Avid is proud to introduce the new Elixir 9 Trail and Elixir 7 Trail hydraulic disc brakes. Together with X0 Trail, they form the Avid Trail Family, the key to more power and control with less weight and zero fuss. Each Avid Trail brake features monster all-mountain power courtesy of a new 4-piston, dual-diameter caliper design. And with weights dipping below 350 grams, each of these three models gives up nothing when it’s time to climb. With riders seeking do-it-all machines that can float up steep climbs, devour rough descents and go further and faster than ever before, trail bikes are becoming more and more capable. Braking performance is part of the progression. The Avid Trail Series is too.
Avid's Elixir 9 and 7 Brakes Explained
|We launched this new family of Avid brakes with the X0 Trail model last year. The ideas and technology behind that brake were extremely well received, and we're excited to be expanding that type of performance into two more Trail models, the Elixir 9 and Elixir 7. - James Alberts, Avid product manager|
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First Ride - Elixir 9 Trail Brakes www.sram.com/avid
We spent two days riding Avid's new Elixir 9 Trail brakes in Sedona, Arizona, and came away from impressed with their performance. This isn't a surprise to us, though, given that we have many months of solid riding on their more expensive X0 Trail stoppers. The three major performance talking points - outright power, initial bite, and modulation - seemed to equal that of their pricier brother, which is saying a lot given that the Elixir 9 Trails go for $169 USD compared to the X0's $234 USD buy in. The 9s carry the same adjustment features as well, with both contact point and reach being tuneable, although tweaking the reach on the 9s does require the use of a tool. We have always been big fans of proper sealed bearing lever pivots, a setup that yields next to no annoying lever flop in the long run, and the Elixir 9 Trails make use of a more run of the mill pin and bushing layout (The X0s employ bearings). That said, it does take quite a bit of use before one wears out their lever bushings.
If we needed to purchase a new set of brakes and had to decide between the $234 X0s and the $169 Elixir 9s, what would be choose? Given that the 9s go for $65 USD less per end than the X0s, the mere 10 gram weight penalty for each brake, and the matching performance, we'd likely end up with a pair of Elixir 9 brakes on our bike, if not the even more affordable 7s.