LikeThe name says - designedTo beThe ultimate hydraulic disc brake. Light, high-performance, and with cool features like a carbon lever blade,There isnt much else you could ask for.The caliper bodies are a forged, one-piece monoblok design and use AvidsTri-Align caliper positioning system for simple setup. WheresThe knob?This brake does away withThe large contact point adjustment knob youve seen on other Juicy brakes ( a weight-saving concession). Instead, you simply use a 2.5mm hex key (which a
Strengths: Great stopping power. Some of the best modulation of any brake I've tried - waaay better than the on/off feel of shimano. Very lightweight. Everything is adjustable. Carbon fiber lever does not get cold in the winter. These are top tier brakes designed to last for decades - can be fully rebuilt.
Weaknesses: Need to be bled using special avid procedure. Because everything is adjustable, you can greatly vary the tune of the way the brake behaves and subsequently performs. If you are competent, then none of this is an issue.
Simply put, these brakes are amazing. They are a high level brakset which requires attention to get them dialed. Most people have no idea what they are doing which results in a poorly performing brake. Once I bled them and dialed in the settings that worked for me, there wasn't a single brake on the market that could touch them.
Date Reviewed: March 14, 2013
Strengths: They stop.
Weaknesses: Too many to list.
These brakes are poorly made and as the top of the line Avid product at the time, I'm disappointed. I would look toward Magura which will be my next purchase. I am an daily rider and find these to be poorly designed, noisy, dragging, and all around a poor brake.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: November 3, 2012
Strengths: Good modulation, light weight, nice quality. Easy to adjust. They look good
Weaknesses: They do not use mineral oil. Mineral oil is a bit more user friendly to work with.
I have not had a bad experince with these brakes after 3 years of solid use. There are alot of knob jockeys complaining about these brakes. For example, how the f++k do you give an accurate review of some brakes you bought second hand on Ebay Ant from Australia? You knocker! & you have them only on the front with v brakes on the back? Genius! & to the moron who bled his own brakes & had debris in the fluid, how the f++k is that a fault of Avid you backyard hack? Take it to the bike shop & get the job done properly! Who buys Ultimates & can not afford maintenance??
Similar Products Used: Shimano XT & XTR 2008 & 09. Hayes also.
Bike Setup: I had these on my Intense then transferred them onto my 07 Stumpjumper, then on my 08 Stumpjumper Pro
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 13, 2011
Strengths: - Low maintenance
- works well
Weaknesses: None yet
These brakes were on the bike when I got it on 2008. I ride all year round in Squamish, NS and Whistler, average about 50+ kms per week of tech XC trails in all conditions. I maintain my bike myself, have had to do a lot of adjustments to everything - except these brakes! They have performed excellently since day-1 and just keep going for over 3 years now. I am on the 4th set of pads, but have never had to bleed or do anything but tune rotors and change pads. Only noisy when wet, and only then occasionally. Cannot understand those who say pads are hard to change (???).
Similar Products Used: Hope Tech M4, Avid Juicy 3, Magura Marta Mag, XT
Bike Setup: XTR Turner flux with Magura Marta Brakes, Crossmax SLR Wheels, Thomson and Hope Sparkly bits.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: March 5, 2011
Strengths: It stops the bike.
Weaknesses: Must be a godd deal from the Avid manufacturers for Specialized. These things work well, when they work, but only after much effort. Changing pads needs a workshop and you need to bleed them each time. Getting pads in and out is hard, even with the bleeding and instructions. Adjustment required every few months to prevent the additional friction of the front brake on the front disc.
I guess my main problem is the comparison with my Shimano Deore breaks, and now with SLX, which have replaced the Avid. Both of these feel bomb proof, and require little maintenance. When maintenance is required, it's fairly straight forward, and does not require the sort of black art of the Avids. Sure the Avid's feel more direct at the start of braking, but after a few rides, thedifference is forgotten, and you have to jump on and off bikes with the different brakes to remember. And the Avids leak, and the synthetic oil sucks water.....
Damn things jammed fast and threw me over the handlebars. Could've been a stone got stuck in there.... but given other experiences, my confidence is diminished.
Those of you out there who have had great experiences, lucky you. From my point of view, a return to Shimano with the SLX has broght back riding with no 'bonus friction' from the front brake and an ability to change pads with impunity. I spent 3 months riding another bike rather than even try...
