since Avid no longer makes the Arch Supreme, these are now the best rim brakes in existence. They stop better than most disc brakes, and they aren't nearly as complicated. Avid's got great customer service too. When I got the brakes the metal dust caps that covered the cartridge bearings were warped and bent. I sent an email to Avid's warranty department, and received replacements four days later. True, they're not the cheapest brakes in the world, but if you can afford it, they're the best.

Similar Products Used:

Shimano LX, Avid Single Digits.

[May 22, 2005]
Digitalparrot77
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light weight, unmatched stopping power

Weakness:

non at this time

Whatever the price is just buy them. This was a major upgrade from the standard Brakes that came with my bike back in'96. They feel great and are extremly responsive to the touch

[Oct 31, 2006]
Chris
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Smooth, reliable - best of all there is not flex and you know how it's going to perform everytime you use it. Out lasted 1/2 dozen frames - BMX. Raced and practiced everyday. Set it up and forget about it.

Weakness:

NONE!!!

There never has been a brake like this, not even Avid's other brakes. Sealed bearing and CNC'd arms are the secret. If you're serious about performance brakes and shun disc for there un-responsiveness, this is the brake system.

Similar Products Used:

Tried them all, there is no comparision.

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