Avid Single Digit 7 Brake 2013
Making brakes that slow down a bike is easy. But making them light, powerful, efficient, adjustable and ergonomically perfect for your hand takes a lot of experience and smart design. That's the stuff that Avid has made look so easy for 16 years.
I have been using these brakes for years and plan on using them for Direct Pull / V-style brake needs in the future. These brakes are intelligently thought out and well designed, the tension springs run on a small roller mounted on a metal pin on the backside of the individual arms. The noodle is a nice unit which has the little wiper / boot which the cable passes through. The mounting hardware appears to be stainless as well as the cable fixing bolt I have seen no signs of corrosion. The pads which come with this set are the kind which slide into the holder and are retained via a metal clip making replacement easy, quick, and very inexpensive. The pads are also grabby and free of squeal if properly setup. If you are running a bike using rim brakes, these brakes are worth it.
Great brakes. Easy set-up. Stop great.
If you are in the market for good brakes at minimal cost, SD7's are the way to go. They deliver solid braking power and won't empty your wallet.