Avid Elixir R Disc Brake System

DESCRIPTION

Pure, simple performance is what you can expect withThe Elixir R. ItfeaturesTaperBoreTechnology,Tool-free reach adjustment, Power ReserveGeometry,Tri-Align Caliper Positioning System, and drip-free bleedingjust like every AVID hydraulic disc brake. A great match forThe X7 family. 2 piston caliperTop loading pads AmbidextrousTool-free reach adjustmentTaperBoreTechnology Approximate weight 375 grams Include lever, caliper, rotor and hardware

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 23, 2021]
aricjoshua


OVERALL
RATING
4
Strength:

My rotors were rubbing because the pistons wouldn't go out far enough to install new pads. I tried pulling out the pistons in both the front and back, but they would only go so far before becoming stuck. cookie clicker

Weakness:

My rotors were rubbing because the pistons wouldn't go out far enough to install new pads. I tried pulling out the pistons in both the front and back, but they would only go so far before becoming stuck. I cleaned the pistons and broke a few tools trying to pull them apart so I could install new pads. Finally, I pushed too hard and heard a crack, and when I pump the brake lever, they don't even move, in or out. I'm at a loss on what to do next.

Price Paid:
0
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
1995
[May 04, 2021]
crossup


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Zero issues after 10 years on two bikes for my set and the same for my wife. Replace the pads, ride till they are worn out, replace, repeat. Shocked to see all the complaints, my wife hits every mud puddle/water on the trail and has no issues while I'm the opposite, I can ride a creek and stay dry so I'm at a loss how people have locked pistons etc. Great modulation- my wife literally does not even know which hand works which brakes and we run 200mm rotors so OTB power but she has never locked up accidentally. I ride a Canfield ONE dual crown Boxxer setup so it has a lot of lift served use which means serious DH use, my wife not so much.

Weakness:

Weakness? maybe high pad wear which could be our rotors or pad choice

Purchased:
New  
[May 04, 2021]


OVERALL
RATING
4
Strength:

Tool free lever adjust, lever bodies are reversible - to hide crash marks. Matchmaker compatibility, with Rock Shox XLoc and Reverb seat dropper. Can't explain my satisfaction on this item. Highly recommended by Fullerton Pro Concrete & Masonry

Weakness:

Not the lightest brakes

Purchased:
New  
[May 30, 2020]
tannerisawesome10


OVERALL
RATING
3
Strength:

They work great when they work

Weakness:

The pistons would not move out enough to put in new pads or even keep my rotors from rubbing. Both front and rear I tried pushing out the pistons but they would go with difficulty to a certain point and not budge after that. I cleaned the pistons and snapped some tools trying to pry them out to be wide enough to put in new pads. Finally I pushed too hard and heard a snap and they won’t even move, in or out, when I pump the brake lever. Not sure what to do now. (On my 2011 giant reign 6.0)

Purchased:
Used  
Model Year:
2011
[Jun 23, 2017]
Jay Sams
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Cheap....as they were free on my Boardman Pro.
I wouldn't take a pair for free having used them.

Weakness:

Shocking from the start. Back brake felt spongy, tried to bleed it numerous times. Just when it felt right I almost hit a gate because they failed..... Badly.

I have replaced them with Shimano Deore which work beautifully with loads of power under one finger. The Avids are double the price but perform shockingly. So disappointed.

[Jan 04, 2015]
TPC

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

They stop.

Weakness:

They stay stopped. Stuck to the rotors. Unable to turn the wheel, if you remove the wheel you can't put them back. It's happened on the trail twice, and while removing the wheel to put the bike in the car. I'm always careful not to move the lever when the wheel is out, but these things love to lock on.

5+ times into the bike shop with the pistons sticking. I wish I'd never bought a Specialized bike with Avid brakes - it's made me *hate* trying to get our riding. Today I took it back to the shop and got endless comments from both a mechanic and the shop owner that they had had huge problems with these brakes around 2010-2012.

Shimano brakes just work, why would you take the risk with these?

[Dec 29, 2013]
Curtis

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Umm well let's see. It worked for about a year until I went to have my bike tuned up. Turned out that my lbs said that it had to be warranted out due to an O-ring failure in the lever. So I guess props to SRAM/avid for sending out a new brake caliper assembly. Though it's replacement I saw a review on and isn't any better lol.

Weakness:

Oring went out, felt spongy even after bleed

Not the greatest out there. Was hoping for a little bit more from them.

[Aug 03, 2013]
Gregory J Ceconi

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

The brakes will work when you pull the levers

Weakness:

Just about everything

These came spec'd on my 2009 Epic Expert Carbon and while a relatively light tire, they lose power quickly. After about 8 mos. I noticed that I could not lock the rear wheel. What the ???? 4 yrs. later now and I finally bled the system which did nothing at all. Then I read blogs on these brakes and found that the pistons in the caliper are notorious for freezing. Finally in frustration, I opened them up and popped them out with an air compressor. Sure enough, the piston sides had a slight groove cut in the side, which could account for the spotty braking performance. Sometimes you would hit the brakes and get nothing, then once in a blue moon you hit the rear and it would lock and actually have some power.
Ordered the new piston kit/seal kits for both and will give them a try. If you have to replace the pistons every year, then that's a little too much TLC IMO. Shimano or Magura here I come!

[Jun 22, 2013]
Zachariah
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

~Incredible, one-finger stopping power
~Precise, micro-modulation
~CPS mounting system does work - as long as your rotors are straight and CLEAN
~HS1 rotors are very light and dissipate heat well
~Extended descents are no problem
~Able to shorten hose length without bleeding
~Tool free lever adjust
~Lever bodies are reversible - to hide crash marks
~Matchmaker compatibility, with Rock Shox XLoc and Reverb seat dropper, with correct kit

Weakness:

~Uses super-corrosive, DoT 5.1 brake fluid
~Not the lightest brakes
~Two-stage bleed procedure is not the simplest
~When they make noise....stand BACK!

I don't know why all the hate for Avid Elixir brakes. When setup correctly - they are quiet and stop on a dime. In fact, they stop so good....it is even applicable for DH/Freeride bikes. The real beauty is in the modulation. I come from being a longtime Magura Marta SL user, and there is no off/on lever feel, like the Magura. I went OTB on my first ride with them, disbelieving the power these have.

Keep them clean by wiping both rotors with alcohol and making sure the pads have as little dust as possible. I give them a quick shot of low-VOC automotive brake cleaner and they behave like Shimanos. The rotors MUST be flat as a pancake and straight as an arrow to avoid that Turkey warble. Combine one organic pad with a Sintered one for each side and wear will be great. I like these way better than the dangerous, ultra-light SRAM XX brakes - which compromises safety in the name of lightess.

I've tried nearly ALL mountain bike brakes, but I keep coming back to Avid Elixir because of price and they simply stop well. Don't neglect your brakes!!!

Similar Products Used:

~SRAM XX
~Magura Marta SL/MT8
~Hope Tech Evo M4
~Formula R1/RX
~Shimano XT/XTR(M988)
~Hayes Prime Pro

[Apr 06, 2013]
BikerBob

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

looks, feel, ease of mounting and aligning, no squeal

Weakness:

A lot of play in the lever and a bit spongey at first but after a few days of use and a pressured bleed, it worked like a dream.

This isn't a bad brake nor a great one, if you have a tight budget and looking for decent hydraulics your money can buy, have at it.

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