Avid Juicy Five Disc Brake System

3.3/5 (218 Reviews)


Product Description

The Five is a slightly scaled down brother to the Juicy Seven(tm). But even without Pad Contact Point Adjustment, the Five is still head and shoulders above any of the other hydros because of the Avid® blood that runs in the whole Juicy family.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by fazeless a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2017

Strengths:    - Ergonomic levers
- Powerful braking in wet conditions
- Easy to bleed
- Great overall


Weaknesses:    None actually.

Bottom Line:   
I have these brakes on my freeride bike and they work well with 180mm rotors. They're quite easy to bleed, so anyone can do it themselves. They have powerful braking in both wet and dry conditions, so they're great for all-weather riding. Would highly recommend for anyone.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Foz

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2014

Strengths:    I run these on my downhill bike,i dont know what all the negative coms are about,mated with 203mm rotors they are dead quiet,always stop me where ever needed in any conditions (im 103kg 6'2" tall,ride a 18kg downhill bike),sure,they arent the most attractive on market but they do,and have always done there job well.
Chewing pads out fast prob = pad rotor combo, noisy braking usually = steel (hard) pad compounds.
I cant fault them given how hard they are used and abused for the cost of them


Weaknesses:    besides a few adjustment issues or lack of,none realy. cosmetics maybe......

Bottom Line:   
im big,heavy,ride dh n freeride fairly hard and they have NEVER let me down so from me,love em!

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by kersh13 a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2013

Strengths:    I have had my Juicy 5s for about 5 years now. They have been fairly maintenance free and still work just as well as they did the day I bought them. They're really easy to bleed.

Weaknesses:    Not enough power or adjustment.

Bottom Line:   
Overall, these brakes have served me well for the time that I have had them. I upgraded the hoses that came on them and have bled them a few times and changed the pads. I've never had any serious issues with them other than a little air getting in the lines once a few years ago.

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Favorite Trail:   Raccoon Mtn, TN

Duration Product Used:   5 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Adventure Cycles, Oa

Similar Products Used:   Avid Elixir 5, Avid Elixir CR

Bike Setup:   Niner EMD, X.9/X.0 drivetrain, Fox F29, White Industries/Stan's wheelset

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by BG a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2012

Strengths:    They stop fantastically...once, they won't release.

Weaknesses:    Can't adjust.

Bottom Line:   
Had these on a bike I bought, and have been a pain in the ass the whole time. They bite and won't let go. i've had them serviced and week later, the same thing. Climbing hills is hard enough without the brake permanately on!

Might as well use my foot. Pathetic.

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Favorite Trail:   T A

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Off internet.

Similar Products Used:   Dero mechainal.

Bike Setup:   Giant trance.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Doug

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2012

Strengths:    Nothing really spectacular.

Weaknesses:    I've had issues with these brakes for as long as I've had them. For starters, they're a pain to align. They also are very spongy. As others have noted they need to be bled frequently. They are also a huge pain to bleed. I'm looking for a replacement set after messing with these for way too long.

Bottom Line:   
1 chili on the overall rating for all the problems I've had, and 1 chili because no matter how cheap you get them they aren't worth spending any money on.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by grant191 a Cross Country Rider from st louis mo

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2012

Strengths:    great mid level brake set, good starter set to get into the hydro world. stop on a dime and require little maintenance

Weaknesses:    they "growl like a turkey" when new, but found after broke in. to re adjust the calipers and I clean the rotors after every ride with rubbing alcohol and they remain quiet

Bottom Line:   
good set of brakes even though there are newer models available

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Favorite Trail:   matson hill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   fuji tahoe pro 29er hardtail

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by norcorider95 a Downhiller from London, England

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2011

Strengths:    urm, not really that many, its okay i guess, very average, nothing special, i suppose it has good modulation. cheap too, also replacement parts are easy to find.

Weaknesses:    pads wore down quickly, cheap hose came stock, leaver moves up and down, hard and complicated to bleed, no leaver adjustments, doesnt look that great, need bleeding a lot, spongy. Pistons and seals broke on mine.

Bottom Line:   
Average, if its in a sale then go for it buy it, but be prepared to spend a lot on it, pads need replacing about once per month, need bleeding about once every 2 months because they get spongy quickly.
Might be worth getting an elixir 5 or something, maybe more pricey but in the end will work out cheaper.

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Favorite Trail:   Aston hill 4-2-3

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $60.00

Similar Products Used:   elixir 3, shimano deore m575.

Bike Setup:   Specialized big hit fsr 1 2010 with marz 66's, fox dhx 3, hope pro 2 hubs, mavic ex729 rim, crankbros 5050x pedals, sunline bars, nukeproof seat, holzfeller cranks, gravity stem, avid elixir brakes,E13 ls1+ chain device

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by GR a Cross Country Rider from Alexandria, VA

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2011

Strengths:    Great Stopping Power when wet.

Weaknesses:    Brake Drag that keeps reoccuring.

