For the sheer economy of these brakes they can't be beat. They stop good and offer basic functionality for an entry level brake. The Avid FR-5 will suit you well for mechanical disc brake or V-brake set-ups. Replacing a cable in these couldn''t be easier with the slotted barrel adjuster and lever body. Simply squeeze your brakes together and slide the cable out of the lever. The FR-5s also let you get the lever just the perfect distance away from the bar with the reach adjust set screw.
Ambidextrous alumimum body
Brake Lever Actuation
Brake Lever Use
Pair, Right / Left
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4.8 GEARS 6 reviews
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These work great, But the picture of the black ones are not the same, mine don't have a raised "Avid" logo in black, they are flat with the avid name in a silver stencil, nothing a sharpie couldn't fix.
About as simple a lever as you can find, these are race-level light, and crazy cheap without sacrificing braking performance. Coming from old nameless levers on an old beater, these are smoother and stronger than the late 90s XT integrated levers on my (now ex-) main bike as well. There's nothing flashy about the FR-5 levers, but that's part of their appeal. They're simple, solid levers that compete on price with Tektro's low end. I have nothing bad to say about them.
I originally bought a single pair for a cheapness-as-theft-deterrent bike, but now I keep several in my workshop in case I bend a lever in a crash or a friend's bike needs a little more braking power. These are essentially the SD-7s, but without the speed dial (and associated weight).
These levers came installed on my mountain bike. They are good, they have the same similar feel as the Speed Dial 7 brakes from Avid. They are easy to adjust and powerful. The do feel a little more flexy then the Speed Dial 7s, but for a cheaper alternative, these brakes are great.