Avid AD 3 Brake Lever

DESCRIPTION

  • Forged Aluminum Handle
  • Designed to bend the handle, not damage the body

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Jun 02, 2008]
    archer
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    They work. Sturdy. Feel good to the fingertips. No slop like the cheaper Prolines that are standard OEM on most entry and mid level MTBs.

    Weakness:

    None, although more expensive levers may be more adjustable for lever reach and throw.

    These were OEM that came with the Big Sur. They have worked with no problems both on the Shimano V brakes that were on the bike and the BB7's I upgraded to not long ago. The clicking on release is not all bad as it lets people know you are there when you pop the levers rapidly.

    The two adjustments mentioned above are two positions you can insert the cable with a rubber block to keep it in the slot you choose. I switched mine when installing the BB7s to keep the handle further from the bars. Otherwise they have the barrel adjusters like most other mechanical brakes.

    I've gone down with the bike a few times and the levers are still tight and working fine even after clipping the top tube a little.

    I'm giving 4 Chilis for value because you can get more adjustment if price isn't an object but overall they are outstanding.

    Similar Products Used:

    Shimano Deore, various Proline mostly test ridden.

    [Mar 04, 2006]
    Holy Cromoly
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    3

    No nonsense levers that get do the job. If these come on your new bike, ride them til they break or develope too much slop like mine did. Lasted me two years (came as OE on my old Jamis Dakar) and have been on 3 bike builds. Worked well with my Avid mechs. After 2 years now, they have too much slop and I finally retired them and will probably donate them to the local bike co-op. If you are building a new bike, do not get these. The extra money for the SD7 levers are well worth it.

    [Jan 06, 2002]
    Alex
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    2 settings for the cable

    Weakness:

    heavy

    great lever for any rider, great value also. they definitly beat shimano's LX levers.

    [Feb 22, 2004]
    Andrew Prommer
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Look awesome, 2 seyting adjustments, feel good, lots of room for 1 or 2 fingers, responsive!!

    Weakness:

    None as yet

    Great Levers for the money, there is absolutely no way to hars bash them. As for other reviewers, there is 2 settings, when you pull the lever all the way down, at the spot you put the bacle into, there should be a c-slot, marked hi and lo, to which you can move for disc brakes or v brakes. or just your personal feel, look great and you cant go wrong with avid.

    Similar Products Used:

    Shimano, Hayes

    [Jul 16, 2006]
    Ryan
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Affordable, comfortable, durable, powerful.

    Weakness:

    None

    I have used these levers for over three years, and i have no complaints. They are pretty smooth, look good, and have a nice comfortable shape. I have crashed, and put some scuffs on them, but they sill work great. The black finish is actually wearing off the lever blades, just from a lot of use. They have developed some up/down play as others have mentioned, but it does not affect the function of braking in any way as far as i am concerned.

    I used these initially with HMX1 brakes, and now with BB7s. They pulled the cable, and held up to lots of riding. that is all i asked from them, and they delivered. I definitely like the BB7 setup much more. They have a lighter feel due to the adjustable spring tension.

    In conclusion, i am satisfied with this product.

    Similar Products Used:

    Promax, Hayes.

    [Jul 12, 2001]
    Jacob

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    made by good company, strong, cumfortible

    Weakness:

    squishy, the rivets get loose

    these are great levers for there price. as the bottom line of avid they certainly beat shimano's bottom line and for a better price.

    Similar Products Used:

    none

    [Jul 30, 2001]
    Glen Murphy
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    Plastic doesn't freeze your fingers on cold mornings.

    Weakness:

    Squishy.

    Kinda 'squishy' feel, doesn't seem to have much pull, doesn't have much in the way of adjustment options. No complaints, no compliments. Average.

    Similar Products Used:

    Some other stock short-lever

    [Jan 07, 2004]
    tony
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    price, stregth, feel

    Weakness:

    none

    great for the money. i moved up from old plastic shimano. big difference. great leverage for one or two finger shifting. adjustment screw provides adgustment of the distance from the handlebar (great feature). also can set up leverage on the cable for greater feel (less leverage) or more poser (more leverage). difference between this an upper models is that leverage positions can be changed on the fly and not only on set up. I don't think the difference warants additional $.

    Similar Products Used:

    shimano

    [Aug 16, 2003]
    Russell Ruggiero
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Build

    Weakness:

    No Adj.


    Dear
    Reader

    The Avid AD 3 is a true value. It is forged, looks good, and low priced. I have these levers with Shimano XTR shifters on my Trek STP 200. Sure, you can lose 30 grams for three times the price with Avid's top on the line offering, but the AD 3 is just a great bargin product. I like separate brake levers and shifters. Hence, my decision to go from Shimano LX to the Avid AD 3 and Shimano XTR duo.

    Thank You
    Russ


    PS: Forged is forged is forged. Why pay more?

    Similar Products Used:

    Shimano XT

    [Mar 27, 2002]
    Mike
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Nice feel when braking. Very positive reactions

    Weakness:

    Loud Clicking if brake levers are released after applying brakes

    When used in conjunction with avid CPS mechanical discs these are so responsive you are liable to go over the bars.
    Avid could do with making some sort of silencing on the release of the brake to stop the "clicking" sound.
    Dont understand what one of the other reviewers was talking about "2 settings" on his brakes. The only adjustments I have found on the levers is the standard cable tensioners.
    If you are after a cheap set of levers which will be responsive, these are them!

    Similar Products Used:

    Shimano Deore's and LX

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