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    Avid BB7 for 2010 Marin Alpine Trail?

    Hey guys,

    Brand new to this site and new to the sport of mountain biking. I recently purchased a 2010 marin apline trail 26in mountain bike and I am looking to upgrade the brakes from the standard Hayes MX4 to the Avid BB7s. My question though is will the BB7s work on my bike or will I have to find special brackets in order to install them on my bike?

    Any help in regards to this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    They'll work great. They mount the same as the MX4: post-style. The front brake will bolt straight on and the adapter on your current rear brake should work fine for the BB7.

    Since you're upgrading, if your current brake levers don't have some sort of leverage/modulation adjustment, I'd recommend one of Avid's SD models. You'll be able to make that brake feel however you want it to!

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    Awesome, thanks a lot and appreciate the tip about the Avid SD levers!

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    BB7s are super adjustable which I think is their biggest strength. They have above average braking power. Probably the best mechanical disc brake on the market.

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    To paraphrase yoda, there is no probably, avid bb7 IS the best mechanical disc brake on the market.
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    The only shame is, the best parts that match up with them -- XTR cables and ceramic pads -- are becoming SCARCE. I ran this setup for a few years, and the feedback from that combo is AWESOME! I still have the ceramic pads, and they're still kicking after 4 years -- just wish the XTR's would have been as durable.

    I'm sure it's just me, but the only thing I'd replace BB7's with are Code R's.
    A bike is the only drug with no bad side effects....

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    BB7 are good. Can't go wrong.

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