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.


Avid Elixir 5 Locked Up

I have had issues with this brakeset (both front and rear) tightening when the bike is in the garage. In the past, I have tried reseating the caliper, and each time have only found success by releasing the slightest bit of fluid from each caliper. This time comes after the bike has been sitting a ... Read More »

Avid Elixir 5 SL

i'm fairly new to mtn bike. and don't know much. my front brakes are making noise, like if it's rubbing on brake pad. tried taking wheel off and putting back on. ive read bad reviews on my breaks. any suggestions? new brakes? new pads?Read More »

Brake pad contact with disc without brake applied (Avid Elixir 5)

My front brake pad makes contact with the brake disc at certain points in the revolution, causing a mild squealing sound. Any adjustments I can make to remedy this? While tuning the bike last year, I'm pretty sure I accidentally engaged the brake pads without the wheel installed.Read More »

Elixir 5 Dragging After New Pads..

Just put the first set of new pads in the rear brake and now it is dragging a bit. There is really no play in the brake lever now either. Searching around I found an old thread referring to Avids sometimes being slightly over filled with fluid from the factory and bleeding out a couple drops fixing ... Read More »

Avid Elixir 1 Up Front - Avid Elixir 5 On Back(?)

I have a 2013 Cannondale SL2 Trail 26er that came stock with Avid Elixir 1 160mm hydraulic disc brakes. I have an opportunity to upgrade the rear brake to Avid Elixir 5 at a firesale price. If I buy the rear brake should I wait to install it until I match the front brake? Sorry for the noob ques ... Read More »

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