Avid Juicy Carbon Disc Brake System

3.93/5 (28 Reviews)


Product Description

The tasty looks and comfy feel of the super-light lever are the first things notice about it.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by WVU RUSH a All Mountain Rider from Morgantown WV

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2012

Strengths:    Power, weight, modulation

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
I upgraded from Hayes 9 to the Juicy Carbons. Wow what a different. After installing the Juicy Carbons, I realized what modulations was. Bottom line these brakes have been trouble free (zero adjustment needed) in 2 years of riding. Highly recommend.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Friend

Similar Products Used:   Hayes 9, assortment of mechanical brakes

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Carbon Rush

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nsconts a Weekend Warrior from Lawrenceville, GA

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2011

Strengths:    great stopping ability, tight feel

Bottom Line:   
These brakes are awesome. The Air 9 I bought had the Elixir 5's on it and they didn't come close to the Juicy Carbon feel and stopping power. I switched the Juicy Carbon's from Scalpel and the difference is remarkable. I'll be keeping these brakes for a while!

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Favorite Trail:   Chicopee Woods

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Elixir 5

Bike Setup:   Niner Air 9, Fox F29 FLC 15mmQR, X-9 drivetrain, American Classic Wheels, Maxxis Ignitor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by orekizler a Weekend Warrior from CT

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2011

Strengths:    Very easy to dial in. Pad contact makes it much more easier than Juicy series.
Bleeding is so easy and fast with the avid bleeding kit.


Weaknesses:    Not powerful enough for a heavy rider.

Bottom Line:   
Have been using them for 5 years. They always perform well. No need to bleed them often and when you do it s a very easy job with the kit. 160 rotors are fine if you re light weight. But ideally I d say go for larger rotor sizes.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Magura Louise


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bizio90 a Cross Country Rider from Marrubiu, Oristano, Italia

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Il freno non funziona come dovrebbe.
La frenata è lenta e non ottimale.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tcasari a Cross Country Rider from Arvada, CO

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2009

Strengths:    They do their intended job well and look swell doin' it

Weaknesses:    None for me

Bottom Line:   
They do what I bought them for. They stop well with minimal noise, which varies with moisture (mostly quiet). Great modulation with one finger ease. I ride agressive XC and weight about 150 lb. All the stopping power I need. Light enough. Look good. A great value these days with the intro of the Elixir line. This is just my experience. To each their own! :)

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Favorite Trail:   All of 'em

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   EBAY

Similar Products Used:   AVID BB and Hayes hydro

Bike Setup:   Ventana - SRAM - Truvativ - WTB - Thomson - Daves SD Wheelz

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CDA MTBer a Weekend Warrior from CDA, ID USA

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2009

Strengths:    quality product, adjustability, good modulation, good durability, easy to adjust and maintain.

Weaknesses:    Price if you pay MSRP

Bottom Line:   
These brakes stop well and handle everything I can put them through from fast fire roads to steep technical trails with speeds reaching 40+mph. I have never experienced brake fad or overheating problems which I believe are largely related to riders dragging thier brakes from the top of the hill to the bottom. Yes I would recommend these brakes.

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Favorite Trail:   Many....hmmm

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $129.00

Purchased At:   LBS blowout sale

Similar Products Used:   Hayes, Hope, Magura

Bike Setup:   I bought these as a set of 160mm front and rear for a Stumpjumper Pro FSR

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by mkldesigns a Cross Country Rider from Sacto Ca

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2009

Strengths:    I wouldn't know, They were junk right out of the box & I haven't been able to ride them yet.

Weaknesses:    It's an Avid

Bottom Line:   
I bought these as an upgrade to the Juicy 5's that came on the bike. The 5's howled non stop until I switched the pads to the organics. (why do they even make the metallic pads!!!)
Right out of the box the front lever was junk. It wouldn't return to the released position after the lever was squeezed.
Now I remember why I got out of mountain biking three years ago. The stuff is under-built & overpriced!!!

