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Avid Elixir 5 Disc Brake

Average User Rating: (Very Good)
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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    “Cheaply made yet capable brake.”

    The Good: Power, split bar attachment, lever design good, universally available pads and brake fluid, easy to bleed.

    The Bad: Modulation a little on/off, made of cheap aluminum housing and steel bolts, rear brake howl and suspicious of taper-bore.

    Overall Review:

    These are cheaply made, 'Made in China' brakes with a fragile aluminum housing more at home of cheap window frames. Despite this these brakes really do have enough stopping power even compared with pretty good 2 caliper brakes, however it is very hard to find the point between on and off on the rear especially on 180mm and larger rotors, and the rear brake has a tendency to howl, but one day you change something and it goes away temporarily or permanently. In fact it might be a good idea to have one of these on the front for power and a BB7 on the back. The Taperbore technology whist weight saving seems to be an inadequate size of reservoir which shows itself when you change the pads, the fluid is then pushed higher up the system and the brakes firm up. I was also able to get a much better bleed than factory fairly easily which means they weren't particularly well bled from new. The pad retaining bolts are made of soft steel and have rounded out and I'm worried I won't be able to remove these when I try to use my next (4th) set of pads

    “Plenty of power, but poor modulation”

    The Good: Raw stopping power is more than enough for trail riding. Split clamp makes installation easy (no need to remove grips or shifters).

    The Bad: Modulation is lacking. Noisy.

    Overall Review:

    These brakes certainly have the power for even the steepest trails. The drawback is that modulation is not on par with Shimano's current offerings. It took me quite a while to find the sweet spot in the lever stroke where I could avoid locking up the rear wheel on steep descents. Once you find it, the brakes work well enough, but they never modulate as well as the Shimano brakes I've ridden recently. If you rely on finessing the brakes delicately to get you through technical sections, you should try Avid's higher-end offerings, or switch to Shimano. That said, they've kept me in control through some gnarly trails, even though they can be a bit noisy under hard braking, and I have confidence in their ability to slow me down in a hurry.

    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry


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    Miscellaneous Elixir 5 offers the same ride quality as higher-end Elixirs, in a simplerpackage. With features like modulation-enhancing TaperBoreTechnology, powerful two-piece caliper design and easy access tooledreach adjust, this brake offers the best power and control in its class. PreBled 2 piston caliper Taperbore Technology Deep Stroke Modulation Tri-align caliper for a no-rub setup Ambidextrous Includes lever, caliper, hose, mounting hardware and rotor Approximate weight 392 grams Hose length front 850mm, rear 1600mm
    Price $99.00
    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry