Avid Elixir 5 Disc Brake System

2.85/5 (72 Reviews)
MSRP : $134.49


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Product Description

The Avid Elixir 5 Disc Brakes include everything you need for a complete setup. At 380g, these brakes are constructed from high efficiency materials that offer immense stopping power every time. Featuring an ambidextrous mount system, versatility is abund


User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by S.O.B. a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: December 18, 2012

Strengths:    They work, the bleed kit is simple to use, and they come in white!

Weaknesses:    Not a weakness really, but after some time, I had a piston stop working. Thanks to a thread here on mtbr, I was able to fix it myself in by holding the working down with pliers and forcing the stuck one out. Lubbed and cleaned it with the DOT5.1 fluid and now it works like new.

Bottom Line:   
Read a few of the reviews and I have not had the problems people have posted...and I bought mine used from ebay. Maybe it is because I already owned a bleed kit (for my inferior Juicy Carbon's) and I already new how to bleed them relatively quick and easy, but they have been solid other than a stuck piston that I was able to fix myself. I buy cheap pads from Truckerco on ebay and they always work, I use cheap Alligator rotors from Pricepoint and they always work, I bleed them maybe twice a year and they still work great. I have been waiting for them to totally crap-out so I could justify a pair of silver XT's, but as long as they work and I can fix 'em, I will keep using them. FWIW, while I am not smoking fast, I do race, but because I am cautious, I am on my brakes a lot and I have never been concerned with these brakes...lucky me. :)

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Favorite Trail:   286 (NC), Auburn SRA

Duration Product Used:   15 months

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   ebay, used

Similar Products Used:   Juicy Carbons, BB7's

Bike Setup:   Light and fast rigid SS.


Replacing pads and resetting pistons on Elixir 5

Hey, so I thought that replacing the pads on my Elixir 5 brakes would be an easy job, but I just can't seem to push the pistons back far enough to get enough space between the pads. I'm using a big screwdriver to wedge the old pads apart just like the pinkbike video says. Maybe I need to get into ... Read More »

Avid Elixir 5 Lever Internals

My front lever is sucking air when I try and pull a vacuum on it with the bleed syringe. The lever internals kit is $23 from Amazon. Is that the fix? I bought this bike used, its a 2011 Trek Paragon, the Elixir 5's came stock. I just got the bike a few months ago. Bled and replaced pads front and ... Read More »

Help!! What brakes open more than Avid Elixir 5's

My 2011 Giant Trace x has so much flex in the rear seat stays that I'm having problems setting up rear brake. If I adjust it with no weight on bike it rubs when I'm on it and if I adjust it with my weight on the bike it rubs when I'm pushing or just coming unweighted from bumps. It's not a lot but I ... Read More »

Elixir 5 Hoses

My stock hoses on my elixir 5s are terribly long. Can i trim the hoses without having to bleed them again? Edit: I have tried to research this and have not gotten a clear answer for elixirs.Read More »

Elixir 5 clamping the rotor as the day heats up

I purchased an Elixir 5 Hydraulic brake for the rear of my bike due to a brake giving out days prior to the last 24 Hours of Moab race in October. The brakes are auto adjusting and have worker wonderful until summer is now returning and the temperatures are climbing. In the morning when the temps ar ... Read More »

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