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Favorite Trail:   who cares!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $215.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Hayes

Bike Setup:   08 Trek fuel 8

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by fast_ticket a Cross Country Rider from Monterey, Ca

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2009

Strengths:    All the power I need, great modulation in the corners

Weaknesses:    Tempermental and tedious set up, Tri-align is a myth

Bottom Line:   
Once these brakes are dialed in they're great, getting there takes patience. Contrary to other reviews Avid Customer service (Nate) hooked me up! I'm running '07's w/ a 185 front (with no problems) and 160 rear (brake wurbled like a turkey in heat) After getting nowhere with Cambria or local LBS I went to Avid who sent me their newest rotor and brake pads, free. The new rotor did help the noise but then I noticed pulsing. Turned out the pads were riding 3mm down the rotor arms. I replaced the adaptor using a 160 front and it positioned the pads perfectly. Now I only have the sweet sound of speed scrub. Unless you are a great wrench set up is best left to the pros. Oh, the pad adjustment dials are next to useless.

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Favorite Trail:   Various Fort Ord loops

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Cabria Bike

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Ventana El Saltamontes

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by UpSideDownBiker a Cross Country Rider from Holmen, WI, USA

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2008

Strengths:    Light weight

Weaknesses:    Lack power, squeal, come out of adjustment.

Bottom Line:   
I hate to say this but these brakes kind of suck. I've seen other reviews for them and was excited to see them come on my 29'er. But after a few rides I had problems. Brought them in and had new lines put in and new oil but a very good mechanic. Same issues. The power is non-existent, they squeal, the lever slowly dives over time. Not during the ride but almost as if the pads are wearing down. So, yes I put pads on and no luck, bled them again, blah, blah, blah. I ended up taking them off and putting on my Juicy 7's. All the problems went away. Still not as powerful as my new XT's but at least I stop now. I hope the new brakes Avid has out work much better because I would have rather had a set of BB7's on the bike because they work.

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Favorite Trail:   boB

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Avid Juicy 7's, Shimano XTR, Shimano XT, Shimano Deore, Avid BB7's.

Bike Setup:   Lynskey singlespeed 29'er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JackHammer a Downhiller from Brighton, East Sussex, UK

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2008

Strengths:    Super powerful, excellent modulation, sexy loooks, the carbon lever feels really good against your fingers. Light weight

Weaknesses:    None yet, but i'm scared of breaking the lever, but i'm yet to fall of hard enough to jab it into the ground. Maybe the squealing when wet.

Bottom Line:   
These brakes are brilliant improvement on the already brilliant juicy 7. The carbon lever blade has no friction against your fingers during the lever pull, although i'd never noticed it until i ran a juicy 7 with alu balde and a juicy carbon on the same bike. Makes me wanna upgrade to the new elixirs cos they are supposedly better! If you can afford them, get em!

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Favorite Trail:   PORC

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Evanscycles

Similar Products Used:   avid juicy sevens, hayes hfx 9s

Bike Setup:   DH FR moorewood shova lt.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by chris_nor_cal a Cross Country Rider from Bay Area, Ca

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2008

Strengths:    Looks, Weight, Simplicity of Setup, Adjustability

Weaknesses:    They SOUND and FEEL terrible.

Bottom Line:   
I really wanted to like these brakes, the performance is just not there. They howl and shudder and it just ruins the ride. The calipers are centered. all bolts torqued to spec. Tried 2 sets of rotors, two sets of pads, tried sanding pads. These brakes sound like absolute garbage and shudder the whole bike. I'm selling them on ebay and i will never buy another set of avid brakes, they suck. I'll be getting Formula K24s

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Favorite Trail:   Downieville

Duration Product Used:   3 months


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BE Krustie a Downhiller from Prince George

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2008

Strengths:    Great breaking power and control, strong, look awesome in the right set up.

Weaknesses:    Takes a while to get them bled properly and they squeal some times but all discs do.

Bottom Line:   
bottom line is for the price that i paid for them they are ridiculous brakes. They give you all the moderation that you need with fast smooth stops and quick speed re-adjustments at just a tap. They do take a little tinkering to set up though so plan out about and hour to set them up but as far as they go they're a great break to use under high brake turns and steep slopes.

