Avid Speed Dial Ultimate
While Avid may be best known for their mechanical disc brakes these days, they have always been known for their brake levers. The brainchild of Wayne Lumpkin, Avid was purchased by SRAM in 2004 and they continue to produce some of the most popular and arguably best-performing brakes on the market.
At the top of their cable-actuated mountain bike brake levers line are the $241 Speed Dial Ultimate brake levers. Exquisitely machined from 7075 aluminum, the levers feature Avid’s patented “speed dial” leverage adjustment, as well as standard barrel adjusters and reach adjustment. The range of adjustments afforded by the combination of the three is seemingly limitless.
The split clamp makes installation easier, and enables you to switch brakes from regular to “moto” without removing your grips, should the need arise.
The levers hinge on sealed cartridge bearings, which adds to the 159g weight, but prolongs the lifespan and ensures a smooth feel. I must admit, I was a bit disappointed that the levers have a bit of “slop” at the pivot, but this is only noticeable when you’re standing around showing off your top-of-the-line brake levers. On the bike, the small amount of vertical play is negligible.
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