Avid Elixr 5 Brake Review

4.14 out of 5
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February 10, 2015
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: used mechanical disk brakes before this. huge difference when i switched to these hydraulic brakes.

Cons: issues with corrosion in the handle.
had a lot of issues with keeping these brakes tuned or bled correctly. if they sat for a while without being used or in hot weather my breaks would lock up.

Recommendation: there needs to be an ability to adjust the calipers to adjust around the disc. too many times having to try and pull the handle all the way back to the bar or having disc rubbing too tightly between calipers. The Avid BB mechanical discs have this function, would be nice if there was a way to do it on the hydraulics as well.

December 11, 2012
Model/Year: 2011

Pros: Power
Almost never need bleeding

Cons: A pain to bleed

Recommendation: The have great power and modulation for the price. Haven't Boiled them yet. They almost never need bleeding, but when they do, it will take 3-4 tries to do it...

February 13, 2012
Model/Year: 2012 ELIXER 5



October 26, 2011
Pros: Came with bike, great stopping power. Good reach.

Cons: Reach set up not adjustable, at least not a lot.

Recommendation: Good value, and brakes work. I have been trying to break these so I can get new ones but they still keep going.

December 30, 2010
Pros: Very good breaks,i weight 105 kilos and working perfectly.

Cons: Non so far

Recommendation: I would recomend

December 6, 2010
Pros: My first Hydro brake. Feels pretty light and responsive. Stops my 190lbs no problem on my Fuel Ex8. Reversible levers. Good modulation.

Cons: Slight vibration on braking but will probably go on first bleed.

Recommendation: As this is my first hydro brake i only have my shimano mechanicals to compare with. Great modulation and easily swapped my levers over to put front on the right (standard moto and UK set up). I've not had the noise issues that some Avid users suffer and expect the vibration will disappear with the first bleed. Great stopping power for what are now entry level brakes. I'd recommend them.

June 4, 2010
Pros: Light, great stopping power, adjustment is extremely easy

Cons: None so far

Recommendation: This brake is amazing. Stopping power is the best I have ridden for the price. Highly recommend.