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I have two bikes.

2009 Giant Anthem X
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2009 Giant Trance X

Both are equipped with Avid elixir R and i have noticed a weird thing.

On the trance X set of brakes when i push the brake lever away from me they spring back which is great.

On the anthem X it stays out? One of my friends set also stays out instead of springing back. Ive had a look on the net for some tech drawings or manuals but could not find any. Is there something wrong here? Braking wise they perform similarly performance wise but this not returning to its normal position is annoying as the position of the lever shifts on its own accord hammering down the trail.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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The reach adjust bolt (not the tool-less wheel) for the Anthem X sense is too tight, I think. Take the lever off and loosen the bolt a few turns.
 

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Wish I Were Riding said:
I don't understand either reply. But my levers spring back if pushed out.
You can adjust the reach by either spinning the wheel thingie or by using an allen wrench on the bolt at the base of the lever. If the bolt is too tight, then you can't adjust the reach close enough to get the "spring" back.
 

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dmcgoy said:
You can adjust the reach by either spinning the wheel thingie or by using an allen wrench on the bolt at the base of the lever. If the bolt is too tight, then you can't adjust the reach close enough to get the "spring" back.
That's much clearer. I never touched the bolt on mine, but I turned the wheel until the levers are almost at their closest position.
 

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i have tried a full range of options on the bolt and the adjustment wheel and they both dont seem to do anythin gin regard to the springing back.

I can see the spring it isnt doing anything. I noticed the way it is hinging is completly different to my other set of elixir r hmmmm.

Does anyone have any technical drawings in regards to the assembly of our brakes?

the best pics i could find are

 

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actualy looking at that pic i kinda have an idea of whats wrong.

The spring only works if the lever is hinged to something. I noticed that the circled part on my trance x does not swing outwards more so stays in a single position where as on my anthem the lever comes outwards almost as if it is coming out of the body of the brake levers. Might have to find a way to open it up and see how i can make sure it is indeed on that hinge.

 

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Did you crash?

I had a crash and now the right lever does something similar to what you describing. When I push the lever away from the handle bars it doesn't spring back until i pull it past a certain point and it makes a little click. I can't figure it out but it seems to work fine if the lever doesn't get pushed forward. Any way check out this pdf, http://www.sram.com/_media/pdf/avid/dealers/TM_MY09_E.pdf, page 10 for a picture diagram of the lever internals.
 

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there is no way to perform wahts on page 11 in stage 4-5-6 without draining the fluid is there?

Is it somethign that can be done whilst retaining all the fluid?
 

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jdc5r said:
there is no way to perform wahts on page 11 in stage 4-5-6 without draining the fluid is there?

Is it somethign that can be done whilst retaining all the fluid?
Absolutely not! You usually have to re-bleed when you cut the hydraulic line - of course you'll have to re-bleed after taking the entire master cylinder apart!

So, sorry, you'll have to buy a bleed kit (or borrow one) crack open the lever body.
 

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My Elixir CR's do the same - if I push the levers outward, they stay until I pull them back and there's a little click. Let us know if you figure this out!
 

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I think the lever needs to go for a rebuild since i would need to bleed the brakes to take it apart.

Seems like a lot more people having the same issue and i am questioning the product design now ..... hmmmmm..
 

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my rear lever is doing this now as well....showed the bike shop but they were not sure what was going on as it still works fine. My front lever springs back fine
 

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Mine too!

my rear lever is doing this now as well....showed the bike shop but they were not sure what was going on as it still works fine. My front lever springs back fine
Old post.. but useful for anyone with Avid levers. I crashed the other night and now my rear lever exhibits this issue - it was hyper extended and now can be extended forward. A rebuild kit is likely in order unless this trick works.

OK - this video might help explain how to fix without disassembly.

Avid Elixir R Lever Fix - YouTube
 

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Another old post revival, but i figured this dogbone deisgn was kind of like a "break away" feature, in the even you do crash it could come unhinged without breaking your lever or ripping out your internals.
 
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