Avid Elixir CR Mag Disc Brake System

Avid Elixir CR Mag Disc Brake System 

DESCRIPTION

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

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 25, 2012]
mlaff
All Mountain Rider

Strength:

Good modulation, reliable lever feel, lots of breaking force.

Weakness:

6" rotors couldn't handle long-steep descents.

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.

Similar Products Used:

Formula Oro K24

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 30, 2011]
MultiRider
Racer

Strength:

Reliable, effective, great power, great modulation, easy to replace the pads

Weakness:

The reach adjustment is a bit hard to use, could use more grip and be easier to turn

Mine are the 2011 model. Work great, no issues, no bleeding, they just work.

Similar Products Used:

Hayes

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 18, 2011]
esm
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Awesome cross country brake. Terrific modulation and light.

Weakness:

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.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 30, 2011]
dpugh5
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

look cool lightweight decent stopping power

Weakness:

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 !

Similar Products Used:

bb-7 hope tech x2 avid juicy 7

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 20, 2010]
fipogg
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Works great, no leaks so far. Have had to slightly adjust the pads to avoid noise.

Weakness:

None yet.

Will certainly recommend these brakes however have noticed that Santa Cruz did replace the Avid Elixir CR Mag I purchased a year ago built in my bike with Formula The One brakes for their 2011 model.

Similar Products Used:

None

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 04, 2010]
Greensprings
Racer

Strength:

light, durable, effective when working properly

Weakness:

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.

Similar Products Used:

XTR

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jul 16, 2010]
helifitz
Racer

Strength:

When there is no air in the system they work great.

Weakness:

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!

I expect a safety recall on these brakes soon.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jul 09, 2010]
sniggle
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Light, highly engineered, flawless

Weakness:

Some noise, overly long hose

Work flawlessly, a bit loud in the rear, moved to organic pads and it's helped quite a bit. No thought or hesitation, they're there and I have complete faith in them. Carbon levers are bad ass.

Similar Products Used:

Hayes, BB7

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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