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Old 07-03-08, 08:15 PM   #1
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Brake levers are loose and worn out

I have a Trek mountin bike that is about 3 years old. It came with Tektro brakes(I have a linear V brake system) and the lever feels worn out and loose. I'd like to replace the levers with some higher quality ones without spending alot of money. I'd like to stay place a limit on what I can spend, so I told myself I would not go over $75.00 for a pair of brake levers. For a pair about $75.00, would the lever's have a nice and tight feel that would stay that way after much use?
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Old 07-03-08, 08:17 PM   #2
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Avid Speed Dials. Seriously it's the lever that made me realize there might be different levels of levers, that they aren't all the same. Check them out.
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Old 07-03-08, 08:34 PM   #3
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I saw those. They seem pretty cheap. Would the Avid Speed Dials 7 2008 be a significant improvement from the ones that I have?
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They'd be an improvement...maybe not a huge one...but good for the price.
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Old 07-04-08, 02:06 AM   #6
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What is pivot slop? And which would have less of it, Avid Speed Dial SL Brake Levers or Shamano LX Brake Levers?
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Old 07-04-08, 02:34 AM   #7
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Slop=play=worn out loose feeling.

I haven't tried the '08 LX levers, but I have some older ones that are the same design- lots of play in the pivot, and no way to adjust it out.

The Avid levers are...somewhat adjustable when it comes to tightening the pivots. I'd go with them...unless it's possible to find some XTR levers on ebay in your price range...
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Go with Avids...SD 7's or SL's
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hmm... in reviews from 2001-2006 the only complaint was the Avid speed dial SL had vertical play. I am curiouse if that has improved in 08. But I guess it doesn't matter to much if the LX's get that after a period of use.
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Unless you go with SD Ultimates you are going to have a little bit of play in pretty much anything you buy. I have Cane Creek Direct Curve, SD 7's and SL's. The SL's are the tightest of the lot (but not by much) and the cane creeks are the loosest. For 26 bucks you can hardly go wrong with SD 7's...
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Man, now i am starting to wonder if I should replace my brakes with Avid SL brakes. They go for about $60.00. Would I be better off buying cheap bottom line disc brakes like the Avid BB7 Disc Brake 08' since they are the same price?
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Going disc means disc specific wheel build...now you're going to a whole 'nother realm of cost from a simple break lever upgrade

EDIT: BB7's are actually quite nice...
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What is pivot slop? And which would have less of it, Avid Speed Dial SL Brake Levers or Shamano LX Brake Levers?
Shamano will take your brakes to a higher level of consciousness but I prefer the Avids.
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hmm... ya, after doing some research my hubs do have an attachment for disk brakes(shimano FH-M475 w/ 6 bolt threads). I saw that the Avid BB7's are $50 a piece while the Shimano XT M576 are only $30 more at $80 a piece(http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/164...rlock-Rear.htm). Would it be worth it to go with the Shimano's since they are Hydraulic?
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hmm... ya, after doing some research my hubs do have an attachment for disk brakes(shimano FH-M475 w/ 6 bolt threads). I saw that the Avid BB7's are $50 a piece while the Shimano XT M576 are only $30 more at $80 a piece(http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/164...rlock-Rear.htm). Would it be worth it to go with the Shimano's since they are Hydraulic?
The brakes in the link are center lock, while you say that you have six bolt hubs, which means that they are incompatible.

Oh, and go for the SD7 levers and BB7 brakes, they're great.
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But I could use an adapter, right? Would the BB7's still be a better deal even if I could use the Shimano XT M576 with the adapter?
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But I could use an adapter, right? Would the BB7's still be a better deal even if I could use the Shimano XT M576 with the adapter?
What do you mean by 'better deal'? What's important to you in a brake?
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well, good question. i would like to have my break lever pressurized and have that feeling like car has 'power breaks'. by a better deal, i am wondering if the shamino xt m576 are worth the extra $30.00 more(per a tire)?
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I don't think so, but others might disagree. Also BB7s are nowhere near bottom of the line, a set with some matching avid levers should be a nice upgrade for you.
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Yeah, can't go wrong with the BB7's.
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Man, now i am starting to wonder if I should replace my brakes with Avid SL brakes. They go for about $60.00. Would I be better off buying cheap bottom line disc brakes like the Avid BB7 Disc Brake 08' since they are the same price?
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Going disc means disc specific wheel build...now you're going to a whole 'nother realm of cost from a simple break lever upgrade

EDIT: BB7's are actually quite nice...
Like the man says...BB7's are sweet! I have a set I've been running for 1-1/2 years, and a buddy has a set that's 3 years old; both still work perfectly. So the "[B]cheap bottom line disc[B]" description is way off. FYI, BB7's are the top of the line when it comes to mechanical discs.

You want cheap bottom line discs, get a set of Promax's off a Wal-Mart bike.

Now, as to your original question....

Get the SD's, or like someone else said, XTR's used somewhere (good luck).
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Oh, and go for the SD7 levers and BB7 brakes, they're great.
+1 for the Avid Speed Dials and the BB7's. You will notice a significant improvement. The little red knob on the lever allows you to adjust the modulation some which is beautiful...make sure to read the instructions and play around with it to see what sort of feel you like.

Mechanical disc brakes also have the benefit of being easier to maintain for those of us who are ...um...less mechanically inclined.
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Mechanical disc brakes also have the benefit of being easier to maintain for those of us who are ...um...less mechanically inclined.
Not necessarily true. I've had some Hayes Nines (hydraulic) going on three years. Maintenance: zero. There are many here who share this kind of opinion. It is a silly fallacy that hydros are fraught with maintenance woes, lines snag on trees, fluid blows, etc..
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You can always go the dirtbag cheapie route and shim the levers, if possible with what you have.

Get some disc caliper shims from your local shop, pop the lever pins/pivots out, and shime a bit, then pop everything back in.

Has worked for me with many different brake levers in the past.
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