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short pull lever with avid bb7?

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  1. manhattanprjkt83

    manhattanprjkt83 Rusty Trombone

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    Quick shout to the board to see if guys have run a short pull mini style bmx lever with the avid disk brakes? Will it pull enough cable or do i need a full on mtb lever?

    Never really thought much about it but i would like to get a super small lever for my tonic.
     

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  2. veilsidefred11

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    i know that guy marsh rode a goldfinger or a lever like the gold finger on his howie and i dont tink its going to suck, the best way to know it is to try it
     
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    i am as well curious about this
     
  4. A Grove

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    It makes it feel mushy... no-dout. I've ran every ody monolever on my BB7 and liked the shorty the best. Power was DEFINITALLY there.. but it was just a bit mushy. But honestly, it modulated very well once you had it set to where you knew its pull. I liked it.. but switched to a juicy.

    If you run the avid road calipers, you can run BMX levers and get a crisp feel from them due to the fact the road calipers have shorter pull. I believe problem solvers make a tid-bit that is supposed to take shorter pull levers and allow them to be used on vee pull brakes? Correct me if I'm wrong....
     
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    i tried and its a no go... it felt mushier than jello
     
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    my homie (2 of them actually) run the gold fingers with the BB7's (may be BB5's) and their brakes are very firm, not sure why most of you have the mushy issue...
     
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    I had a thread similar to this awhile back. I ended up trying a bb7 with a monolever. I didn't like it... it felt waaaaay mushy.

    BMX v-brake levers will work. I used a sinz v-brake lever for a bit and it worked great. Now I'm using an avid lever.

    I think another option is to get the bb7 road caliper, instead of the mountain. I've heard it works with regular bmx levers.

    Edit: Oh, just saw somebody else mentioned the road caliper. Maybe I should read the whole thread.
     
  8. A Grove

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    They might be on road calipers...
     
  9. manhattanprjkt83

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    yeah i am trying to for that super tiny odyssey lever... i believe its called the m2...

    i have an xtr on there now which is nasty but i need my xtr set for something else...

    so mushy is the verdict? I am a bit of a brake nazi...:pirate2:
     
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    i thought the m2 was for gyros..
     
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    As mentioned the road version BB7 will work with a short pull lever.
     
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    r464 Turbo Monkey

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    Exactly. You need to get the correct version. It should be mentioned, however, that the BB7 Road still does not feel quite the same as the standard BB7 does with a linear-pull lever. I have owned pretty much every version and could feel a distinct difference.
     
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    I gotta say that I love my 08' BB7 with my 08' Speed Dial 7 lever. Feels awesome and the lever reach is perfect for me.
     
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    Anyone have any experience with a Tech 77 and a BB5?

    I think I might try the combo this weekend, but I'd like some feedback.
     
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    your right, that is what i do.

    road bb7 with shorty bmx lever

    road with normal long pull mtb lever very hard and one off.

    i like it like that too.
     
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    I've got an Odyssey AA lever available if anyone is interested. It's a bit larger than my old Mono-trigger, but not as big as like XT's or Avid's for example. Pull is meant for a V-brake, so it's linear and works with mech. discs.

    I've also run some old cheap Tektro v-brake lever with the BB-7.

    I always thought "M2" was for gyro's too, has a cable hole big enough for running dual cables.
     
  17. A Grove

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    the M2 IS meant for gyro's... I think he was speaking of the monolever's. I honestly thought that the monolever was satisfying enough to run it for a few months ;) I just got my geisha w/ 140mm rotor for my j7, and I'm lovin it!!
     
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    Recently mod'd out a FR5 that had seen some better days. Shortened the lever, reshaped to one finger. Also modified the barrel adjustment too. I'll most likely remove the raised avid logo and polish the barrel adjust/lever while painting the body, or polish the entire thing. THought OP might be interested to see this.
     
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    awesome, very nice. Similar to what I did with my old Tektro, but your lever blade looks nicer. Mine was also for 2 finger, not just one.
     
  20. A Grove

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    ...Meh. I've never liked the feel of those FR-5's... But hey, to every his own ;)
     
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    The FR5 isn't the best lever i agree. I don't prefer the feel but wanted a shorter lever, and didn't want to cut down and mod out a set of better levers that i have. (especially not knowing how the cast lever would react to shaping..) With a little patience i was able to cut, shape and form the lever to how i wanted it over a mandrel.
     
  22. manhattanprjkt83

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    just posting an update here i did go with the super tiny odyssey lever and the avid road brake 140mm road set up.

    It is a bit more spungy than my xtr bb7 setup but that thing was rock solid. Once i really scuff in the rotor and get them dialed i think they power will be just fine...So i give this setup a :thumb:

    Riding them in the park this weekend wasnt bad at all even with a brand new rotor/pad/cable setup (which usually sucks horribly):shocked:
     
  23. A Grove

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    I am quite the fan of my Ody short monolever with my MTN. BB7 caliper... But I DO plan on ordering a road caliper and hopefully give that a shot at rays once my frame gets done ;)
     
  24. manhattanprjkt83

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    yeah it is a nice clean little lever...

    My favorite cable levers of all time are the xtr v's though, that is what i had and hated to take it off but i needed them for another bike i was building up for my fixie habit