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    Default Avid BB7 SL?

    Anyone think it is such a vast improvement over the non-SLs that it is worth almost $100 clams more? Yea, I know it's almost half the weight of the regular BB7s. I haven't decided yet but I'm leaning toward saving the duckets. My future CX disc bike won't win any bikini contests as it will be a porker.

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    Half the weight, I thought the new SL's were more or less the same brake, but in silver, with 25g saved in Ti hardware and aluminum backed brake pads. Not sure I would pay $100 more for 25g savings personally, but then again, I liked polished stuff and they look a lot nicer than normal BB&'s, so I probably would in the name of aesthetics :)

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    Default Re: Avid BB7 SL?

    Quote Originally Posted by nspace View Post
    Half the weight, I thought the new SL's were more or less the same brake, but in silver, with 25g saved in Ti hardware and aluminum backed brake pads. Not sure I would pay $100 more for 25g savings personally, but then again, I liked polished stuff and they look a lot nicer than normal BB&'s, so I probably would in the name of aesthetics :)
    HA!!!! That is what you get for reading!!!! :)

    OK, I need to go back to elementary school. I saw on their website that the weight was 170gms but didn't catch that it was for caliper only, while the listed weight for the non-SL was 329 but included the caliper, mount, and rotor!! What a cheap trick those suckers are pulling!! Pulling the wool over dumbasses like me!!!!

    I'm definitely going for the regular ones. I like shiny bits too, but these things will be dirty all the time since I plan on using my CX disc bike as a commuter, gravelier, and tourer. Maybe a CX race or two if I get into it.

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    Default Re: Avid BB7 SL?

    a side note... sram groups are weighed sans all cables...
    shimano groups include cables..
    a cable set weighs approx 100g.

    you decide what it all means

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    Default Re: Avid BB7 SL?

    Improved rotor, too. Basically the same mechanically (or so I'm told).

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    They do look a little bit nicer.



    But you can pick up BB7 roads for what $45 online? Makes it a hard purchase. My BB7 roads are 5 years old this month, no problems at all.

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    Or you can spend $15/rotor on some airotors and save about the same weight.

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    a polished turd

    quite literally

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    I took the plunge and bought a set for my latest project. I was a little perplexed at the price difference between the BB7 and the BB7 SL. I like the color a lot better, though. I'm going to get another set for my Ted Wojcik and won't get the SLs. I exclusively use BB7s and really like them, though I wish they came with a cable adjuster.

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    Will be interesting to see the price come down and see what people are offering on ebay in a little while. There are a few sellers in China selling BB7 sets with G2/G3 rotors, adaptors, callipers, mounting hardware and cables for 2 wheels for about $100, which is pretty damn hard to beat. Polished turd, maybe, but I think they are a pretty damn good mechanical disc. I would have love aset of these last night while going through the frustrating process of bleeding my Magura Marta's...again.

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    Default Re: Avid BB7 SL?

    Quote Originally Posted by MisterDangerPants View Post
    I wish they came with a cable adjuster.

    Thread the arm for one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve garro View Post
    Thread the arm for one?
    - Garro.
    I have a tap & die set though I'm a little nervous about doing it myself!
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    Default Re: Avid BB7 SL?

    I didn't believe the price difference at first. I wonder if the old BB7 road will be gone once inventory clears? I'm running legacy BB7 road brakes on my touring bike and they work awesome even with my garbage housing and Tektro levers. Not as nice as a BB7 mountain with the snazzy Avid adjustable levers but pretty darn good. I think they would have a better reputation if they were easier to setup - there is a steep but very short learning curve. Would buy again and, for that matter, BB7s are the only Avid disc brake I would buy again.

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    Default Re: Avid BB7 SL?

    Quote Originally Posted by ryker View Post
    I didn't believe the price difference at first. I wonder if the old BB7 road will be gone once inventory clears? I'm running legacy BB7 road brakes on my touring bike and they work awesome even with my garbage housing and Tektro levers. Not as nice as a BB7 mountain with the snazzy Avid adjustable levers but pretty darn good. I think they would have a better reputation if they were easier to setup - there is a steep but very short learning curve. Would buy again and, for that matter, BB7s are the only Avid disc brake I would buy again.
    I highly recommend upgrading to compressionless housing. Life is too short not to. I have two bikes with BB7s, one with compressionless and the other without. The housing makes a big difference and not in a "seasoned cyclist sort of way" but in a way that an average person on the street could brake with both bikes and feel the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterDangerPants View Post
    I have a tap & die set though I'm a little nervous about doing it myself!
    The compressionless jagwire ripcord kit I use incluse incline barrel adjusters. Works fine.

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    Default Re: Avid BB7 SL?

    Install ti bolts to save a few grams. The caliper can be polished or painted:





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