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Avid BB7 Brake Pads? #5460503 06/23/20 07:28 AM
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t1snwrbrdr12 Offline OP
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I used to swap work (automotive) for bike parts and work. Long story short, bike mechanic traded me work. He installed a new fork (steer tube too short, wouldn’t stay right on my bike due to not being able to use a it made me question his ability), and avid bb7 mechanical disc brakes.

Ever since the brakes have been noisy, but they work so I never tinkered with them. And it’s a mountain bike so on trails I didn’t really care how loud I was.

Been riding the bike lately with family around the neighborhood so I wanted to quiet it down if possible. I checked and the pads have a ton of material still. They were adjusted so that one side would contact the rotor and flex the rotor to the point it’d finally contact the other pad.

I got that all adjusted. Lightly sanded the rotor and pads, and all was quiet for one ride. Then right back to squealing it’s [censored] off.

Are there better pads to run with these? I’m sure it’s just whatever pad avid includes with the brakes.

Re: Avid BB7 Brake Pads? [Re: t1snwrbrdr12] #5460527 06/23/20 08:13 AM
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Re: Avid BB7 Brake Pads? [Re: t1snwrbrdr12] #5460596 06/23/20 09:52 AM
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yeah EBC green are really good for JRA. just don't go lift assisted and you should be fine smile

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Re: Avid BB7 Brake Pads? [Re: t1snwrbrdr12] #5461446 06/24/20 12:04 PM
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There's a reason that's an Avid brake lever...
The BB7s are good brake for cable discs but they were designed/made in a period when Avid was known for noisy brakes.
Clean rotor, clean pads (once contaminated they are difficult to get clean again), and with everything properly aligned they should be quiet most of the time. Get them dirty or wet or, god forbid, simply look at them while holding anything that might get lube on the rotors and hello turkey gobble.

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