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  • The Force Vector Alignment™ design reduces boss movement and ensures that increased energy reaches the rim
  • Oversized linear spring provides positive centering with less tension, resulting in a lighter action
  • Overcoat™ boot system keeps the noodle from falling victim to damage from wear and tear
  • Replaceable Rim Wrangler 2 high-performance pads are long lasting

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Specs

Best Use Mountain Biking
Brake Type Rim Brake
Material(s) Forged aluminum
Weight 185 grams
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great Brake system. before hand i had stock v brakes, they were the avid single digit 3 brakes or the avid sd-3 brakes. when I upgraded to these i had better braking power than a friend of mine who has some cheap hydralic disc brakes... granted i keep my v brakes tighter than average. IMO great brakes, however i used them last summer and moved for college, took my roadie and havent been using my mountain bike, so durability wise I wouldnt know.
Date published: 2013-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soooooooooo much better than than no name brakes Replaced the stock brakes on my wife's bike. What a world of difference! The SD-7s were just about centered after bolting thme in. A slight turn of the adjusting screws had them just about perfect. And they stay adjusted! I guess I got used to the stock breakes - every pull of the lever seemed to yank them out of alignment. Now I can adjust the brake arms closely so they engage with the initial pull of the leverls.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great performing V brakes Love these brakes. I have tried SD 5 before, although they modulated well and were super quiet, I wanted a little more stopping power. I was not dissappointed with the SD 7! Immediately I felt more stopping power, firmer and smoother overall lever feel (which I'm suprised since the arm design is very similar to the SD 5). They can be a little noisy at times, but nothing like howling or squealing. They do not modulate as easily as the SD 5, possible since the 20R on those are a softer compound. But, paired with the SD7 levers with the adjustable leverage, it helped that department a lot. All in all, I am very pleased with the performance of these brakes, am glad I paid extra over the SD 5, and will definately go with them again if I build another bike with V brakes. Another thing I noticed is how easily it was to get the tension between the arms right on the money which has not been the case with lower end Tektro, and Deore level V brakes.
Date published: 2011-06-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Worked Great Until They Broke. Great brakes, just be VERY careful when pulling them back to change pads or remove wheel. I tried pulling mine open to free my wheel and the springs broke.
Date published: 2009-10-03
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Could I use these to replace the cantilever brakes on my old mountain bike (which is now the burley bike with the kids)?

Asked by: MNSS
This will depend on how the brakes attached to the bike frame originally. We suggest visiting a local bike shop.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-20
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great Brake system. before hand i had stock v brakes, they were the avid single digit 3 brakes or the avid sd-3 brakes. when I upgraded to these i had better braking power than a friend of mine who has some cheap hydralic disc brakes... granted i keep my v brakes tighter than average. IMO great brakes, however i used them last summer and moved for college, took my roadie and havent been using my mountain bike, so durability wise I wouldnt know.
Date published: 2013-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soooooooooo much better than than no name brakes Replaced the stock brakes on my wife's bike. What a world of difference! The SD-7s were just about centered after bolting thme in. A slight turn of the adjusting screws had them just about perfect. And they stay adjusted! I guess I got used to the stock breakes - every pull of the lever seemed to yank them out of alignment. Now I can adjust the brake arms closely so they engage with the initial pull of the leverls.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great performing V brakes Love these brakes. I have tried SD 5 before, although they modulated well and were super quiet, I wanted a little more stopping power. I was not dissappointed with the SD 7! Immediately I felt more stopping power, firmer and smoother overall lever feel (which I'm suprised since the arm design is very similar to the SD 5). They can be a little noisy at times, but nothing like howling or squealing. They do not modulate as easily as the SD 5, possible since the 20R on those are a softer compound. But, paired with the SD7 levers with the adjustable leverage, it helped that department a lot. All in all, I am very pleased with the performance of these brakes, am glad I paid extra over the SD 5, and will definately go with them again if I build another bike with V brakes. Another thing I noticed is how easily it was to get the tension between the arms right on the money which has not been the case with lower end Tektro, and Deore level V brakes.
Date published: 2011-06-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Worked Great Until They Broke. Great brakes, just be VERY careful when pulling them back to change pads or remove wheel. I tried pulling mine open to free my wheel and the springs broke.
Date published: 2009-10-03
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Questions & Answers

Could I use these to replace the cantilever brakes on my old mountain bike (which is now the burley bike with the kids)?

Asked by: MNSS
This will depend on how the brakes attached to the bike frame originally. We suggest visiting a local bike shop.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-20
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