Avid Single Digit 7 V-Brake 2014
Making brakes that slow down a bike is easy. But making them light, powerful, efficient and adjustable takes a lot of experience and smart design. That's the stuff that Avid has made look easy for the last 17 years. If you're still using V-brakes to save weight or money, the Single Digit 7 is a light and powerful option.
There's not a ton to say about these V-brakes. They're fairly light, they're well-built, the stock pads are pretty decent, and they work. Now, the question is are these worth the extra money compared to a less expensive option? Well...yes and no. Compared to the cheapest options: absolutely. Compared to something around 15-20 bucks: not really. Sure, these absolutely look nice than a slightly lower-end offering, but...beyond that they don't really add much. The mini-boot does help with lowering friction a bit, but not a whole lot. Quality cables do more for that than anything. The only area on these that I'd say are definitely better than a bit cheaper brake are the adjustment screws. The allen-head screws are much more secure and less likely to strip than the phillips screws most brakes will use. But other than that, save a few bucks and get a set of $20 deore's, SD5's, tektro's, or anything else around that price point!