The CR Mag features a super-light magnesium lever body, abeautiful new carbon fiber lever with sexy hollow pivot, updated mastercylinder, and all-new U-Clamp. NotTo mention In-Line Pad Contact-PointAdjustment, Power Reserve Geometry, Elixir power/modulation, anadjustable banjo, and semi-metallic pads.The CR mag isThe Ambidextrous magnesium lever body w/ carbon fiber lever Light weight U-ClampTaperboreTechnology In-line Pad Contact Point Adjustment Power Reserve Geometry w/ excellent power and m
These are good brakes once dialed-in. They came with the Blur so I felt compelled to make them work instead of tossing them. With the 6" rotor they were unpredicatable, squeeled, gobbled, dragged after each ride (warped?), etc. etc. all the stuff mentioned in other reviews. Once switched to Avid 8" heat shedding rotor in front and 7" standard rotor in back, they work great. I live at the bottom of a 3000' descent that has some long steep sections. The 8" thinker rotor makes all the diff. After a few months of riding them four times a week, it looks like I'll keep them. I'm not having to sandpapaer them, touch them, or tweek them. They just work. I'm as happy with these as with the Formulas on my other bike. If I was to go out to buy brakes, I'd stay away from Avid (require too much tweeking) and go to Formula (love the ease of set-up and "forget about it" reliability). But it looks like we found a way to make these work for this bike.
a Cross Country Rider
from Rossland, BC CAN
Date Reviewed: August 18, 2011
Strengths: Awesome cross country brake. Terrific modulation and light.
Weaknesses: Require bleeding a bit more often than others.
They work amazingbly well but might be falling behind Shimano a bit recently. These have been my favorite brake until I put Saint on my big bike. That said, these brakes do not go after the same market. Avid is claiming they have fixed the bleeding problem which is great but how about all of those people who purchase the old brakes.
Similar Products Used: Juicy's, Saint, Hayes back in the day.
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Blur LT-c
a Cross Country Rider
from York PA USA
Date Reviewed: March 30, 2011
Strengths: look cool lightweight decent stopping power
Weaknesses: I had to keep bleeding them and they would stop working while riding, weak mounting spot
I would pass on this particular model of brakes there is just something wrong with them... I had to bleed the front several times didn't have to touch the rear then one day while riding the rear brake got air in it, at the same time the part that mounts to the handlebar cracked just from normal riding. The good news is Sram sent me new brakes no questions asked just had to go through my lbs ... so 2 chillis cause sram has excellent customer service !
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Heckler 2010, XTR AM Kit, FOX Talas, FOX RP23. The brakes came built in as part of the XTR AM kit.
from Ashland, OR
Date Reviewed: November 4, 2010
Strengths: light, durable, effective when working properly
Weaknesses: pad drag on rotor, extemely difficult to bleed completely, mysterious floppy lever
I've had to bleed these brakes many times over the last year. The brakes will seem to function well but then if the bike is turned upside down, layed on it's side or even ridden over bumpy terrain the brake lever will tend to travel to the bar without properly engaging the caliper piston.
I've adjusted the caliper many, many times to reduce pad drag.
Now the right brake lever has a problem where it does not return to its original position after being squeezed.
Strengths: When there is no air in the system they work great.
Weaknesses: Keeps getting air in the system. Have to bleed the brakes every 2 to 3 weeks.
This has been the most frustrating brake I've ever used. They work great for a while then out the blue you pull on the lever and it goes to the handlebar. Kinda scary because it usually happens when you really need brakes. This is a safety issue! Yesterday I ran off the trail and almost nailed a tree due to this issue. Once it happens I get through the race/ride by pumping the lever when I need brakes which forces you to brake much earlier.
Bleeding the brake fixes the problem until it happens again a couple of weeks later. Some how the system keeps getting air in the system even though there are no signs of leaks. I believe folks are having the same issue on the XX brakes.
I called Avid and they said take the brake to my LBS to start the warranty process. I have a great LBS here, but I didn't buy the brake from them. I not going ask my local shop to deal with a problem not even associated with them. If Avid is not willing to deal with me directly, I'm done with Avid!
Hi I've tried bleeding my rear brake.
Everything went ok until I put the wheel back on and tried it.
I can pull the lever and nothing happens. I cant even see the pistons pushing the pads.
This is what I done.
1. Bled the hose.
2. Bled the caliper.
3. Bled the hose again.
4. Ble ... Read More »
I was riding today and had a small spill that sent the bike tumbling a bit, nothing bad. Afterwards my rear brakes had zero pressure and the front was fine. Typically I would just fix the issue but this is the second time in a month I lost my rear brakes. The other time was out of the blue, one day ... Read More »
hy guys ,i am from croatia and i have a problem with avid elixir cr mag brake on my fuel ex 9.9.
it is still under waranty and the problem with it is that my lbs cant do bleeding procedure because of the lever .they thought it is o-ring or bat problem and have sent them on 22.07.2011 to serbia for ... Read More »
hy guys ,i am from croatia and i have a problem with avid elixir cr mag brake .
it is still under waranty and the problem with it is that my lbs cant do bleeding procedure because of the lever .they thought it is o-ring or bat problem and have sent them on 22.07.2011 to serbia for a repair to a dis ... Read More »
I've got Elixir CR Mags and would like to put some straitline aftermarket levers on. in looking through the SRAM parts catalogue, I can see that the lever assembly is different than regular elixir CRs. Anybody know if straitline makes a lever that is compatible? Any parts from SR ... Read More »