October 18, 2012
Good overall stopping power for mechanical disk brakes.
much better option than cantilever brakes
Brakes squeal when locking out.
Not enough braking power in extreme conditions.
These are great mechanical disk brakes for the money. For most applications these brakes work really well however, they are lacking, as far as stopping power, on extreme downhill situations. They are not as sensitive as hydraulic brakes so transitioning from one to the other will take some getting used to. The Avid BB5's came with my bike and if I had a choice I would personally have gone with a hydraulic brake set up but the BB5's are a great set for the amount of money you would spend to purchase them.
If you don't have the money for a set of hydraulic brakes I would definitely recommend these to anyone.