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While bombing down a mountain at top speeds, the last thing you need is whimpy brakes. You need strong and reliable brakes. The Avid Code is just that, strong and reliable. A huge advance in the Code is the variable piston diameters. With variable piston diameters, braking does not result in a jolting movement; braking is smooth and power progression is felt throughout the pull of the lever. Weighing in at 410 grams, the Code is lighter than many XC brakes. The tri-Align positioning system makes it fast and easy to install your brakes. Brake pads are top- loading, and can be changed without even taking the wheel off. Get on the trail faster!

  • Box contains one caliper, one lever, and one rotor
  • Weight: 410 grams
  • Lever material: Black aluminum lever, 3 cartridge bearing lever pivot
  • Caliper Deisgn: 4 piston, dualp diameter, forged 2- piece
  • Rotor: HS1
  • Pad: Organic, top loading
  • Fluid: Dot 5.1
  • Mount: Ambidextrous
  • Adjustment: Contact point adjustment, tool- free reach adjustment, adjustable banjo, tri- align caliper positioning
  • Matchmaker compatible
  • TaperBore Technology
  • Reversible break- away lever
  • Split Clamp


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Avid Code Disc Caliper w/ Lever '12

(based on 3 reviews)

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Great Power and Adjustability

By Myq

from Vancouver, BC

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer


  • Easy To Install
  • Good Modulation
  • Lightweight
  • Very adjustable


    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking

    Comments about Avid Code Disc Caliper w/ Lever '12:

    I use these brakes on my DH bike and I love their ability to adjust the lever to exactly the right contact point. I used to use Shimano Saints but got frustrated with their limited lever adjustment. Both brakes have great stopping power!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Powerful, reliable brakes

    By evdog

    from San Diego CA

    Verified Reviewer


    • Awesome Modulation
    • Powerful
    • Reliable
    • Seldom Need Adjustment


    • Expensive

    Best Uses

      Comments about Avid Code Disc Caliper w/ Lever '12:

      My new bike came with Avid Elixirs. They were very powerful but had zero modulation - it was all or nothing, and this became very dangerous on steep descents. I replaced them with Avid Codes, which were just as powerful but have awesome modulation. The amount of extra control these give me has been awesome, makes all the difference.

      These brakes have also been very reliable. I find with other Avid brakes (various elixir models) I am constantly having to re-set the pistons, adjust the reach, and even bleed them to keep the pads from contacting the rotors. I have not had to touch the Codes, they are very consistent in terms of performance. For me its worth the extra cash to upgrade to these over any other Avid brake. I've been using them for just over 1 year.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


      still big time issues

      By dave

      from canada

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Avid Code Disc Caliper w/ Lever '12:

      New bike, new brakes. I had the old version of the code and when I got a new frame I decided that it was time for new brakes. It only took 3 weeks to have issues with the master cylinder. Within a month they were leaking oil and completely blown.

      For the looks the code wins, however once again Avid has failed to fix the major issue with their high end product. At least they warranty centre is great and they sent me a brand new set. I will be selling them and getting the new saints.

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