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Avid launch BB7 Road SL disc brakes

New cable-actuated discs for the road market

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.


Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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