Avid have just sent us details of their new BB7 Road SL (RSL) cable-actuated disc brakes for both cyclocross and road riding. It’s yet more evidence that road disc brakes are starting to get a firm handhold in the market.
The BB7 Road SL is said to be a lightweight upgrade from the original BB7. It comes with titanium hardware, alloy backing plates and a lighter organic friction pad material than the original for a 25g saving per wheel.
The BB7 RSL comes in a falcon grey anodized finish and will be available aftermarket from November with 140mm or 160mm HS1 rotor and titanium rotor bolts. We don’t have a UK price yet although, to give you an idea, it’ll be €152 on the Continent.
You can use the brakes with SRAM’s new SlickWire Road Brake XL Cable Kit – SRAM and Avid being brand-mates. The cable kit comes with a reinforced compressionless housing that, SRAM say, means perfect response and modulation while being 30% lighter than a traditional wound brake housing.
The XL Cable Kit also works perfectly for larger road frames with rim brakes. It includes aluminum SRAM ferrules, rubber frame protectors and PTFE-coated 1.6mm cables. Again, we don’t have a UK price yet but it’ll be €40 when it goes on sale from November.
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