MAintenance is painful, given the frequency required; changing pads; bleeding should not need done so often; pistons should not need played with so much.
Use these if 1. they came with the bike and you forgot to ask for something else 2. you have no choice, they are still better than V-Brakes.
Similar Products Used: Shimano Deore, Shimano SLX, Hope Mono
Bike Setup: Stumpjumper
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: December 6, 2010
Weaknesses: Had to bleed the system twice in the first month fluid was full of debris. Rear calliper failed at 330km, has to fully replaced?
I will never touch avid again. Luckily the catastrophic leak from the rear calliper happened after a ride when I was testing the breaks for a spongy feel, just completed some big downhills. Fluid everywhere, I feel a luck man.
a Weekend Warrior
from Windsor, Ontario Canada
Date Reviewed: November 10, 2010
Strengths: Nice compact design.An attention to detail,well built and made to last I hope. Reading the negitive reviews isn't that promising hopefully they are few and fare between.Also hope the manufacturer stands behind their product with good or exceptional customer service. Hint Hint.
Weaknesses: Had to be bled right out of the box whoever did this job at the time of the manufacturing process should be fired,I'm a mechanical brake guy who switched to hydralic for the performance side of the coin hope I'm not disapointed.The resivoir should be redesigned so that when the the brake handle is in it's neutral positionon the handlebar, the resivior is facing straight up next to the handle bar. Then you would truely have a easy to service brake fluid/bleeding service adjustment.
Yes I would recommend these brakes to a friend,they work as good as they look.I sure hope I don't have the problems that some of the other people have complained about in this product review survey. If I can help anybody with answering any questions regarding how hydralic cylinders/master and calipers work please feel free to Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Similar Products Used: Hayes mechanical disc brakes.also Tektro mech disc brakes.
Bike Setup: Marin. Mount Vision 5.6 mountain bike
a Weekend Warrior
from Southern NH
Date Reviewed: August 11, 2010
Strengths: Weight, stopping power, looks, not bulky, easy to adjust, very little noise once properly adjusted. Rotors are easy to adjust if bent too! Running for two years now and have not had to bleed once.
For aggressive XC/AM style riding, these fit me perfect. I'm on the lighter side at 165 (175 with all gear) so that also factors I'm sure. These brakes have been pure bliss coming off of an older pair of Hayes.
a Cross Country Rider
from Western Washington
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2010
Strengths: Stop on a dime, good modulation, good feel Fairly light.
Weaknesses: Bike had not been ridden for awhile when I got it and the front caliper was stuck and rubbing. Pulled the wheel and spread the pads a couple times and no issues now.
Levers are $40 to replace if you break one.
I have had the bike for a couple weeks now with several rides, both muddy and dry. No issues what so ever. I am really impressed with the brakes. Great feel and modulation.
The carbon levers have a great feel and some bling factor.
These are nice brakes when they work. But I'm constantly adjusting them due to rotor rub. They need to be bled once every 4-6 weeks because they lose all stopping power. Had problems with the pistons not working properly. They're a major source of frustration and I'll be replacing them with another brand this week. I'm just tired of having to tinker with them just to get them to work for half a ride.
I have about had it with my Juicy Ultimates (mounted to my 2008 Specialized SJ FSR Expert), and I am about to pull the trigger on replacements. I have been battling sticky pistons (front and rear), and today, after two bleeds of the rear brakes, I still can't 1) unstick one of the pistons (and I'm ... Read More »
I broke the right brake blade on my bike...i used the search feature and all of the same queries were from like 2008.... my bike is a 2010 and for the life of me I cant find one stinkin replacement blade without either buying a pair for close to $100....what options do i have?
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These brakesets are starting to get up there in age, and rebuilding them still costs less than buying new brakes. Universal Cycles was the only place I could find that had both rebuild kits in stock. Using the 10% VIP coupon just about covered shipping.
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I am building a Yeti ARC hardtail that will be used for some general trail riding and cross country racing and X-terra type off-road triathlons - XT group, Fox float 32 RLC fork, Mavic SL wheels, Thomson post and stem, WTB Rocket seat ... I have the option to use either Shimano 2010 M775 brakes or s ... Read More »
When I go to pull the lever on my rear Avid Juicy Ultimate brake I can only pull it about 10% of its travel then it just locks up. Neither of the pistons move at all. This happened right after I pushed the pistons back into the calipers to help remove the brake pads. Not really sure where to start a ... Read More »