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Old 07-09-05, 03:12 PM   #1
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I was upgrading my shifters from the integrated Easy Fires that came on my Trek bike. As I was going to need standalone brake levers anyway I went ahead and just bought the Single Digit 7 brakes/Speed Dial 7 levers combo from Pricepoint, figuring what the heck.

My bike came with the run of the mill Tektro V-brakes so I knew they were low end but honestly didn't think I'd see that big of a difference with the Single Digit's. I was WAY wrong. WOW! Absolutely unbelievable. And before anyone assumes that it was the new cables or the lever, I didn't even replace them yet. I had some time today so I just swapped out my front brake arms, nothing else. And the Tektros were adjusted properly as just last week I had the bike into my LBS for a tune-up.

The difference is completely insane. From decent braking (I had no complaints) to downright dangerously close to going over the bars if you're not paying attention. The effort required to activate the brakes was probably without exaggeration cut in half or more, and the braking is not even comparable.

My whole point I guess is just to let people know that all v-brakes are NOT the same! With the decent but not stop on a dime performance I had from my initial Tektros I could understand that people would go disc for "real riding". While I'm CERTAIN that for muddy/wet/LONG down hill runs the disc option is the only option for some, after running these single digit's I'm equally certain that there's a lot of people that could save some cash by simply upgrading their V-brakes. Like I said, not at all putting down discs, only saying that the braking performance of the Avids far surpasses what I assumed most v-brakes were like after riding my brakes that came on my entry level Trek (4300).

Anyway, thanks to the folks in here that steered me towards the Avid's and I'm hoping this post may give someone else the last little bit of convincing they needed to spend the $70 because much to my own disbelieve, it was worth it.

Now I just need to get the new levers installed. Anyone know of an effective way to cut cable/housing without a bike cable cutter?
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Old 07-09-05, 03:31 PM   #2
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I like my single-digit 7's too. Almost 3 years old now, still going strong!

One thing about these brakes... the adjustment screw can strip fairly easily, at least in the older models. I had this happen to me and the mechanic at my LBS says he fixes these all the time. So, if it happens to you, get a metric tap one size up. Drill it out, tap it, and put the new matching screw in and you'll have a new brake.

As far as cutting cable and housing without bike cable cutters goes, you can cut housing with a dremel tool. To cut the cable, use a pair of wire cutters or any other heavy duty cutters like you might find on a pair of needle-nosed pliers.
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Old 07-09-05, 03:52 PM   #3
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Avid makes great V brakes, Im using them now. Also the speed dial feature is a fantastic function, I use it to the max. I like having decent amounts of clearance between pad and rim for mud and snow (there was a problem with stuff getting caught in that small gap), so i increase the clerarance greatly and just turn up the speed dial so I pull the lever the same amount and it brings the pad in still
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Old 07-09-05, 04:53 PM   #4
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Gw thanks for the insight on the adjusting screw. And the dremel advice, stellar! I'm gonna use the dremel and save me the $30.

And Phantom your use of the speed dial gives me a better idea of how to set them up for me, so that too is much appreciated.
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I use master craft pliers, have a cutting edge. Nice clean cut.
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Just used the dremel on one to experiment, worked like a charm. Thanks for the suggestion!
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