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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’ve tried hope mini pro’s spongey and formula k18’s wooden in comparison. First, you will need brake pads and the proper tools. I definitely prefer the feel of hydros, though, and in my experience I have gotten more stopping power out of my hydros than mechs.

Nationals Zachary SchusterDecember 29, Pedro McBride useful for the new bike. Then rotate the caliper arm so that it presses the movable pad in and clamps the rotor between the indtallation.

To install the new pads or the old onessimply reverse the removal process. Furthermore, if you’re going to dispute someone’s claims, please have some semblance of evidence in the contrary with which to back up your statement.

It was exactly my situation as well: This will ensure that the wheel is in the frame straight, something that can be hard to do when the bike is in the work stand. If you doubt your skills, take the bike indtallation your local shop and have them do the work for you. A hydraulic brake replaces a cable with hydraulic lines, and adds a master cylinder at the lever.


Now repeat those steps for the outside pad adjuster. Here is what it looks like from the “top” looking toward the axle: Because the pad dissolves away, you will need to replace your brake pads every so often. Most often disc brakes will howl in wet conditions. After much frustration, I finally looked at the pad and the clip in that side view and realized that the “ears” on the top of the pad need to be forced gently past the narrow, re-entrant part of the cap expanding the cap outward as they pass.

I’m pretty sure division isn’t commutative. Do not clamp the cable at this point.

Mechanical Mondays: Setting Up Your Mechanical Disc Brakes Correctly

Thank you so much! It isn’t always the disc brake that is making the noise. As your pads wear, simply use the pad adjusters to compensate for the wear. Put down the box for the BB7s. In order to gain a proper understanding of disc brake setup, we need to have a full familiarity of the parts which avjd a disc brake.

Pull on the brake lever to make sure that there is no slack. On the Salsa Vaya, with the cap installed, I can only get the pads installatkon the way in about one in fifty tries–usually one or the other pad will not go all the way in.


This pad is attached to an arm on the caliper.

Tech Tuesday – Avid BB7 Cable Disk Brake Setup

If you don’t fit the cables cleanly they let mud and water in and then they’re useless. Installafion the Pro Class: In either case, the essential setup goal is the same. There is a trick: Like any other disc brake on the market, they require upkeep, whether that be bleeding or changing cables.

BB7’s are the best you can get for a mechanical brake, no doubt.

Tech Tuesday – Avid BB7 Cable Disk Brake Setup – Pinkbike

For brakes that do not have an individual outboard pad adjuster, you will need to use the caliper arm instead of the outboard pad adjuster. The Avid Full Metal Jacket system uses cable interruptions to its advantage by filling the housing gaps with metal tubing.

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.

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