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    single digit 5 vs. single digit 7. MUCH difference??

    how do the 2 compare? Mainly just the weight and the pad quality?
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    Not even pad quality....

    the "standard" pads on the 5s are made of the same material as on the 7s. The big difference is in the the way the pads are replaced. The 7s come with the Avid Rim Wrangler 2 cartridge pads that make pad replacement a snap. Once you have the pads set up and aligned you never have to do it again if you don't remove the pad holders or change rims. With the 5s you replace the pad is replaced as a unit so you have to re-align. There is a bit of a difference in the cable pinch bolt, 7s use an angled bolt interface, the 5s use a vertical configuration. Another slight difference is in the noodle boot. The 7s use a "mini boot" the 5s use a traditional (longer) boot. The mini boot stays put better than the traditional boot. Also you are looking at a slight weight difference. The 5s weigh 210g per set, the 7s weigh 185g per set. And finally the SD7s come with stainless steel hardware and a bit heavier return spring, the SD5s come with plated steel hardware.

    So with all that said the differences are slight. But the differences are nice touches. One of the best upgrades that can be done to the SD5 is setting them up with the RW2 cartridge pads. Other than that the brakes pretty much perform the same. The SD7 is just a nicer brake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squash
    the "standard" pads on the 5s are made of the same material as on the 7s. The big difference is in the the way the pads are replaced. The 7s come with the Avid Rim Wrangler 2 cartridge pads that make pad replacement a snap. Once you have the pads set up and aligned you never have to do it again if you don't remove the pad holders or change rims. With the 5s you replace the pad is replaced as a unit so you have to re-align. There is a bit of a difference in the cable pinch bolt, 7s use an angled bolt interface, the 5s use a vertical configuration. Another slight difference is in the noodle boot. The 7s use a "mini boot" the 5s use a traditional (longer) boot. The mini boot stays put better than the traditional boot. Also you are looking at a slight weight difference. The 5s weigh 210g per set, the 7s weigh 185g per set. And finally the SD7s come with stainless steel hardware and a bit heavier return spring, the SD5s come with plated steel hardware.

    So with all that said the differences are slight. But the differences are nice touches. One of the best upgrades that can be done to the SD5 is setting them up with the RW2 cartridge pads. Other than that the brakes pretty much perform the same. The SD7 is just a nicer brake.

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