The Elixir 3 isThe perfect blend of power, performance and value. WithThe same excellent performance as its big brotherThe Elixir CR, The Elixir 3 is a less expensive version with a little added weight.The Elixir 3 featuresTaperBoreTechnology found inThe more expensive brakes offered by Avid. TaperBore refersToThe patent pending closure systemThat shaves weight, looks sleek, and improves lever feedback, and provides ultimate power and control. EnjoyTheTop- loading pad feature. Replace pads w
These came stock on my cannondale bike, the first ride out, you could of heard me from anywhere on the mountain. They did what they were supposed to do but man, the noise was way to much. My wife also has these on her cannondale on on her first ride same thing, who needs gps if we get lost because we can just hit our breaks.... I took them back to shop and had the mechanic look at them, he told me that these brakes can be loud. After they tried adjusting them, I took it out on another ride and had the same problem. I'm going to swap them out for the shimano slx. They work well stopping you but you have to be able to put up with the dying cat noise. If this was happening on just one of our bikes it would be 1 thing, but they are screaming on both...
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: July 2, 2013
Strengths: Reasonable power
Better modulation than mechanical disc brakes
Weaknesses: Came stock on my norco shinobi, left hand clamp was done up so tight that it was impossible to undo to move lever for 1 finger braking.
Spongy lever feel.
Lever return is notchy
Not as much power as any shimano brakes
Awkward to set up with shifters for comfortable 1 finger braking
Much harder to bleed than shimano brakes
Uses dot 4/5.1 fluid rather than paint and skin friendly mineral oil.
Front brake turkey worbles under hard braking.
These came stock on my 2013 norco shinobi, hence why the value rating is not 1 chilli. The lever feel is terrible and power isn't close to shimano slx or xt. I work in a bike shop, so whilst I haven't had these brakes for long enough to require a bleed yet, i know that they're a pain. Compared to slx/xt, these brakes are loud, poorly modulated, underpowered and unreliable. I will be replacing them with shimano slx asap. Would not recommend.
Similar Products Used: Avid elixir 5 and elixir cr (both as awful as elixir 3's), shimano deore, shimano deore xt.
Bike Setup: Norco Shinobi 3, X-Fusion trace fork (surprisingly good), X-Fusion shock (broken after 3 rides), sram x5/x7, elixir 3's, sun ringle inferno 25 rims, high roller 2 front, ardent rear
Date Reviewed: May 21, 2013
Strengths: these brakes look killer, they do have good stopping power "if you squeeze hard enough", mine have been quiet so far.....
Weaknesses: brake lever doesn't feel comfortable, it has to strait of reach. it takes to much pressure to get to the power zone. you have to use a 2 finger method to brake or move them so far inboard that your index finger is at the very end of the lever which moves the shifters out of easy reach.
these came on my new 2013 bike, my old bike (2003) had Shimano Deore discs which are the same price range as these Elixir 3's. I will take the Shimano's hands down !!! I never needed to use 2 fingers with them no matter how fast or how steep. every time I ride my new bike my index fingers hurt for 1 to 2 days.... that's how much force these things require !!!! as soon as I have the money, I will be getting some SLX or XT brakes to replace these.
Date Reviewed: April 12, 2013
Weaknesses: embarassing ear piercing squeal
wow! carefully read reviews on many bikes before i purchased, finally decided on the 2013 trance 29er x1great reviews EXCEPT... you guessed it, elixer 3s. after riding now for just under 20 years, i felt confident in getting the issue addressed.the bike shop was able to temporarily get them quiet( squealout and adj.) , but within 20 miles here came angry pig battalion.i also centered caliper, sanded (AND BEDDED PADS TO AVIDS SPECS)rotor is straight. bike is 2 months old and im hesitant to ride it because of the frustration level. wish i could get at least half of retail and buy some xts. BELIEVE THE REVIEWS! love the bike hate the avid elixer 3s
Strengths: They modulate well and stop my 200# frame with a 170mm/160mm HS1 rotor combo. I don't know what else to say, the brakes and do what they're supposed to do. Love the fact that you don't have to take the caliper off to remove the pads. This is a great piece of engineering by Avid. As a result it takes less than 1 minute to change pads.
Weaknesses: A little front brake noise that seems to go away the LONGER I ride. The oem pads are a little gritty feeling and have a intermittent squeal in the front. Don't like the little retaining clip that keeps the pad bolt from backing out of the caliper. I know it's gonna disappear some day.
Came stock on my 2013 Giant Trance X29 and overall I've been pleased with them for the 2 months I've ridden with them. I bedded these exactly as Avid recommends and it may be a reason that I've had decent luck with them. I know others have had really poor luck with even XO/XX brakes but I have to review on what I've experienced. I soak the pads for in isopropyl alcohol every couple weeks and scrub them with a toothbrush, then re-install. I haven't had a chance to ride these in the extreme heat or in the web so I'm unsure as to how they will behave in those conditions.
I'm pleased so far but I'll revise this review if something changes.
Date Reviewed: February 5, 2013
Strengths: Hella big stoping power. Actually it's stronger than any shimano brake and hayes i've ever used.
Weaknesses: Bleeding is a necessary skill. Since it's got to be bled few times a year
It's a great brake. But bleeding can be pain.
Date Reviewed: December 12, 2012
Strengths: They brake solidly and feel like they stop you far more "positively" than the rim brakes on my 1997 Schwinn S-10 ever did.
