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 Great brake, super stopping power, they will save your butt for sure, some say they even have TOO much stopping power. They are a Tad heavy, but work great on the DH bikes, and the break-away lever design can be a lifesaver. With the Elixir becoming more popular, hopefully it drives the price on these down a bit. If you want the best stopping brake out there, but this, if you want something just alittle bit more powerful than the Juicy brakes, then buy the Elixirs.
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 Center-Mount Pad Contact-Point Adjustment | Three-cartridge- bearing lever pivot | Two-piece lever with cam breakaway | Upfront access reach adjustment | Aluminum cam | Magnesium lever body | Four-piston caliper | Anchored brake pads | Tri-Align Caliper Po
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 Hmm I have these on my scott gambler. They were great! Feel and power and adjustablitiy were so good. BUT I took a spill that wasn't even all that bad and the "Super Tough" lever bent. I rode the rest of the season out with a ben lever I just rotated the assembly so it was in the right spot and I just went to clean my bike up to sell it and the rear brake is locked up! I thinkn it's a problem with the master cylander, but I don't see how a bent lever would have caused it. It's been find riding like that for days. Something is messed up with it.
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 These has some serious stopping power. And tolerates long descends without loosing power. If you are used to hayes or whatever, when you gett this. Your arms suddenly does not get as fast tired as it did with your old brakes. Much more power for less finger effort.

Only negative thing i can say is that it needs regularly servicing on the caliper pistons if you ride allot in wet conditions. Cuz they actually rust. Only thing you need to do is take of the wheel, pop out those brake pads. Carefully press the pistons a little outwards while spraying with tf2 teflon spray. push the pistons back if they do not go in by them self with a non sharp tool. so you dont f... up the piston. If the pistons does not return when you push them out with a disc and pads in there. repeat the service with pushing it in and out while spaying teflon. And clean properly afterwards so you dont get any lubricant on the disc and pads.

If you do this once in a while the brake will work like a champ for a looong wile.
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 Amazing brake, quick bite, hoards of power, The braek away leaver design also help for those unfortunate clips. Only problem is it lacking a braided hose option, not that i can see its really needed. One of the top brakes money can buy, only Saint and top of the line Hope can match it.
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 absolutely awesome brake, never experienced brake fade, can be set up to very quick and sharp responce which is what i love. very comfortable lever deisgn and the galvanised finish looks well good. factory bleed isnt perfect and i did find some gunk stuff in the resovior which could have been stuff corroding from the basic hose, a good bleed and maybe even a goodridge kit would make these brakes the best ever sod v2's and formulas etc.
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 great braking power, once it's bleed properly, out of the box it was really bad bleeded! in a super fast track I had no brakes at full speed...!

had to bleed them 2-3 times myself before it stops fading...now it's all good but for top of the line brakes, I expected better stability. it's a pain to bleed.

I'll go with Shimano XT or Saint for my next brakes. so much easier to bleed!
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 After three years of riding those brakes still provide ultimate stopping power and are the most relaible I ever used. You'll love them especially if you weigh more than 90 kilos. Just remember to perform bleeding once a year and you're the winner.
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 definately the best dh break arround. after a hard day on a knarly mountain all my friends have sore hands, mine are fine. In fact, these are so powerful that ive moved them to the far side of my shifter so that i can only reach them with one finger, and have the red knob adjusted so it engages about 1" from the bar, i can still stoppie forever. awesome.
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 Best brake I've had so far. Strong, enduring and has little pad wear. Once you've gotten used to the bleeding procedure- you'll find it's genious. Never really had to use the CP-Adjuster, so if you don't need red anodised knobs on your rig- consider the code 5 instead.
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 these are great i got a pair about a month ago and i have been totaly amazed by them the only problem i have had is there was a problem with the front caliper and i pulled the lever and all the brake fluid came gushing out the bottom of the caliper
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 The levers are a little hard to get bled out but once you do these things will brake like crazy and never overheat on you. Add a set of straitline levers and you'll almost eleminate forearm and hand fatigue. Awesome performance!!!
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 Great upgrade for any DH or FR bike. These brakes work for me in all weather conditions and their clamping power is the best I've seen. I upgraded from Juicy 7s and felt a major difference. They seem to be unbreakable. -(for now Smile )
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 My god it is probably the best brake for a freeride bike. Everything about it is super amazing. From the cartridge bearing lever that for 2 years has developed absolutely no play, ease of adjustment and to the uber easy changing of pads.

I had a saw blade shaped rotor bend on me big time on a trail and the saw rotor cut into the brake shearing metal off the body and ripping the pads to shreds. Caliper is in perfect working condition. Extremely tough.

If you're choosing between the Juicy 7 and this, the real difference is that the Code has the extra power that if covered in mud and water will slam you to a stop still. I found that with my pair of juicys I was lacking this extra stopping power. Otherwise they're basically the same!

