2013 Avid BB7 Road SL mechanical disc brake with titanium hardwareSpotted in Easton’s booth at Eurobike, Avid just couldn’t seem to wait until their planned release at Interbike to show off the new BB7 Road SL (RSL) mechanical disc brakes.

Official word is they’re 25g lighter than the standard BB7 Road versions thanks to titanium hardware and alloy backed brake pads that use a special new lightweight organic compound. It gets a “Falcon Gray” finish that should match up well with their road groups. The BB7 RSL brakes will available aftermarket with 140mm and 160mm HS1 rotors and include titanium rotor bolts. They should start shipping in November for $170/set (€152).

The 25g weight savings is per wheel and just for the caliper according to SRAM’s road PR manager. That means a 50g combined savings…not insignificant considering the starting weight. Claimed weight for the standard BB7 Road is 329g with 160mm rotor. Taking into account the 11g savings from the standard model’s CleanSweep rotors to the HS1 (160mm, photo proof after the break), you’re looking at close to 75-80g savings when it’s all said and done. As if it needs saying, they’re approved for cyclocross, too.

Alongside the new brakes, SRAM’s offering a new Slickwire Road Brake XL cable set, click through to see why you want it…

Avid Cleansweep and HS1 disc brake rotors actual weights for 160mm

Fortunately, we just happened to have a set of Avid’s rotors laying around. At left, the Clean Sweep at 102g and the newer HS1 at 91g, both 160mm. Add in the ti mounting bolts and you’ve got a few grams to add something fun.

SRAM Slickwire XL road bike brake cables and housing

Designed to enhance the performance of their (or others’) mechanical brakes, it has reinforced compressionless housing and comes in 30% lighter than standard wound cable housing. The idea is to improve modulation and response time, and SRAM says they’ll work great with standard rim brake calipers, too, particularly benefitting larger frames that might run longer cable sections. They come with aluminum SRAM ferrules, rubber frame protectors and PTFE coated 1.6mm cables for $45 (€40). Also ships in November.



  1. CW on

    Sram has had that cable set listed for a while now. Looks to be exactly the same as the jagwire racer kit, which works pretty darn good for the money.

  2. Todd on

    Right so, that housing looks identical to the Jagwire kits. The coil part is for the tight bend on the drop bars, then straight for the long haul to the back. It worked great when I built up my 2009 Tarmac SL2. As for the brakes, I do like the polished look of them. I have the old ones on my CX bike now, and they look like they were dropped right out a die cast mold without a single trip through the tumbler.

  3. Mark W. on

    so all they did was change the hardware for you, and give you a different rotor.
    still not that light of rotor, you might as well buy the XX or XO rotors if you are looking for real weight savings.

    This is the same caliper with different screws and a different color, there is nothing ‘SL’ about this.

    Come on SRAM, release the hydro road levers or get us a disc caliper that has something better than stuff i can do my self.

  4. Brandon on

    Mark W.: The rotor that comes with the new Road SL IS the X.0 rotor. Avid doesn’t recommend the use of XX rotors with BB7’s because the XX rotor is a 2-piece design.

    This is the same caliper with different screws, a different color, and a different rotor. That’s makes it lighter. Hence a new model. Fortunately the price “only” doubled, so it’s no big deal.

  5. plebs on

    Why do road bikes tend to be cable actuated? Surely internal cable routing under bar tape would make it more advantageous than on an mtb, and you could have even more serpentine routes (actually through the bar and stem, out the back of the steerer?)


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