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Favorite Trail:   BlYnD eYe

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $135.00

Purchased At:   Pro Deal with cycles

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Fat Possum X0, Race Face fsa splined crank, sram x.7 derailleur's front and back, supra bh 32 front and back, avid juicy carbon front brake 160mm rotor, shimano deore xt composite v-brakes on the rear (don't ask lol), maxxis dh f minion 3c 2.5 on the front and a maxxis high roller 3c in the back

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joel a Weekend Warrior from uk

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2008

Strengths:    powerfull, quiet, easy to bleed

Weaknesses:    Set up instructions could be better

Bottom Line:   
I have front 203mm rear 185mm and find these breaks work really well.

The callipers need proper alignment (easily done) not as the instructions state "loosen the calliper alignment bolts, squeeze the lever and tighten". I tried that and the front kept rubbing!
Loosen the bolts spin the wheel and adjust as necessary, tightening a little at a time, being careful not to "torque" the calliper out of position.

Once set up correctly there is masses of power and bite and no real noise to speak of.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Bike Setup:   whyte 46

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Shannon Wilson a Cross Country Rider from Portland OR, USA

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2008

Strengths:    Excellent lever ergonomics, loads of power and modulation, super easy to bleed.

Weaknesses:    Lever reach requires tool. They work crappy if the pad contact srew is adjusted in too far (no warning in instructions).

Bottom Line:   
DO NOT SCREW PAD CONTACT IN TOO FAR! I've had good luck with these other than when bringing the pad contact screw in to close. Much quieter with organic pads, but need frequent replacement in winter. Still a great brake after a hard year of abuse. Take away one star because new designs are step up.
If your looking for a good brake for low price, not the newest technology, you will be happy.

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Favorite Trail:   Too many

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   universal cycles

Similar Products Used:   Stroker Trails, Mag-Plus and Martas

Bike Setup:   07 Nomad, Fox 36RLC, 8 inch Clean Sweep Rotors F&R

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jaye from Hong Kong

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2008

Strengths:    Carbon look, Stops when u want it to, light not to hard to setup.

Weaknesses:    The lever's screw which holds the pivot togetheris not as tough as expected.

Bottom Line:   
These brakes are good, but can be better. It stops when you want it to but the lever's pivot is an issue. For the amount you pay for it should be flawless. However these brakes do stop when you want it to stop.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   local bike store

Similar Products Used:   XTR disc brake


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Cant push brakefluid from caliper to lever on older Juicy Carbon

I am trying to get my hardtail ready for the summer and bleeding the brakes was a must. They where really soft and spongey at the end of last season so I knew they had to be bled. I started with the rear brake and failed as I drew in air on the side of the clear hose when I degassed the fluid. After ... Read More »

Bleeding brakes...can't push hydraulic fluids from caliber to lever...Juicy Carbon

Hi folks, I was bleeding my line with an Avid bleed kit and was trying to push fluid up from the caliber to the lever. I did it fine with the other brake sets, but it was like pushing a brick on the rear set. What does this mean? Used Avid bleed kit with the included DOT fluid. Avid Juicy U ... Read More »

Star Wheel PCP Knob - Juicy 7 Carbon - HELP!

I want to replace the little red star wheel pad contact adjustment knob on my Juicy 7 Carbons (it is on the lever). These are old brakes, but I don't know exactly how old, since I bought them used. The model I have uses a plastic knob. In the later production years of this model, they started usi ... Read More »

Juicy Carbon Lever Rebuild: Missing Click

I have a Juicy Carbon lever that doesn't have the usual detent at the normal lever position. The other side can be pushed away from the bar with a click, then it can be pulled back with another click. I've read that this is a design feature to help prevent damage to the lever internals in a crash. ... Read More »

Juicy Carbon Brakes

I'm looking to upgrade from my stock Shimano M445 brakes. I saw a listing for a set of front and rear Juicy carbon brakes and was wondering if they were worth the upgrade? I'm 6'5, 210lbs and my current ones are kind of ****, didn't even notice they were hydraulic for a few weeks.Read More »

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