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any significant difference in weight, stopping power, pad wear, etc? Nothing came up on the search function. Thanks.
 

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I don't believe so

The differences will be minimal. The BB 5 might be a few grams lighter as result of not having the additional pad adjustment knob. The stopping power on the BB7 MIGHT be a bit more as result of what I believe to be a larger pad surface. I don't know how the BB5's lack of a second pad adjustment plays into stopping power as stated by rocpyro. My understanding is that there is a way to adjust the second pad, it's just not as easy as on the BB7. As for pad wear, if the pad surface on the BB5 is smaller, as I believe it is, it could very well wear faster than the BB7.

I hope this helps.

Bob
 

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Stopping power is going to be significantly better on the 7's because of double the pad adjustment.
the double pad adjustment has not effect on stopping power. however the BB7s are easier to setup and adjust because of the micro adjustment on both pads. Having owned BB5s and BB7s I would say for the nominal difference in price go BB7s you will appreciate the lattitude added with the micro adjust, that btw, requries no tools.
 

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I've got the BB5's on my 04 FSR xc. My friend sprung for the BB7s on his 04 FSR xc. Stopping power is basically the same... The initial set-up is pretty even. However, once your pads start to wear, the BB7 is very easy to quickly fine tune (without having to preload the brake cable). The BB5 requries you to adjust the barrel adjusters to move the outboard pad in...

Also, the BB7 uses the same brake pad as the rest of the Avid line, so you'll have more brake pad choices. The BB5 uses its own brake pad, and you're limited to either Avid or Koolstop branded pads... (For me, it's a little annoying but not a huge deal).
 

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Ok, ok, I should have said something about lever feel, as that second adjuster greatly improves adjustment(and modulation) of the brakes, so I should have said better quality power. And they will have better resale value.
 
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