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BMX lever on Avid BB5

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I’ve seen some posts on various forums regarding the compatibility of BMX levers with cable disc brakes - non of which seem all that conclusive so I’m hoping  some of you may be able to help me out...

I have a MTB avid BB5 calliper up front with a MTB avid lever. Works exactly as I want it to, good modulation and just the right amount of bite. Pictures below to show the versions I have:

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However in a quest to make the bike look a bit more like a mid 90s BMX I’ve began polishing the bare metal rear magura and thought I would do the same for the front lever, when I stumbled across this which would save an awful lot of time and effort:

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My question (due to concerns raised on other forums) - will the BMX lever have enough movement to operate the calliper effectively?

I’ve read that some BMX levers are only suited to cantilever brakes etc that don’t require as much cable actuation as a V-brake or a cable disc (with the exception of roadie versions).

Thank you in advance for any advice offered up. 


 

 

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That looks pretty much the same as their regular SD-series levers. Think when people are talking about BMX levers not having the right kind of leverage/cable pull they usually mean this kind of thing that you'd typically use with a U-Brake:

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The pivots are usually in a different place to a V-Brake style lever, whereas if you check that SD2 compared to your FR5 (?) lever, they appear to be a similar configuration so it should be all good.

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13 minutes ago, Mark W said:

That looks pretty much the same as their regular SD-series levers. Think when people are talking about BMX levers not having the right kind of leverage/cable pull they usually mean this kind of thing that you'd typically use with a U-Brake:

tektro_TK-XL750-K-comp.jpg?w=1100%26h=11

The pivots are usually in a different place to a V-Brake style lever, whereas if you check that SD2 compared to your FR5 (?) lever, they appear to be a similar configuration so it should be all good.

Thanks Mark, that makes perfect sense and offers me reassurance as I’ve already ordered the lever from America haha.  
 

on another note, is it your arcade that’s red with the completely blacked out rims/tyres? If so how did you get the graphics removed from the tyres? And did you just spray over the logos on the rims? 

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Haha, I specialise in providing after-sales confidence support...

That is my Arcade, yeah. I just sprayed over everything. Pro as f**k. As I suspected, the paint has started flaking off the tyres due to the sidewall deformation, but it works fine on the rims. Halfords black paint works really well for covering up stuff like that on anodised black parts - you can't see where the logos used to be at all. I've done it on other rims in the past and it works fine long term too.

If you find a suitable way of getting rid of those Conti logos, feel free to shoot me a PM ;) 

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You could have a look at the BMX race brake lever. Race BMXs use either V-brakes or disc brakes.

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