Bottom Line:   
Brake drag on rear brake since bike was new. After a year of working trying to fix it the bike shop got Avid to replace both brakes. Started dragging again a month later. Then it stopped for a year of commuting including including in foul weather. Started dragging again, had tune, still dragging. If you get a used bike with these brakes, spin the wheel and see if there is any drag, if so I would not buy, there is no long lasting fix. I will not buy another bike with Avid brakes

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Favorite Trail:   Mount Vernon

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   the First set of Juicy 5 later replaced free of charge by AVID.

Bike Setup:   Specialized

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Darryl a Cross Country Rider from canada

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2011

Strengths:    This brake works in any conditions! It always brakes! These hydraulic brakes are awesome at what they do. I always stop!

Weaknesses:    A bit noisy when braking hard but that doesn't matter if they are doing their job.

Bottom Line:   
If you want to stop then these brakes work! They have always done the job very well! I love these economical and tried and true brakes!

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Favorite Trail:   Waterloo Hydrocut

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Trails-of-Fire a Weekend Warrior from San Antonio TX

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2011

Strengths:    Good breaking power. Quiet- even when wet. Never have problems with dragging like some users describe happening. Okay my back does in one spot due to my bent rotor which was my fault. Two piece clamp allows removal with removing grips.

Weaknesses:    There are better, and more expensive, hydro brakes out there on the market.

Bottom Line:   
Look, you can go really expensive on hydro disk brakes and you can also go really cheap. However the Juicy 5's are middle-of-the-road brakes. Don't be fooled by negative posts. There you have it.

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Favorite Trail:   Smithsville

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   JensonUSA.com

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Jekyll

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by robpink a Weekend Warrior from England

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2011

Strengths:    levers are nice, don't have to take grips off. Look neat!

Weaknesses:    where to start.... The levers rattle, no pad adjustment, CONSTANT RUBBING!! i adjust them, then they just rub again after 5 minutes!!!
The noise of the brake is as people describe a 'turkey gobble'.
Not enough power, my old LX discs were way better.
The weird mounting system, that makes it impossible to align the calliper.
Rusty discs.


Bottom Line:   
as mentioned, so many issues.
If you have them and get on with them, fine.
If you're thinking of buying them, steer clear! Get shimano, never had a problem with them ever.

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Favorite Trail:   Gawton

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   LX discs much, much better!!
Saint brakes (not really on the same level!)
Hayes 9 (also turd)


Bike Setup:   Charge duster.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bmanskywalker a Weekend Warrior from Sandy, Utah, USA

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2011

Strengths:    Great modulation, Great Stopping Power, Easy to Set Up, Much better than v brakes

Weaknesses:    Loud when they're wet. 160mm rotor in the front might not be enough stopping power. I would recommend at least 180 up front.

Bottom Line:   
All around a really great brake. I would buy them again if I needed to. I would recommend these to a friend.

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Favorite Trail:   Gooseberry Mesa

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Haro ics 4.0 2003 almost all SRAM components. WTB dual duty wheels. Avid Juicy 5 160mm front and back.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by drdreas a Weekend Warrior from Corte Madera Ca. USA

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2011

Strengths:    -they stop the bike from moving when i pull the levers
-decent looks


Weaknesses:    -they rub constantly! i have to adjust the calipers after every couple of rides to temporarily reduce the rubbing, but it returns again.
-rear brake makes a turkey gobble sound and sends heavy vibrations through the whole bike.
-LOUD!! when i ride down my relatively steep driveway, the sound is tremendous. its like a fcuking air-raid siren or something. so loud in fact that my neighbors have called me out on it before. this is embarrassing, and i expect better from a high end brake system.
-rotors are prone to warping


Bottom Line:   
-if you already have them, upgrading isn't a necessity. they work, and for most people, thats what matters.
-if you are gonna buy a bike that comes equipped with them, go ahead and buy it. just be warned that they are NOT flawless, and will need your attention in the future.
-if you are planning on buying these by themselves, DON'T!

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Favorite Trail:   anything

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came with bike off c

Similar Products Used:   first pair of disc brakes that i've owned.

Bike Setup:   2008 stumpjumper fsr comp

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by mackienz a Cross Country Rider from nz

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2011

Strengths:    reasonable power

Weaknesses:    They don't have enough stopping power, so your arms get burned out on long descents. also they lack finesse. when i am going down technical twisty rocky steep sections i want smooth breaking, but these would just grip and release throwing my balance off.

Bottom Line:   
yip

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Favorite Trail:   chch

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   mackie_nz@hotmail.co

Similar Products Used:   shimano LX

Bike Setup:   trek fuel ex 8

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jharness a Cross Country Rider from colorado springs

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2010

Strengths:    worked well except pads can fall out

Weaknesses:    my rear brake pads keep falling out

Bottom Line:   
the brake pads are held in by a spring I have replaced the pads four times and put new springs in but the brake pad can and does fall out on down hills. One second my brakes are working great the next I have only one rear brake pad.
I will only use brakes with a retaining pin from now on price isn't an issue compared to saftey.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   came on bike

Similar Products Used:   magura marta sl

Bike Setup:   trek 69er top fuel

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