There are a couple of common issues with the BB7 that crop up in many of the forums, many of them due to not taking care with the setup of them. One of the. Avid’s BB7 cable disc brake is an economical stopper that is a great low in your BB7, as well as a great setup video showing you the process. For these Avid BB7s, both of the red knobs are turned counter-clockwise until To install the new pads (or the old ones), simply reverse the removal process. Some brakes allow you to install the pads individually but the BB7.

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Avid Elixir Pad Spreader Springs. If I were a distance acid guy, or lived in a less technical flat area I would probably prefer them just for the lack of maintenance. No matter what you use, be gentle.

By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. We are trying to achieve a brake in which the brake pads are aligned squarely with the rotor and the inboard pad protrudes far enough into the caliper to provide full clamping of the rotor between the two pads.

With the brake attached to the bike, loosen the caliper mounting bolts Note: Loosen the mounting bolts and try it again. All brake adjustment can be accomplished with the cable disconnected. This ensures the rotor can never rotate under the bolt heads.

As soon as you start to pull there should be movement on the caliper arm. Mechanical inclination doesn’t have any bearing on whether you are an idiot. Consider a donation to support CXM. But only if you use the Avid Speed Dial levers. Only the top-end hydraulics on the market have this level of adjustment!

Mechanical Mondays: Setting Up Your Mechanical Disc Brakes Correctly

Maybe I am stupid, but the basics of physics knstallation the same all over the world. Because the pad dissolves away, you will need to replace your brake pads every so often. Avid’s manual was unclear on that topic. Also some people can’t tie their own shoes but can do complex math equations in their heads.


You shouldn’t need to use the tension adjustment on the lever itself.

See a qualified mechanic with proper tools for avidd work. It’s impossible b7 adjust them correctly and they always move from side to side when you braking hard and damage your rotors and brake pads. I’ll Be a Supporter. But as long as you do not skimp on the quality of your cabling you should be fine, although preferably you should be aiming for a weather sealed system of some kind. Great write up soezgg, but I would like to add that every time you replace your pads it is recommended to recondition your rotors or at least every other change of pads at very least.

BB7’s are the best you can get for a mechanical brake, no doubt. This inboard pad position should be one of your greatest priorities.

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Tech Tuesday – Avid BB7 Cable Disk Brake Setup

Post as a guest Name. Want to add a tip or hint of your own? I went through many different suggestions on forums as to how to set up the pad distance, but eventually I stumbled upon this method, which I have to say is by far the best. And if you break them on the trail there’s no mess, just take the whole unit off and put it in your bag and carry on riding.

They can be more powerful with more control than rim rim brakes and they are not so nearly affected by water and mud. This goes for all disc brakes, both hydros and mechanical. I know this was a long one, but proper setup is critical to getting all the benefits that this wonderful world of disc brakes has to offer. Mobile Version of Website. The cable housing must run full length from the brake lever to the brake caliper.


The Speed Dials not only have a reach adjustment, but they also have a modulation adjustment dial what Avid term “Speed Dial”. Sign up using Facebook. First we will discuss setup of those brakes with independently adjustable pads like BB7, then those with only the fixed, adjustable inboard pad.

This is a good practice for almost all of your bolted components. Wow, my pads come straight out the back with no need to remove the calipers. The modulation and adjustability was pretty sweet compared to my old hayes mx2’s and felt as good as my hayes 9 hydros, but the modulation on my current strokers, my old shimano deores, and my wife’s juicy 5’s all convinced me that hydro is better for modulation.

You can see the pads through the opening in the cap. The Saint M costs about the same as the Code Mk. Metals like aluminum, titanium, and magnesium are pretty reactive to the elements so I usually put a small bead of anti-seize on my mounting bolts to keep them from binding up or corroding over time.

How to replace Avid BB7 brake pads in “new” calipers? – Bicycles Stack Exchange

A mechanical disc brake is made up a brake lever, a caliper, a cable connecting the two and a rotor. On my Salsa Vaya the black calipers have an opening on that side, and they have a spring steel cap that clips into the opening. Don’t have an account? Neko Mulally Has Been Testing a After aviv couple attempts though, you should get it quite easily.