Te mortuo heres tibi sim?
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: East coast
Bikes: hardtail, squishy, fixed roadie, fixed crosser
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What Dirtbike said. The bb7 is far better than the bb5, and worth saving a bit more money for. though Either is worlds better performing than the Tektro sets. Good levers are a nice investment, too. Any of the Avid SD levers are great, and even the low end FR-5 levers are far superior to most generic crappy Tektro and so on levers.
bb5 uses a different pad (not so great; the standard bb7 and Avid hydro brakes use the same pads. you can get them nearly anywhere) and the adjustment of both pads is a very nice thing to have. if the bb5 vused the same pads, it wouldn't be so bad. using a different pad was a bad move on Avid's part, i think, even if it makes for a few bucks cheaper.