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Avid Elixir 5 Disc Brakes

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When the trail is uncertain, good strong brakes are essential. Avid creates high end bicycle components for riders of every caliber.
The Elixir 5 embodies high end quality, in a simpler more affordable package. The Elixir 5 features TaperBore Technology, a powerful two piece caliper design and easy access tooled reach adjust.

Weight

392 grams

Caliper Design

2 Piston, Forged, 2 piece Aluminum

Rotor

HS1

Pad

Top Loading

Fluid

DOT 5.1

Mount

Ambidextrous

Adjustment

Reach, Tri- Align Caliper Positioning

Special Features

TaperBore Technology, MatchMaker Compatible, Split Clamp

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Avid Elixir 5 Disc Brakes
 
3.8

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good modulation (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

      Reviewed by 8 customers

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      4.0

      I like 'em

      By J

      from Oregon

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stopping Power
      • Progressive

      Cons

      • Non-adj Engagement Point

      Best Uses

      • Trails
      • XC

      Comments about Avid Elixir 5 Disc Brakes:

      This is my first hydraulic brake set used on a bicycle. In my experience with mech. disc and v-brakes, these have much more stopping power with very little effort in any weather. And take in mind I am only using 160mm rotors.
      I've had the brakes for 3 months and ride my bike every other day and have yet to service them. They seem to be holding up really well.
      My only complaint is you can not adjust the engagement point and if you have larger hands the lever might hit your finger before strong braking begins.

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      4.0

      Works as described

      By Erock

      from DFW

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Mount
      • Good modulation
      • Look Great

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Enduro
        • Trail
        • XC

        Comments about Avid Elixir 5 Disc Brakes:

        Hard to know what to believe with all the mixed reviews but I've had these brakes for the last 6 months and had no issues. They mount easy and reliably stop me when I need them to. Not alot of fancy adjustments which is fine with me. If you're a regular guy/gal who just likes to ride hard and not spend hours appraising every minute detail of each part on your ride these brakes work great.

         
        4.0

        Good value

        By Yardbull

        from Draper, UT

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good modulation
        • Great Value

        Cons

        • Ghetto Reach Adjust

        Best Uses

          Comments about Avid Elixir 5 Disc Brakes:

          I have these on my DH and DJ bikes. They are pretty good. I honestly cannot tell the difference between these and code. The price is nice. I have broken the reach adjust screw on one and ordered a replacement. Easy fix for a gnarly crash. No complaints really.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          works for me

          By tontonuy5

          from Pleasant Hill, CA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Relatively cheap
          • works

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • all-mountain
            • Trail

            Comments about Avid Elixir 5 Disc Brakes:

            From what I've heard and read, Elixirs are either a hit or a miss. I guess I've been lucky. I have two sets of the Fives. One on my Enduro that I've been using for 3 years, which prompted me to get another pair for my DH/Freeride bike. Cut and bled the rear, used the front right out of the box. I've never had any problems with them. Crashed and smashed my levers on rocks, and they're still working. No leaks, no fade. Maybe it helps that I'm using 8-inch rotors. Certainly worth the price I paid for them.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The best brakes ive ever tried

            By Jorge chacon

            from Guatemala

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Amazing Stoping Power
            • Light Weight
            • Nice design
            • No Fading

            Cons

            • None at the moment

            Best Uses

            • all mountain

            Comments about Avid Elixir 5 Disc Brakes:

            I have been using them for more than one year and i am happy with the purchase

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good, but not outstanding

            By Chocolate Bike

            from Monterey

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good modulation
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Laborious To Bleed

            Best Uses

            • all mountain
            • Cross country
            • Dirt Jumping

            Comments about Avid Elixir 5 Disc Brakes:

            I have these elixirs two bikes. My hardtail 29er has been working flawlessly with this system. It has nice power, it slows you down. What else do you want. The pair on my dirt jumpers however have been finicky. Development of air in the hose is not uncommon. Loss of power can be felt in the lever in times of heavy use or un-level bike orientation. Don't get me wrong, these brakes will work and are good for intended purposes, but I feel there are better options out there. (xt brakes)

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Dangerous

            By Yeti Jake

            from Belgrade, MT

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about Avid Elixir 5 Disc Brakes:

            I assumed after the first set that I must have a bad set of brakes from the factory. Numerous shop techs agreed. Avid did warranty the original set, but the new ones have performed exactly like the others. I don't know how air gets into these things so easily. I generally ride smooth trails without big, steep downhills and over the course of one or two rides these things are downright dangerous, engaging sometimes and almost not at all other times depending on what type of bump I hit I guess. 6 bleeds by 3 different shops. Are all the techs doing it wrong? Doubt it. I believe these should be subject to a safety recall. I will say that the Avid RSLC's on my wife's bike seem very good. They have a different level, so I guess the problem is in the Elixir 5 lever.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Sweet

            By sensai_miagi

            from Sydney

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Includes adapters pads

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Avid Elixir 5 Disc Brakes:

                haven't installed these yet but expect they will be good like my trusty juicy 5's. what i wanted to help by saying is that the pads are included in the box and the front brake comes with 20 mm PM (post-mount) adaptor so you don't need to buy separately. I also like it that rotors are included so you don't need to buy many parts like with shimano

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