Avid Elixir R

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 I ride with this brakes and I am very pleased. Have the necessary braking force for DH / FR. Before I drove with Hayes 9 and the difference in modulation between the two brakes is large. With Avid elixir R can control the spiral effect more precisely.
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 Not having the money for the CR equivalent I decided to choose these for my FR/DH IH 7point. I honestly can't fault them apart from possible fluid loss in the rear brake. Great power, I've not had any issues with not stopping in time. The weight isn't exactly light but they are out of any other brakes league having only paid £170 total for a pair with 8" rotors. Great even in the wet, good modulation and they don't snatch or grab. I also run one on my DJ hardtail and I've got it set up for more grab and less modulation and its great for tyretaps and overall stopping. Definitely get a pair!
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 simple, clean, and totally powerful. a simple bleed, a simple adjustment, and simple strength. this is a very nice brke with a very nice name to it. i would have rather gotten the elixir CR, as i never use the reach, and i always use the pad-contact, but, it doesnt matter. this is a great brake.
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 Good reliable feel, endless amounts of power, I feel for XC, easy use of power, my Shimano LX's would lock with no warning.
They do seem to make a bit of noise, but if you think about what they deal with i.e dust, water, mud, sand, etc. Makes me not bothered about the noise
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 So powerful compared to my old hayes nines (which where on 203mm rotors). The modulation and control they give you are excellent in the wet to avoid locking wheels. A very good investment if you want some high quality brakes.
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 Excellent modulation and stopping power for this price and for a 2 piston brake too! Step up the only downside with the brake rubbing due to the absolutely useless Tri-Align (it doesn't help at all Avid).
This being run on a 36lbs bike with a fairly rough round the edges rider up top, I couldn't of asked for a better brake.
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 I use these brakes (185mm/185 mm) on my Chromag hardtail since April and they've seen a lot of riding action since then...the brakes offer excellent braking performance in all conditions...although they tend to squeal when wet...but that settles after the rotors are dry again-so it's not really a con and I didn't experience this problem in dry conditions until now. The sintered pads are holding up quite well too but do need replacement now (which is in my opinion kinda normal after five months of heavy use in varying conditions).
All in all the Avid Elixir R is an excellent and reliable brake with a solid and predictable performance at a very reasonable price!
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 Good solid brake for the money. I have loved the power I get from this brake. I don't love that there is not a ton of modulation to it though. Its kinda locked or unlocked. They are a bit noisey too. Super strong though and reliable.
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 Shit!!! Don´t buy it!!! It´s light, but not strong and the worst quality I´ve ever seen. After 3 months I had to bleed it the first time. Two month later I had to bleed it again. So I sent it back to Avid and they gave me a new one. That new was the sdame shit as the brake before: In 4 months I had to bleed it 3 times!!! Now I have a Magura Marta and I´m happy!
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 Release Date 2009
Price $604
Weight 2267.96 g
Color Options Diffusion Silver, Diffusion Black (AM)
Travel 95-140mm mm Travel - refers to the distance the wheel can move in respect to the frame. Typically measured in millimeters, most forks range from 80 to 203 mm of travel
Spring Coil
Crown Single
Body Type Magnesium, Maxle 360 20mm, IS disc mount
Rebound External Rebound Rebound - is how quick your fork returns to a fully extended position after being compressed. Almost all after-market forks feature external rebound adjustment for easy fine tuning.
Stanchion material 32mm, 7000 series straight wall Aluminum, low friction anodized with travel gradients
Steer Tube 1.125
Damping Motion Control Damping - The process of absorbing the energy of impacts transmitted through the forks or rear shock during the compression stroke, and absorbing the energy of the spring during the rebound stroke.
DropOut Options Maxle
Compression Low speed compression to 'Lock' with external Floodgate
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 Excellent brakes. Very powerful stopping with the dual pistons. Only squeek when wet, but doesn't last long. Had the CR versions and needed to be be bled within a couple months of use. These haven't needed to and they work flawless! A++++
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 Great brakes, 200mm rotor up front, 185mm rotor on the rear, super happy with them overall. The tool less reach adjustment on the levers is a nice option. OEM pad life seemed pretty good, just make sure you seat the breaks when you first get them set up, or replace the pads, get some good speed, and brake hard 10-15 times without locking up the wheels, that will help reduce the chance of excessive noise from the brakes.
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 they stop you.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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 Replaced my Shimano XT's with these, they took about 5 short runs to bed in then the power was unquestionable, no fade at the point where i would usually have two fingers on the brakes going straight towards an oncoming tree. so simple to install great trick with the banjo cable thing that lets you adjust how the hose leaves the calliper makes routing the hose easy as buying a pie from the pie shop. could perhaps have a tiny bit more modulation but hard to judge after only one session on them, Got them from CRC in the sale for only £70 a piece. couldn't resist buying myself an early birthday present.
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 These are the most responsive brakes I have ever used.Great for XC.Also the Carbon fibre look makes it seem really classy and stylish.asdsaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa asdsadasdsa d d d d d d d d d d d dd d d d dd d d dd d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d d dd d d d d d d d
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 Ordered the front lever w/ 185mm rotor as an upgrade from the Juicy 5. Still need to cut line to fit current bike. (Aftermarket brakes generally come with long hoses to ensure compatibility with all bikes). Freakishly long hose aside, the Elixirs posses greatly improved stopping power over the juicys. Mounted the elixir inboard of the shifter for one finger operation and still find the levers longer than necessary although shorter, aftermarket levers are available. Great stopping power combined with modest pricing put the Elixir 5's on my shortlist to consider when upgrading from your older worn out kit.
Have been riding these on my new Scott Genius, Noisy as hell regardless of set-up. Heard this is typical for Elixirs. Even with the howl, they have loads of stopping power , especially w/ my 185 front/rear set-up
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 Pros
- Strong
- Excellent modulation
- Progressive feel
- Easy to install

