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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I would also recommend the Avid Flakjacket set. Running standard index housing could leave you without brakes when you need them the most. The pads need some “persuasion” to get past the spring clip.

The whole system is totally insulated from the effects of mud and dirt, so installed properly you should never suffer from ‘gritty’ feeling brakes again. Subscribe in a reader. Don’t even take them out. Now pull the cable tight and secure it with the cable pinch bolt. Are you joking and I just don’t get it or is it just different in Croatia?

This action moves the outboard pad inward toward the inboard pad, thus clamping the disc rotor. Spend some time outside test riding the bike and breaking in the new pads and rotor.

The second style has a movable installattion, which has adjustability independent of the caliper arm. On the old Fisher, I would install BB7 pads just by pinching the pad-spring-pad “sandwich” and pushing the sandwich into the caliper from the “bottom” the side toward the axle. First, you will need brake pads and the proper tools.


Thank you so much! As your pads wear, simply use the pad adjusters to compensate for the wear. First Look at the Fuji Jari Carbon 1. What kind of a man are you if you can’t change a flat tube or tire? The Speed Dial knobs will also allow you to fine tune the feel of the front brakes to match that of the rear brakes.

Turn down the outboard pad adjusting knob or screw until the pad fully clamps the rotor against the inboard pad. The cable housing must run full length from the brake lever to the brake caliper. This composite combination of materials keeps the brake from locking up by allowing the pad to slowly burn away, keeping you safely behind the handlebars. Maybe I am stupid, but the basics of physics are the same all over the world. This is a good practice for almost all of your qvid components.

It is also worth noting that sintered pads will cause more noise than organic pads. If you don’t know how to do this, you’re obviously not mechanically inclined.

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 installatioh is better for modulation.

Tech Tuesday – Avid BB7 Cable Disk Brake Setup – Pinkbike

Any grease or lube that you get on the rotor or pads will quickly make them useless. Avid brakes utilize cup and cone shaped washers that all but nullify any imprecision in the disc tabs.

This is another of the common topics brought up on cycle forums. If there is play then you will need to pull the cable through a bit more and re-tighten it.

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Tech Tuesday – Avid BB7 Cable Disk Brake Setup

Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. The BB7’s in particular may make a noise for a while until they avod bedded in. Simpl, no fuss and they just work.

It’s still very much about personal preference, same as it is for non-shop employees. The stopping power on the BB7s are fantastic.

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Related Posts Ask the Mechanics: The first has no initial setup adjustability apart from how far the caliper arm is rotated and cable clamped.

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Then back out by another two clicks for clearance though some people prefer to leave only one click distance. Nistallation you doubt your skills, take the bike to your local shop and have them do the work for you. Use the pad adjustment knobs to back out the pads all the way. Next, you will need to dial back to the calipers to their open-most position. It can often be hard to track down the exact cause. The caliper, the actual brake bolted to the bike, is made up of two brake pads, inboard and outboard, between which the rotor will be clamped to provide the braking.

Be advised that in some cases you may need to turn in the inboard adjuster more on bbb7 second attempt than on the first. acid

Back off the outboard pad adjuster entirely.