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  • spoonless
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    These came stock on my 2008 Specialized Rockhopper. I have rebuilt them twice and replaced pads twice. They work just well enough to keep me from dropping the cash for a hydraulic set. Not bad by any means, but if I was in the market for a set of disc brakes would not seek them out specifically.

    Pros
    Simple design
    Easy to service
    Easy to rebuild
    cheap
    No fluid to bleed or worry about

    Cons
    Really hard to tune to not rub and still work
    Needs frequent adjusting
    Hard to reach the inboard tuning knob

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  • para1131
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    With proper care and regular cleaning i have zero issues with these brakes

    Pros
    Easy on the fly adjustments

    Cons
    Pads are undersized in my opiona

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  • aslin2001
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    I would recommend this product to anyone that is coming from v brakes on a budget otherwise go for hydraulics, there pretty cheap these days.

    Pros
    The brakes are cheap, have ok stopping power, sheds heat quickly, inexpensive maintenance, and is good on descents and flat surfaces.

    Cons
    The brakes are always getting out of line, does not cope well with vibrations, and sports small brake pads.

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  • juniorK
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    I know this is an old thread but I will relay my experience with these brakes. They came fitted on my old 29er with 185mm rotors. Absolute garbage with the Avid rotors that had the small round holes in them. If you have those then toss them, they are worthless for clearing dust and debris from the pads. Went with the Hayes "V" series rotors in 180mm. If you measure the Avid vs. Hayes rotors the contact patch is a little wider on the Hayes. You may have to shim the BB5 calipers with some flat washers to get the pads to align with the Hayes rotors properly but they will cover the full surface. I went with some aftermarket semi-metallic pads (the ones that are painted yellow) and this combination actually works pretty decent... FWIW

    Pros
    Decent for what they are...

    Cons
    Small pad surface and Avid skrimps on the rotor contact patch.

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  • **

    Don't get them. Save up for better ones.

    Pros
    Cheap, i guess

    Cons
    Really finicky and hard to adjust. They make you wish you just had v-brakes. They also squeal a lot, and I'm a light rider.

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  • dozzerboy
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    As was mentioned before, if you are looking for a cheap fork mount brake option, this is your bet. Don't expect much in the way of performance though.

    Pros
    Budget brakes that wont break the budget.

    Cons
    Basically these are for looks only. They stop marginally better than well tuned V brakes and they aren't as adjustable.

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  • jtorlando25
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    The previous reviews of these brakes blew my mind. If these come stock on your bike, throw them away and upgrade to either BB7s or Hydraulics immediately. These came stock on my hardtail 29er and I had nothing but issues with them. They only adjust and modulate on one side of the rotor while the other side sits and waits for the rotor to be bent into it to stop the bike. HORRIBLE brakes.

    Pros
    -none

    Cons
    -Cheaply made
    -Only one side of the rotor modulates and is adjustable
    -Constantly require adjustments

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  • Shaniac
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    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.

    Pros
    Good overall stopping power for mechanical disk brakes.
    much better option than cantilever brakes

    Cons
    Brakes squeal when locking out.
    Not enough braking power in extreme conditions.

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  • jeff44
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    do the job but hard to get set right over long periods of time!

    Pros
    came stock on bike easy to adjust but hard to get right

    Cons
    somtimes squeel touchy to get right

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  • treky92
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    Once these are set up correctly they are bulletproof for the minimal investment on mech. disc brakes. MSRP is much lower than stated as well. A set (front and back) is even much less than stated.

    Pros
    Great brake for the price

    Cons
    Adjustments can be finnicky

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  • acfair
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    These are the only disc brakes that I have experiences. I know there are better products out, however these have worked great for me so far. I had them installed by my local bike shop tech and I have had no problems thus far.

    Pros
    Affordable. Great upgrade from rim brakes

    Cons
    Nothing so far

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
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    This is a solid-performing mechanical break, and definitely worth a look if you're shopping on a budget. If you've got the money, I'd recommend going with the BB7 though.

    Pros
    Affordable. I think the MSRP listed is incorrect

    Cons
    Not as powerful as the BB7

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  • dustyg314
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    hard to beat these for the money, upgraded old rim brakes and used old levers works great may even better than my juicy's?

    Pros
    great stopping power,easy upgrade, easy to adjust

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  • shpanyuk1
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    They're okay if you need limited stopping power.

    Pros
    Long-lasting, easily adjustable.

    Cons
    Had to remove the front rotor due to constant rubbing, after backing off the pad entirely and having it adjusted by a pro.

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  • hampton1100
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    they're fine for trail riding, I upgraded rotors and they do quite well.

    Pros
    Consistant, cheap, fairly durable

    Cons
    hard to adjust, not enough bite, and not very smooth

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  • GoldenGoose
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    An acceptable mechanical brake set that performs well given its price. Not the top of the line, but not priced or marketed that way either. A great way to get started in disc brakes with decent performing mechanicals.

    Pros
    Very similar stopping power to the BB7s, despite what some people may lead you to believe. Same rotors as the BB7s. Nice and cheap! Step up to a larger rotor and you'll really feel the difference.

    Cons
    Missing the adjustment of the BB7s and smaller shaped pads. The roundagon rotors are pretty bulky but you can always switch them out.

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  • Asfyxiate
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    You can what you pay for, in some people's eyes they compare to BB7, but they DON'T.

    Pros
    Cheap, decent braking power.

    Cons
    CHEAP, yes that's a con too. They don't have the knobs to adjust like the BB7.

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  • slap8up
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    Buy BB7's or juicy's instead

    Pros
    Cheap, OK stopping power when riding in a strait line or uphill.

    Cons
    Not good for emergency stopping, small pad, pain in the a#% to get set up to my liking.

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  • Juan_Gear
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    Pass on them, unless your a cheap wanker

    Pros
    Cheap, stop well

    Cons
    Hard to adjust

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