Avid Elixir CR Carbon Disc Brake - 2009

Posted by paul c walton on 20:34 8 comments

Avid 2009 Elixir CR Carbon front and Rear Disc Brake-Right Lever 1400mm hose

* Tapered Bore Lever with Integrated Reservoir
* Tools free contact adjust and reach adjust
* Two-piece calliper with adjustable banjo
* Carbon lever blade
* Top loading pads
* MatchMaker compatible
* DOT 5.1 standard
* G3 clean sweep rotor design
* 160, 185mm
* Weight: 369g

After dragging myself away from gaming and recovering from a really bad lower back strain I decided to get out and test the new brakes that I was so clearly forced to buy after my avid 5s front piston ceased up on me ^^ After some searching for a replacement brake I came across exactly what it was that would pimp my bike up, The Avid Elixir CR Carbon Disc Brake - 2009 from Chain Reaction Cycles at £69.00 each  without rotors. Not getting any rotors posed no problem due to the fact that I already had some,,, bargain comes to mind..  :-)

The brakes took  2-3 short  rides to bed in but when they do get well bedded in you know about it as I did today.. The bite these babies have is amazing, totally different compared to some of the other avid models.
What really stood out to me was the fact that once set up the brake had no signs of disk rub whatsoever! To sum things up I would say that the brakes feel good and they catch the eye (more than once) when fitted also the contact pad adjustment is a nice feature. But two things caused fitting problems for me.

1) The arrow on one of the contact pad adjuster units is pointing the wrong way..
2) The hose for the front brake is way too long (in my personal opinion).

For me these brakes rock though and I would have been prepared to pay a little more for them. Its a shame that they are discontinued at Chain Reaction Cycles because I know you would love them too!!

8 Responses so far:

Clive Chapman said...

I'm looking for some disc brakes, I'll have to add these to my list.

marzocchi 888 said...

It sucks that they're discontinued, I was heading towards Chain Reaction as I read the post. I run a single Magura HS33 on the back but I'd ideally like to get a disc to cope better in the winter months.

Are they still making a comparable model to this brake?

paul c walton said...
Clipless Pedals said...

Hey great post. Shame the brakes have been discountined though, I was sold on them.

Ill have a quick scout around on eBay or maybe someone has a comparable set?

Steve Greening said...

A friend of mine I ride with occasionally has the Avid Elixirs and cannot praise them enough.

I have been toying with getting a set and have found a few websites who have a few in stock but few and far between and as you have mentioned, the prices reflects the fact not many stores have them due to be discontinued.

Petzl Myo RXP said...

These came on my Kona. They are pretty damn nice.

baby blothes said...

I put these on my bike and what a upgrade! WOW.

conference gifts said...

Looks great! Does it work as great as it looks? We'll have to wait and see. But I think it will be great because it is coming from a good brand.

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