Cons:
- Can take a bit of time to adjust properly yourself (though I'm a bit of a noob)
- Can squeal if not adjusted properly

Bottom line, these are an excellent "bang for your buck" kind of brakes. Takes some tweaking to get the adjustment correct, but I did it myself so that probably has a lot to do with it. Avid brakes don't always have the best factory bleeds, but I guess I got lucky - they still feel great after a few hundred kilometers.

I went from a set of Hayes nines to this, and what a difference. Codes were too much brake for me. You would be hard pressed to find a brake with better stopping power and modulation for this price (paid 160 for the set).
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 Just got a set of these brakes on my new bike. They look and feel super solid. The lever reach adjust is nice, and the top-loading pads are the easiest pad I have ever worked on. These brakes have plenty of power for a 2 piston brake (I am comparing them to my old codes). They feel a touch soft, but I think bleeding them and putting more fluid in will help that.
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 These brakes are the best! They have tons of modulation as well as power! Break in period is very short and they squeak a little during that time. After being broken in they are the best brakes you will ever ride! Happy trails!
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 Absolutely awesome performance. The first brake I've ever said could really be run on absolutely any bike, regardless of discipline. Incredible modulation with the new taperbore reseviour, power to spare, really solid. You miss some of the adjustability of the CR but, for the price, how can you top these?
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 Ok, these are WAY more powerful than juicys and I always thought Juicy's were just a little underpowered. Not only that but the tapered bore makes them modulate amazingly! I ride on some really dry loose trails and I have never had trouble slowing without skidding. You can find these on ebay for cheap! I bought the front and rear with 203mm discs and adapters for 220.00 usd!! Its like they're giving them away. I haven't tried the CRs but I don't think I will as I have yet to have any trouble with pad distance/adjustment.
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 Great stopping power and Modulation, only slightly irritating thing is that the pads sit really close to the rotor, but that does not decrease the performance. A great brake for a great price Smile
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 Good power, modulation, price, decent adjustably. a pain in the ass to bleed properly, and the rotors warp easily. overall great set of brakes if you are looking for good power and modulation without paying a fortune.
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 If you want a reliable brake system that can do everything and anything, look no further. It is a simple braking style that give smooth, but powerful braking. And as a bonus, it wont break the bank
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 Very nice for downhill, impressive stopping power. I use them with 160 mm rotors and I think I will mount 203 in front to make them even more powerful. They are very nice and easy to mount and set!
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 yes more clean, light design than J5-7, More stopping power indeed. No need 2 fingers at all I ride DH about 30C+ outside and never overheat, I have Avid Elexir 5 as rear and J7 front. Elx 5 is best one for the price.
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 Superb modulation and feel. Unbeatable for the money. The only downside is that they can be really hard to bleed, but if you follow the routine to the letter you shouldn't have any subsequent problems.
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 Stupidly Powerful Brakes. Mine are the Specialized ones that Come with the black levers. Especially since you can get blended Metallic and organic pads.
Using 8" in the front and 7" in the back
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 Really powerful brake, had no trouble with them at all so far (touch wood) Razz . Use them for dh and the power they provide is fine for every track ive ever ridden, look good with a nice design, and easy to bleed
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 good braking power for the price and sensitiveness and i use the 5.1 dot on it so i have never get this brakes hot or feel a decrease in the brake power i paid 250 F and R 203mm rotors.
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 Pros: Plenty of power. They stop me exactly how I want them to everytime whether its sliding with the back out or leaning in with max grip. Cons: Stock cable a bit short but nothing serious.
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 make the juicy 7 seem obsolete.quality stoppn power here for your AM bike. no need to throw on 203mm rotor. 185 and 160 fronty and back and you're good to go...assuming you're in the AM / black diamond catergory
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 Works well, hasn't let me down yet! It's not to expesive so most can afford it. Lever works well. You can adjust the lever closer or further away from you bars. Stops well with a small disk. I think everyone should have one
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 Amazing brakes, unbelievable power, almost as much as codes. Not quite as much modulation as I expected but I set my levers far from the bars so that might be why. look sick too, cant beat them for the money
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 These brakes are amazing. Super good stopping power, they're comfortable, everything about them is good. I don't think I've disliked anything aobut them.
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 great brake i got the 2010 version on mine it is clean looking nice color great for djs and street their hydrolic and are amazing
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 i have just bought these and they work better than hayes nines both 8" and im run 7" on the elixirs and by the way elixirs are the upgrade to juicy 5's and 7's.
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 es reliviano y muy efectivo apesar de que solo tenga 2 pistones, su precio es muy favorable y el sistema de posicion de la palanca lo hace mas sencillo de adaptar
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 Great brake.Worth money spent on it.Great modulation and power.It's better than new Saint(tested Wink ).Get it and you won't regret.
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 amazing brakes!, it doesnt get much better then these!, no problems, once theyu were worn in, great stopping power, easily featherable!
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 Compact, lightweight, sexy looking and very powerful, have used these on numerous bike from dj to freeride/dh, never let me down! always have a place in my heart!