AMAZING BRAKE!
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 Strongly recomend for anyone looking for some serious stoping power, pad contact works wonderfully, stock organic pads wear out quick though. I swapped the stock ones out and put in some new metalic ones and some aftermarket straightline levers and these are by far the best brake iv ever ridden. One finger breaking with ease (even with my small hands)
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 Simply the best. Worth every penny. I've had no problems with my Codes started with just a front brake then realized how much better it was than my hayes brakes and had to buy the rear. Break in time was short and they were amazing even then. Definitly worth spending the extra money on.
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 I have the new R model based off the Elixxer taper bore tech. Damn these bitches could stop a freight train; I'm pushing 235lbs. The 1st HD brake that I've used that actually has modulation. Definitely a worth the cheddar spent.
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 These brakes will stop you on a dime, I have rode them down the Fort William DH WC track and they dont loose power even though the discs are too hot to touch. They are also got the all the adjustments you need, I have ridden hope V2's and these are by far the better brake
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 I am a larger than average rider and these brakes work very well. They were easy to set up and easy to maintain. I am running 203s front and back. I hav had no problems with overheating or glazing. Matchmaker with the SRAM X-0 shifters keeps my handlebars clean.
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 Not real happy with these brakes. I replaced Hayes Mag 8 brakes with these last year. I had bleed issues all season and I have replaced them with Hope m4 brakes. Warranty work quite slow on the codes.
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 I have been using Sram for some time now and Wow they are amazing all there products that Sram makes I keep using them for performance and Value I recommend the Avid Code. www.cycletools.org
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 i love this brake system i have it on my reign X2 its awsome i got it in the grayish colour and its not too beefy for my bike if you want to see pics go on my profile and you will see
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 Not to sure really, just bought a pair today from Bowcycle. They must have had a sale on. I bought the Avid Codes 2009 for $150 a piece with free rotors. So $300 instead of $600.
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 Had Hope Mono's which are very good but these Codes are the dogs!!! Sharp braking and easy to adjust.

Going to the Alps in a couple of weeks so will see if they are up to the battering they will get!!!
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 I bought these because i didnt like having to 2finger my juicy 5's, these thing have huge amounts of stop power( more than the juicy 5's) with just one finger, great product if you looking for 4 piston brakes get the codes
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 These brakes have given me problems since day one. Not much for modulation, they are VERY on off brakes. Although powerful, finesse as the ad says is bullshit in refrence to these brakes. Im going hayes next time.
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 First of all, what a great breaking power! They're finely adjustable & look good! Really worth the price!
I haven't experienced contras yet, I have had them for 4 months now and everything is going well.
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 Incredible brake. Amazing power, easy maintenece. Pair up with goodyear lines and it's unbeatable. Pads last about 5 times longer than anyother brake i've used. Only viable option for larger riders.
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 Adjustable position, adjustable pad contact point, fade free with stopping power that you can lend to your friends who use anything less. You can only go as fast as you can stop. Buy these or buy bunk!!!
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 i just got a front 2011 203mm code for my blindside and i love it...theres so much control and modulation i am way more confident in my braking and i have so much more control
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 this is one of the worst brakes ever made they are almost impossible to bleed properly they are under powered if you want the a good brake go with shimano xt or saints you will have 0 problems
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 Great brakes all around. I ride sandy socal trails to the mountains of WV/ OH. They were a bit touchy at first, but after you get them adjusted right for you, you can't beat them.
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 I have the 2008 model and i'm sutisfied with it. The brake power is same in the begining of the ride(downhill), until the ride and at the end of the ride. The 3 sealed bearings in the lever give the rider graet performance
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 Ultimate power but still posses great modulation. If you're a one-finger braker, these are for you... one finger is all you need.
Easy enough to service and do a great job of staying cool on long descents.
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 If you want to stop, these are the brakes. Nothing else compares to the Codes, if you can get them, get them. They are the best brakes I have ever used. Perfect for any Dh/Fr style of riding
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 I run this on my P.1, rear, 160mm, and it's epic for a good street/park/jump brake. Enough to stop quickly, and the biggest deal is the color, of course! White rules!
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 Good modulation and power. Bearings in the lever is a very good idea - no more anoying noises and moves of lever when riding.
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 Great looking breaks. Very strong. Easy to set up. I would recommend these breaks to any DH\FR biker. If you can afford it go for it.
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 Best feeling brakes you'll find. Super powerful but can still be feathered. The quick adjust is very simple and lives up to its name as being quick.
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 Both this and codes from Avid come in highly recommended here. Can't think of any negatives except they are not machined and customizable like Hope M4/X2
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 get the CR's instead. more power more modulation and less weight. for me they have been maintenance heavy compared to shimano. choice brake for me
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 Super strong, held up through the rough stuff really well, nearly maintenance free. I've been able to stop at very high speeds very quickly. They don't seem to fade.
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 i love the the are powerfull !!.................................................................................and caliper is amaising
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 i rode the 2008 A-line Park Edition for a test ride for about 4 hours with these brakes on them and they were the best brakes i have ever used
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 Amazing Break. My set up is a tad different, i have the code caliper and the Avid Juicy 7 lever. it is dialed. great modulation, and super power. im in love with it.
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 these brakes r awesome i have em on my br and there great they have great stopping power... its a great buy most def worth the 300 bucks
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 excellent power, good adjustment (when bled properly..u need to learn to bleed with these) and bombproof...personal favorite Smile
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 Absolutely amazing, best brakes Ive owned. Super powerful and adjustable! Easy to adjust and fit. Had no problems with them yet. Well worth buying.
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 i have had these for a season now and had not had a problem with them wicked stopping power and nice adjustment
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 they neeed to be bleeded the day you buy them, yes, it suchs. but once nleeded, the stoping power is inmenese
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 Run them on both of my bikes. The most reliable, powerful, consistent and competitive brakes in my opinion.
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 Awesome brake! Amazing stopping power and looks really dope! Woudln't trade it for any other brake Big Grin
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 great stoppers, a little heavy for all round use, but if you can deal with a few extra grams, they are worth your while.
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 I bought these brakes last year and there the best ones I'v ever ridden. If you freeride or DH these are for you.
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 Cons, they are a bit squeaky when wet

