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    Avid Speed Dial 7 VS Avid Speed Dial TI Brake Levers

    looking to upgrade my brake levers and have come across these 2 but cant seem to pick out the difference between the 2 of them:



    AVID Speed Dial 7

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    AVID Speed Dial Ti


    can anyone clarify for me?

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    Fucntionally there is....

    no difference between the two. Both use the ambidexterous mounting system, i.e. there is no right and left lever. Both have the speed dial feature etc. The difference comes in construction materials. The SD7 use primarily aluminum, and the SDTi uses titanium. The Ti's are a bit lighter. Either is an excelent brake lever. The 7 is functional and a good bang for the buck lever, the Ti is usually more expensive, but had the bling of Ti.

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    so basically they are both exactly the same except the AVID Speed Dial Ti are "lighter"

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    Quote Originally Posted by AeR0
    so basically they are both exactly the same except the AVID Speed Dial Ti are "lighter"
    Unless something had changed, the lever and body material are exactly the same aluminum pieces, but the Ti version used Ti hardware (pivots, bolts & nuts) while the SD7 used/uses steel.

    And be sure you're looking at the right model SD7 -- it's been through at least 3 revisions I know of, while the Ti was retired with the last version.

    I've got some sample weights in this thread, but I didn't have a Ti lever to include.

    >> The definitive Avid BB7 weight thread...

    It used to be that the Mag (87g ea) was their lightest lever (using a magnesium handle instead of aluminum), followed by Ti (93g according to weightweenies), then the SD7 (97g).

    But the current model SD7 (88g) is only a gram heavier than the Mag was, and the current model SL (76g) shaves 12g per side, making it lighter than the Ti or the famed Mag modified w/ Ti hardware (83g).

    I agree with Squash -- they all feel the same. In fact, even my cost-too-much SD Ultimates don't feel any different than the lowly SD5 once I hit the trail.
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    Those are the previous generation SD7. I'd look for a deal on the current model SL for not too much more. Either that, or don't worry about the weight since the differences are so minor.
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    For what it's worth, I bought the SD Ti's from the same seller as the auction above. Good seller for sure!
    As for the levers, they are fantastic! Now, I'm not flyin down mountains or anything close to that, but for my XC use, they are great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedub.Nate
    In fact, even my cost-too-much SD Ultimates don't feel any different than the lowly SD5 once I hit the trail.
    Yeah, it's amazing how good Avid's "low end" stuff is. I recently built a budget singlespeed and used SD5 brakes and FR-5 levers thinking I would probably regret it. But that setup feels just as good and is comparable in weight to the XT and SD7 setups I have on other bikes.
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    Same here. Bought the same ones from the same guy even I think about 1 year ago. I had them hooked to some V-brakes and the levers just rock. On Friday I'm installing the Avid BB7 disks on the same levers. Let's see what happens.

    They are light, they have all the adjustments you could possibly need and they look cool. Very, Very light (compared to my old levers what I believe to have been Tektros).

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