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 Hands down the best brake ive ever had. it stops on a dime! and keeps stopping.. never looses any braking power and it quality built!
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 an amazingly priced brake wich is light and has plenty of power. the elixer looks realy good aswell and is at home on on any bike or track from Xc trail riding to downhill.
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 great braking power, reliable, easy to set up, lever adjust ment only con but you get used to it, dont bother shelling out on hope big rotors plus theses do you good
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 Just got 'em. Work and feel great! Night and day difference over my Juicy 7's or Hayes 9 HD's. We'll see how they hold up.
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 Brake was a dream had a back set up on my 2006 p.2 and it opened the doors to more stalls and more control when hitting the big ones
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 Super brakes bought a set off chainreaction, really cheap too and easy to fix.
Only con i can see is the bleed kit them costs 40e.
Great brake for the money.
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 Love these brakes. Perfect modulations with responsiveness. All the love with none of the lockout. Easy to maintain and tried and true braking system.
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 Its really good stopping power, this is my second type of brakes i used to have hayes stroker trail and these are alot beter. I really like it!
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 very clean design really good power for all riding conditions, if you can pick them up in white they look super smart on most bikes
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 extremely lightweight, yet more than powerful enough for full on dh racing with bigger rotors. built to a very high standard and are extremely easy to bleed so it be needed.
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 "The braking power is just perfect and strong, yet it provides intuitive control." Well, I couldn't agree more.. Superb value.
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 Solid brakes, don't fade. Only cons is that it takes a little bit to get used to the fact that these brakes make you stop right now!
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 Great brake for the money. No more fading when I go downhill in Colorado anymore. Solid and reliable--highly recommended upgrade to anyone who needs good disc system.
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 Great piece of kit. Brakes have awesome feel and tons of power. The reach adjust and pad replacement are the easiest things you'll ever do
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 great brake, very strong takes short time to bed in and they look very clean and stylish. suits any riding style. i'd recommend them to anyone!
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 I just got these brakes, but when I weighed a front brake with a 185 mm post mount +rotor and all mounting hardware it came to 440 grams weight.
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 Just got 'em. Work and feel great! Night and day difference over my Juicy 7's or Hayes 9 HD's. We'll see how they hold up.
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 Perfect modulation.
Big power.
Lightness.
So it's great choice!
Wlodek recomended it!!!
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 Pure simple and amazing. No matter what I ride it is perfect. Also it is really light. And easy to pull.
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 I know 3 people with this brake. Easy set up with great performance while being light.
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 great brakes, love them they stop fine and are not too heavy, nice feel. they are also very adjustable in the pad reach
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 Best lever feel ever. Very light as well. Mine needed bleeding out of the box, but apparently most don't. Sweet brakes.
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 Smooth brake; plenty of power combined with amazing feel of the brake makes for an amazing combination.
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 really quick stopping power
pads lat a long time
easy reach levers
easy to bleed
nice big rotors
look good
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 Great stopping power for the price! They make a pretty nasty noise every once in a while but they work great!
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 I have the SLs and they work fantastic, don't howl like the Juicys, much more stable and powerful too!
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 possibly one of the best stoppers works fine on my glory they arent non-responsive when pulling but not too touchy
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 these are some of the best brakes that i have ever used. they stop real quick and they are super reliable.
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 Nice Product! Good solid brakes, can stop on a dime, good for any kind of riding. Great stopping power
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 Brilliant Modulation, powerful, easy to set up... Simply Brilliant!
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 These are some good brakes
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 another awesome brake from avid
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 very good feel, good power, good modulation, good brake.
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 awesome.
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 super wicked. honestly.
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 so good.
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Avid Elixir R (MSRP $165) — Pure, simple performance is what you can expect with the Elixir R. It has TaperBore Technology, tool-free reach adjustment, Power Reserve geometry,TM Tri-Align TM Caliper Positioning System,TM and drip-free bleeding just like the CR. “I can use this brake on all my bikes, whether I go trail hunting or full-out freeriding. The braking power is just perfect and strong, yet it provides intuitive control.

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Release Date 2009
Price $165
Weight 371.94 g
Type Hydraulic
Rotor Options G3 Clean Sweep 160 | 185 | 203 | 140mm rear only
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 TaperBore Technology | Tool-free Reach Adjustment | Tri-Align Caliper Positioning System | Power Reserve Geometry | Ambidextrous | Split Clamp/Matchmaker compatible | Drip-free bleeding | Two-piece caliper | Top loading pads |

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