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A solid all-around brake and ranked between the Juicy and Code for power output, the Avid Elixir R Disc Brake features Avid’s new Taperbore technology. TaporBore design means the fluid reservoir and piston share the same space, which not only looks sleek, it also shaves grams, improves lever feedback, and gives you more braking power and control.

  • The cutouts on the new G3 Clean Sweep rotor provide excellent heat dissipation
  • Top-loading pads for easy replacement
  • Stiff, two-piece caliper and large pistons and pads for enhanced stopping power
  • Drip-free bleeding is clean and thorough to get all the air out
  • Split Clamp/MatchMaker-compatible

Tech Specs

Lever Adjustability:
reach (tool free)
Caliper Adjustability:
Recommended Use:
stopping your XC missile
Rotor Attachment:

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Avg. ride time: 7h 9m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
5 5

Solid Brakes

Like Grant, I upgraded from BB7s. I really don't think the difference is night and day, with my BB7s and SD-7 levers I have very good modulation and power on that setup with one-finger braking (keep in mind, though, that I had good stopping power with one-finger braking on v-brakes; I have big ol' gorilla hands) I think these are only a little better than the BB7s as far as actual brake performance. I get the same braking response, I just don't have to press as quite as hard to do it. So while I was very happy with the BB7s, I am slightly happier than very happy with these; they have great modulation and very solid stopping power, and my friends tell me that a normal person could one-finger brake with these.

I did shave over 100g per brake with these over the BB7s. And they'll be better in really wet conditions since they're a sealed system. And also, I could never really get the BB7s to not rub on my rotors, there was always a little of ringing because the brake pad wouldn't seat quite flat. So really the only place they don't beat the BB7s is in cost, but with the deal I got on them from CL they really didn't cost much more than the BB7s, either, maybe only a $20 difference when you figured in the levers, cable, and housing.

I do love love love the tool-free reach adjust. That is really nice.

Initial setup was easy using the standard Avid system of holding the brake and tightening the bolts (in that order). Bedding in took like 15 minutes of riding and then they were solid. The bleed out of the box was spot on for me. At some point I'll shorten the hoses but until it needs a bleed I don't want to mess with it.

If you use XTR rotors with these (which I am; it's a long story but suffice to say they came with a wheelset) you'll have to use a spacer (i.e. washer) between these and the post mounts or else the rotor holder arms rub the caliper. It's only 0.6mm of extra clearance needed, just make sure you've got the hardware ready.

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I shortened the hoses and bled these brakes; it really wasn't bad at all! Just make sure you buy the Avid Pro Bleed Kit, it is kinda spendy but totally worth it. They have the process down to a science, it was straightforward and the brakes are fantastic again!

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Not Actually Silver

This is the brake I got when I ordered "Flash Silver" on CL (the caliper is the same color). I'm not concerned in the least; sure silver might have looked a tiny bit better on the bike (bare alu frame), but I sure as heck didn't order it for the color (and it matches my older LX shifters pretty nicely). Just be warned that if you DO order it for the color you may be disappointed.

Not Actually Silver
5 5

Great Brake

I upgraded to the Avid Elixir R brake from an Avid BB7 mechanical brake, and there is no comparison. The stopping power of the Elixir R is awesome! Easy to install and adjust. Great product!

5 5

So happy!

I had enough of my Juicy 5's and finally upgraded to these. Wish I would have put these on a long time ago. Super easy to install and go on in minutes. These are so much better than my Juicy's. The lever feel is great and the stopping power is unbelievable. The Smooth breaking equals faster riding! I get a very slight rub on the rotor, but it's nothing to be concerned about. The Elixir 5's are the same brake, just without the manual lever adjustment. At first I wish I would have saved a few dollars and went with those, but I find myself really liking the manual adjustment. Never thought I would care for it. If your thinking about getting these, sack it up and do it.

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what is the manual lever adjustment you speak of?

the product contain 2 disc 2 brakes and 2...

the product contain 2 disc 2 brakes and 2 shifters?

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No. These are sold per wheel of stopping sickness. No shifters.

What are the length of the brake lines?

What are the length of the brake lines?

Write your question here.can i convert my...

Write your question here.can i convert my rim breaks into disk brakes and if so how much work is involved

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#1-Does your bike have the mounts to run disc brakes?
#2-Are your wheels disc brake compatible?

If your answer is yes for both 1 and 2 then you just need these brakes.
If you answered yes for 1 but no for 2 then you need new wheels and new brakes.
If you answered no for both 1 and 2 then you need a new bike :)

I hope that helps you out. Thanks

5 5

Best brakes ever?

Unbelievable stopping power, even with 160mm rotors. Always precise and predictable, I'm really impressed with these brakes.

5 5

Not a snake oil

I rode these on a hardtail 29r all last summer. The experience was one of consistent and confident braking. I liked them so much I got the Elixir CRs for my bike this summer because the red accents matched better. Besides unparalleled braking and hot looks, these aren't as fickle as some of the other brakes out there. Set it and forget it!

5 5

Best thing I've done for my bike

Out of all the upgrades I've done to my bike these brakes are the best upgrade. I had high expectations when I popped them on and I still found myself amazed at the preformance I got from them. My first ride with them we got cought in a rain/hail storm and the trail quickly turned into a 3 inch deep stream. Even in those conditions I found them to be just as reliable as they have been on the dry trails since. I feel like I can stop on anything at any speed. Even better was the fact that I didn't have to put a kidney up for sale to get them. Good job Avid!

Could I buy a 185 rear and 160 front and...

Could I buy a 185 rear and 160 front and switch the rotors so that I have 185 in the front and 160 in the rear?

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You will have to get some adapters, it won't be a straight across swap.

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Yes, but the adapters are often different for the front and rear, so you'll need a 165mm adapter for the rear and a 185mm adapter for the front.

5 5

Perfect brakes. Perfect price.

For this price, I doubt you'll ever find a better hydraulic disc brake.

The are easy to adjust, feel great and light.
Stopping power is better than most mechanical versions I've tried.
You can even adjust the reach on the fly while riding.

Bottom line: A high-end brake for a low-end price!!

5 5


These are by far my favorite brakes. I have ridden juicy's, hayes, shimano, hydros, cable, all sorts of stuff. These things rock. they are small and light and look great. They have the best modulation of any avid brakes. They have a ton of power, more than juicys but not as much as codes. These are pretty much perfect for any mountain bike with the right sized rotors. I am running them on my DH bike with 8" rotors and 7" on my AM bike.