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Avid Elixir 9 Disc Brake (discontinued)

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LOUD Comfortable Stoppers

The Good:

Easy reach and pad contact adjustment, lots of power modulation, 2012 model has better reliability than previous years

The Bad:

Unstoppable squeal that gets almost unbearable when wet. Power modulation isn't for everyone

Overall Review:

I have really mixed feelings about these brakes.

On the one hand, the feel at the lever is awesome. The pull is buttery smooth and the pad contact and lever reach adjustments let you easily dial in your ideal setup. These brakes also hold up very well to sustained steep descents. I have discolored the rotors on a couple of occasions and felt very little fade in the process. The power is there with these stoppers but youdefinitely have to pull on the levers to feel it. Certainly not an on/off brake like the new Shimano offerings.

On the other hand, I have never owned a set of brakes that make as much noise as these do. Even after a deep clean with sand paper and brake cleaner, the brakes are howling again after a few rides. I have adjusted and readjusted the caliper alignment and couldn't get these stoppers to quiet down. I have heard that switching to an organic pad can help in this department so I will try a different pad compound next to see if I can finally silence these squeakers! Seriously, it's that distracting.

Summary- Powerful brake with excellent lever feel and adjustability and very little fade but noisy as sh!t!


Product Avid Elixir 9 Disc Brake
Riding Type Cross Country, Dirt Jump / Slopestyle, Downhill, Freeride / Bike Park, Trail
Lever Material
Mount Style
Rotor Sizes 160mm
Rotor Mounting
Fluid Type DOT 5.1
Weight N/A
Miscellaneous The featherweight Avid Elixir 9(TM) disc brake offers the reliable performance you've come to expect from the Elixir family of disc brakes, and it also offers tool-free adjustment. The Avid Elixir 9 disc brake features a tool-free adjument for reach and contact point; allowing instant personalization in the shop or on the trail. Taperbore Technology(TM) supplies excellent control and enhances feedback for great feel; integrated reservoir provides a clean, sleek look. Get more forceful braking with less effort with the Power Reserve Geometry design, which places the lever pivot point closer to your fingers' natural motion. Stiff 2-piece caliper uses DOT 5.1 brake fluid which increases heat resistance on the large, powerful pistons for consistent power that doesn't fade away as things heat up. Tri-Align(TM) system makes installing and adjusting brake a snap and ensures the caliper is always centered and straight over the rotor. Brake pads load from the top so changing them is about as easy as it gets. Avid Elixir 9 disc brake includes 1 lever, 1 caliper, hydraulic line and a 160mm rotor; choose from front or rear.
Price $24
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