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Avid Elixir 3 Disc Brake

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The Elixir 3 is the perfect blend of power, performance and value. With the same excellent performance as its big brother the Elixir CR, the Elixir 3 is a less expensive version with a little added weight. The Elixir 3 features TaperBore technology found in the more expensive brakes offered by Avid. TaperBore refers to the patent pending closure system that shaves weight, looks sleek, and improves lever feedback, and provides ultimate power and control. Enjoy the top- loading pad feature. Replace pads without even dropping your wheel! New disc- brake pads can be installed without taking the wheel off. The Tri- Align caliper positioning system makes it easy to align your caliper to the rotor. With all these features, and excellent braking power, this is one obvious upgrade to your rig!

  • Weight: 395grams
  • Lever Material: Black aluminum lever, aluminum body
  • Caliper Design: 2 piston, forged 2 piece aluminum
  • Rotor: HS1 6 bolt
  • Fluid: DOT 5.1
  • Mount: Ambidextrous
  • Adjustment: Reach adjustment, Tri- Align caliper positioning

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Avid Elixir 3 Disc Brake
 
2.8

(based on 6 reviews)

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3.0

Elixir 3

By Maine Mountain Biker

from Maine, Maine

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good price

Cons

  • Sometimes noisy

Best Uses

  • Mtb Braking

Comments about Avid Elixir 3 Disc Brake:

I have been riding this brakes for about four months. Decent braking for a decent price. They have replaced my old Avid Juicy Fives. Compared to the Juicy Fives this brake is a huge improvement. Not a whole lot of adjustment available but for the money I am happy with this brake.

 
4.0

Very good affordable brake system

By SagsJr

from South Eastern Massachusetts

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Avid Elixir 3 Disc Brake:

I bought these to replace my rear brakes and they have worked great from day 1. They may not be the best brakes out there but I have not had any issue with them. I do wish they had some adjustability in the caliper but for the price they have been solid.

 
3.0

Not Bad, Could be Better

By Chuck

from Tampa, FL

Pros

  • price
  • Stopping

Cons

  • Noisy

Best Uses

    Comments about Avid Elixir 3 Disc Brake:

    These brakes came with my bike and although they do what they are supposed to and stop better than the mechanical discs on my previous bike, they often feel spongy and always seem to be producing noises such as grinding and squeaking. Overall not bad and would likely be great for the budget minded, but there are others for just slightly more that I have experienced that have fewer problems.

     
    2.0

    Avid Elixir 3

    By Ned

    from Toledo, OH

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good stopping power
    • They work

    Cons

    • Bad Caliper Engagement
    • Difficult To Bleed
    • Noisy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Avid Elixir 3 Disc Brake:

      The bleeding process is on the more difficult end and they still seem a little spongy. Also, they will sometimes make a screaching noise and you can feel what seems like the pads to be almost grinding on the calpier. Aside from that, however, when set up properly, they do get the job done.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good Brakes...Good Price

      By JSW

      from Ann Arbor, MI

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good modulation
      • Good stopping power

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mtb xc

        Comments about Avid Elixir 3 Disc Brake:

        Take your time and set up according to instructions and you will be rewarded with no drag or squeal. You must be able to spin your tire while you line up the caliper..then torque to 8 to 10 nm......Use a work stand or hang your bike on your car rack for the install.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Squeals like a Pig

        By sweetp

        from ohio

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • They stop your bike

        Cons

        • No pad clearance adjust
        • They rub

        Best Uses

        • Disturbing the Peace
        • Spooking Mountain Lions

        Comments about Avid Elixir 3 Disc Brake:

        These brakes came standard on my new bike. After a month of screwing around with these, I am done with them. I have tried every possible fix, but the squeals, and tick-tick-tick noises keep coming back no matter how well adjusted. Of course, I have no tolerance for brake rub at even the most minute level. After having dug around the forums I have learned that this is a common and "accepted" condition of these brakes. I am switching to BB7 mechanical brakes (GASP!) so that I can tweak and adjust to my hearts content. I think hydro's are just too much fuss for me. Some hydro's do have pad clearance adjust for a lot more money.

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