Are Avid BB7’s as good as hydraulics?
Ive got a 203mm disc on the front and it does the job, can be a bit awkward adjusting the inner pad depending on how many spoke you have, you can do the outside on the move.Posted 9 years ago
Its all down to your choice, as you can now get hydraulics for the same price or sometimes cheaper!IHNMember
I removed my Mono Minis and fitted BB7s and haven’t looked back. Piece of pi$$ to set up and adjust, no f*cking around with bleed kits/bits of tube/corrosive fluid, nice lever feel. Manually adjusting the pads takes seconds (plus makes sure you’re aware of how much pad you have left).
Oh, if anyone wants to swap a 180 roundagon disc for a 203, let me know…Posted 9 years agofinneganMember
I second IHN – BB7s are trivial to set up and adjust (much nicer than the Shimano cable disk brakes I have on the single speed) – and ton – BB7s stop you. I can’t see the need for anything more complicated/expensive. If you have a slot dropout InBred, you’ll need 180 or 203 disks on the back, otherwise the brake interferes with the seatstay.Posted 9 years agoepicycloSubscriber
BB7s are great brakes – I have been using them for 5 years. I use them on my favourite bike (got Juicy 7s on the other).
Take the time to learn to set them up properly and they are great – good feel and powerful stops.
One very important advantage is if you are doing a lot of mud riding. You can wind the pads back a wee bit and there is less scraping when the brake is off, so your pads will last longer.Posted 9 years agoFarticusSubscriber
Started with Hope Minis. Then went to Magura Louise FRs, but got a SS fitted with BB7s. Liked them so much I ditched the Maguras.
Got tempted by XT 08s, so removed one set of BB7s. Will soon have both sets of XTs up for sale & being replaced by BB7s.
They’re powerful, they do have feel & modulation (well, enough for me) and easy to fettle. Hydraulics need less ongoing faffing (if a couple of minutes before each ride is that bad) but more when the seals go or need bleeding.
I’ve now got 5 sets of BB7s on the go. Best brakes ever IMHO.Posted 9 years ago
no feel or modulation.
absolute rubbish. get some speed dial levers and nice cables and learn to use your fingers properly!
Have to adjust them more often, for obvious reasons, so they need tweaking at the end of every ride (or half way round, if the weather’s bad)
what obvious reasons are they then? they never trouble me. only time i had to mess with them mid-ride was when it was -3C at coed y brenin and the Gore Ride-On cable liner froze to the inner and pulled itself through the outer cable. Just popped it back in and it was fine. My friend’s new XT brakes just didn’t even work at that temperature until he eventually got some heat back into them.
One very important advantage is if you are doing a lot of mud riding. You can wind the pads back a wee bit and there is less scraping when the brake is off, so your pads will last longer.
never thought of that!
I’ll tell you another advantage – trees. i hit a tree once and bent the caliper. all i had to do was take it off and put it in my pocket. how would you do that with hydraulics? there’d be oil everywhere!
in a nutshell:
simple, fuss-free no bleeding, easy to set up, powerful, good modulation, light, cheap.
scared to go to hydraulics incase they’re not as good!Posted 9 years agoscu98rkrMember
I used BB7 for many years I’ve change over to avid juicy’s
In my opinion they do have less feel/modulation/power but I have to do so much more fettling with hydralics.
Also you can adjust the bite point and lever reach more easily for big/small hands.
The only problem is if your small / light the rear wheel can be very easy to lock up.Posted 9 years ago
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