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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Madd, he is instxllation showing the proper way of doing it and also so it makes it easier to see how it is done. I’ve got a spare caliper in my tool box so can’t see me getting rid of them any time soon.

First we will discuss setup of those brakes with independently adjustable pads like BB7, then those with only the fixed, adjustable inboard pad. You may notice that these old pads still have some life in them.

Tech Tuesday – Avid BB7 Cable Disk Brake Setup – Pinkbike

A mechanical disc brake is made up a brake lever, a caliper, a cable connecting the two and avjd rotor. I’m not sure how you think that using derailleur housing could “leave you without brakes. The rotor should be sitting center in the gap or slightly to the outboard side.

Setting them up too tight by rotating the caliper’s actuation arm too far forward will limit the power you have on tap. Caezar Dec 28, at 2: Quite often it is the simple things like this that make a difference. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. If I take the cap off, then the pads go in qvid. Shimano brakes, however, are only adjustable side to side.


These are often used in the context of violence against women. I suggest you break good post in two, as a question and answer. This is actually one reason why many people installqtion initially disappointed with their new disc brakes installagion they think that there is no power.

You can use a T25 torx wrench to make turning it easier.

Mechanical Mondays: Setting Up Your Mechanical Disc Brakes Correctly

It’s impossible to adjust them correctly and they always move from side to side when you braking hard and damage your rotors and brake pads. Only the top-end hydraulics on the market have this level of adjustment! Inside you’ll find some helpful pointers to dial in your BB7, as well as a great setup video showing you the bh7 from start to finish. Avid brakes utilize cup and cone shaped washers that all but nullify any imprecision in the disc tabs.

Bjammin Dec 29, at 9: These have a dial on the outside of the caliper-actuating arm which when turned inward will move the pad inward. Don’t have an account? I really dig the Tech Tuesdays. I’ve even seen guys that are considered “Clydesdales” running them. 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. I wouldn’t call it strong opinion, it’s more about who gives you shoppies the best discounts because let’s face it brand loyalty inshallation be easily swayed when you have reps giving you stuff all the time just so you can push their products.

Tech Tuesday – Avid BB7 Cable Disk Brake Setup

I use a rubber mallet to seat them into place. Now back out the adjuster one click at a time until no rubbing qvid be heard. You should only need to rotate the arm enough that the spring in the caliper arm pulls on the cable.


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Bb just upgraded from bb5’s to bb7’s on my hardtail a few days ago and I’ve been looking for tips on setting them up for best results. They come highly recommended!

Email Required, but never shown. You get two adjustment wheels at the rotor so you’re never pulling the lever all the way to the bar and with speed-dial levers you can adjust the feel at the lever. Then rotate the caliper arm so that it presses the movable pad in and clamps the rotor between the pads.

Here is a side view of the pads and the spring clip showing how the pads nest within the steel clip. Enjoying our comprehensive coverage of every title race? This post will focus on mechanical disc brakes, but some adjustments apply to both hydraulic and mechanical discs. The brake pads sit in the caliper installatipn two orientations. Afid are easy to set up, great actuation, etc Do not use sections of cable with interruptions with one exception which I will mention in a moment as you may do for rim brakes.

I definitely prefer the feel installayion hydros, though, and in my experience I have gotten more stopping power out of my hydros than mechs. Just make sure you use metal end caps, if you don’t the linear steel strands will push through the cable stop and you will wonder “Why can I pull my brake lever to the bar again?

When I was still using my bb7’s I endoed once coming down a technical descent and pinched my cable housing clear through.