Weaknesses: Noisy. Gritty. Oscillations. After a couple days of riding my 2011 Giant Trance X3, I noticed these brakes started sounding/feeling kinda odd. I asked my LBS and they just dismissed me and said everything was fine. After trying a simple cleaning, they felt smooth again, but then started acting up again. My LBS is now looking them over again and we'll see how they fare.
They seem to work solidly. They're just kinda noisy and noises seem to radiate right through to the pedals and make the whole back end vibrate. It's unnerving but... I can't complain much... they came with the bike and they work. If they ever give me more trouble than just noise, I'll upgrade to Shimano. Almost everything else on the bike is Shimano... why not the brakes as well? :-D
Strengths: got enough power to stop the bike...
doesnt require too much effort for the brakes to bite...
Weaknesses: noisy & not smooth...
calipers slowly engages on its own after a few months of usage. 3 of us got the same exact problem...
got lots of problem with in two months of usage. the calipers slowly engages on its own until you feel the bike is getting heavy. 3 of us got the same exact problem, so its a know issue of this brake...
Came on a new ride, almost killed myself during a Downhill descent when I experienced brake fade. Went to the LBS and exchanged them for a different brand. They may be alright for moderate cross country but you won't catch me riding them...
Date Reviewed: August 4, 2012
Strengths: At first they were really nice and quite sharp
Weaknesses: Weak, don't last long
After only a week of riding the brakes have started to play up which isn't good! They're making really weird water/oily noises and aren't reacting very good and sometimes don't work!
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: July 20, 2012
Strengths: white color
These came stock on my trek superfly. nothing on my bike is stock cept the brakes and the Fox Evolution Series 32 Float 29 RL. Im out on the trails 2 to 3 times a week and put in anywhere from 10 to 35 miles of riding xc a week. Mine work great with very minimal noise, Great modulation and little to no maintenece. I clean them after every ride with paper towels and windex or what ever my wife as availble.
Strengths: Good brakes for the money, reliable, decent power and modulation.
Weaknesses: Changing out pads can be a pain
I'm not really sure where all the bad reviews about these are coming from, unless I just got lucky with mine. I've had these on my am hardtail for a year now with no major problems whatsoever. It did take a while for them to get worn in and I experienced the usual squealing and vibrations but after the first few rides these issues cleared up and haven't returned. After recently replacing the pads for the first time they feel as good as new and I have yet to feel the need to bleed them even after hundreds of miles of hard trail riding and a few hard crashes.
Strengths: Good value, easy to install on my 2011 Inbred 29er Frame.
Weaknesses: Braking is a bit noisy. Rear brake came with a lot of extra brake line so I needed to buy a bleed kit after shortening the line.
This is my first set of hydro disc brakes. Overall I am happy with them. I will most likely replace the pads with something quieter when the time comes.
a Cross Country Rider
from Cape Town, South Africa
Date Reviewed: February 20, 2012
Strengths: Initially I thought they were great. Initially they served me well too. It has the capacity to stop me with enough power to launch me over the handlebars if I am not careful. It is noisy when it gets wet, but that was all to be expected. Its kind of a brand trait if one reads the many opinions others have.
Weaknesses: Rubbing, rubbing and more irritating and constant rubbing!
I have had my own discomfort with Shimano in the past and I moved me to the SRAM stable. My derailleur got sorted and my brakes stopped behaving like a constant resistor devise when I was out riding. Those were the days of the Juicy’s. BTW, who labels a hydraulic brake system “Juicy”? It doesn’t matter because they behaved like a cold juice on a hot summer’s day. Always good!
And then I bought a new bike with the Elixir model. Good looking and a little lighter was a good start yes? Sadly, no. My initial satisfaction with the brakes soon turned sour. The brakes make an annoying squealing noise even after the most careful alignment of the caliper. No, the rotor is not warped. The pad will settle at a different pad position after every actuation. This I tested with a pièce of white paper on the ground to give me clear indication of caliper and pad behaviour during and after actuation. Still, I use them since the negatives doesn’t motivate the expense of replacement, plus working in Madagascar doesn’t leave alternative options open with modern LBSes in every city. Speaking of Madagascar, I discovered another BIG negative about these brakes over the weekend. With temperatures reaching a blistering 45 degrees centigrade backing down onto the energy absorbing black hydraulic hoses, the heat expansion capacity was exceeded. I could not get my brake back to back off from contact with the rotor! No one needs that much résistance in that much heat. It took half an hour in an air-conditioned home to return the brakes performance to its former pre-ride condition. Just this single trait is enough justification to go shopping somewhere else. Sorry SRAM, but you’re just full of empty promisses.
The other day, I turned my bike upside down and spun the front wheel to see if my rotor was rubbing, also pressed the lever a few times, after I put my bike on the wheel I noticed the lever was loose, I had to press it almost to the handlebar to get some stopping power, anyway, becasue I'm st ... Read More »
I have read the reviews, and cannot decide which to go for. I currently run Avid BB7's, so the changeover to the Elixir's would be relatively easy, where as with the Hayes I would need to redo my entire set up.
Which one is the better choice?Read More »
so, we did a good downhill and I was on the brakes, now my rear is not working as well as it was before... took it to the shop and they admitted that they are not sure the problem.... and that the elixir 3s are not a great brake system...
has anybody else had a problem with these losing power? m ... Read More »
I have white Elixir 3 brakes that are brand new. After I bed them in, the rear brake has good power, but it has a very gritty feeling, as if there is sand somewhere even though that is impossible. It also makes a sound like there is sand scratching the pads. What could be the problem? What problems ... Read More »