Pros, perfect modulation, loads of power, easy on the eyes
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 i used the 2007 codes on my fr bike. ugly and heavy as hell, but good braking power.
the white looks much better
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 sick brake never had a problem only thing i have done is replace rototr wit a floating one
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 Amazing brakes. They smoke a bit during the first hard ride, but after that, they are just amazing.
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 the best brake ever so nice breaks in so fast and does not heat up or glaze the pads and comes with organis pads
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 Hard to overheat, full power with good feeling under your finger at any time. Truly recommend them
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 bites like a dog from hell, never quits. amazing dh/fr brakes you will ever get your greasy hands on
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 awesome brakes great power great modulation have had no problems easy to adjust best brakes i've ever had
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 Very Stylish, Super light and has a super nice price tag. $300
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 Awesome power and modulation! Buy them!
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 awesome braking power, they are amazing brakes!
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 i ride the i like them to
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 verry nice brake easy to bleed nice feel
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 la modulation est bonne et il est tres puissant
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 these brakes are so powerful
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 great stopping not jerky nice and smoooth best brake out there
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 Great brake. Amazing power.
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 love this brake! Smile I recommend it for all riders.
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 THESE ARE THE BEST BRAKES I HAVE EVER RIDDEN
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 Seriously powerful brakes with great modulation
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 soooo soft.


no more to say.
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 awesome feel, brilliant power in all conditions.
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 They are a little heavy but there stopping power ir way worth it.
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 Awesome power! Great modulation, Only downside is weight
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 You want to stop, these do that.....
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 Awesome brakes! Powerful, beautiful!
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 best brake ever
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 powerful
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 awsome brakes i use them
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Avid Code (MSRP $300) — When you put your life in the hands of your brakes, it makes sense to pick the most powerful brakes you can get. And who says that a brake designed for the most demanding conditions in the world can’t also be precise and respond to the finest touch? It’s time to bust out the Code. Code levers are built to take almost anything, with our special two-piece blade featuring cam breakaway, ultra-stout body and fully ambidextrous design. On the other end, Code’s caliper is cold-forged with four pistons, extra-large pads, and beefy, adjustable, center-mount stainless banjo, meaning that gravity has met its match. But the best part about Code is that they aren’t just strong, they are full of finesse. Thanks to Avid’s classic details, including sealed bearings in the lever pivot, Pad Contact-Point Adjustment and patented Tri-AlignTM Caliper Positioning System,TM you’ll feel an amazing amount of precise control at your fingertips.

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Release Date 2009
Price $300
Weight 444.52 g
Type Hydraulic
Rotor Options G2 Clean Sweep 160 | 185 | 203mm
Lever Options Galvanized body and caliper, black lever | White body and caliper, black lever
Adapter standard Post Mount
Adapter standard - Adapters are what connect your brake to your fork, or frame. The standard refers to what bolt pattern that brake is designed to be used with. They do make cross over adapters for Post Mount to International Standard, or IS.
Brake Technology Center-Mount Pad Contact-Point Adjustment | Three-cartridge- bearing lever pivot | Two-piece lever with cam breakaway | Upfront access reach adjustment | Aluminum cam | Magnesium lever body | Four-piston caliper | Anchored brake pads | Tri-Align Caliper Po

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