Has anyone actualy had a good experience of Avid brakes?
Yep. 2nd hand Juicy 5s lasted me 3-4 years including a summer in whistler, still probably fine to use as well. Went back to Elixir 3s from slx on my main bike and much happier. BB7s awesome as well. Absolutely no problems here! I only changed the juicy 5s cos I fancied something new and shiny as well 🙂Posted 4 years agoDickBartonMember
…only when I replaced them…and the good experience was that I didn’t need to use them again!
Don’t like the feel of the lever, don’t like the feel of the actual brake, bleeding is ok but nothing good or bad, pad replacement is a ball-ache…pleased I got shot of them.Posted 4 years agoChrisISubscriber
Had loads of Juicy’s and Elixir’s, currently running Elixir 9s on mine and the missus bike, and held up fine in the Alps last year for PdS and Les Gets bike park, and still going strong.
Bleeding can be hit and miss. Still not 100% sure whats needed to make the bleed go right as I do the same thing every time and sometimes its a good un, sometimes not. I do tend to push more fluid through than they say, that seems to get a bit more air out. I think its pot luck and if you get some trapped air it can be a sod to get out.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
They always seem to get good reviews, and presumably the mags ride them a fair bit before passing judgement(well hopefully).
But some Elixir 5’s came on my new bike, they’ve made it 192 mostly dry trail center (swinely) miles before now either being rock hard with no free play or pulling to the bar, and there’s no guessing which they’ll do for any given pull!
This is the second set I’ve had that’s gone to pot within the first month of riding so I’m pretty much convinced they really are this bad. The last set went back to Fishers and came back with a note saying I’d bled them incorrectly, which was strange as they failed before I bled them (must have been preemptive failure), failed again after I’d bled them, and failed again after Fishers had apparently bled them correctly!
This time the new bike was new (but never ridden by the original owner) so at least I don’t have to deal with months of faffing before I can bin them.
Time to go back to hopes, they might not be as powerfull, and they might cost several times more, but on the basis my last two sets weren’t maintained in 3 years, that’s 36x better reliability.Posted 4 years agoroverpigSubscriber
Elixir 5’s on my Trance seem fine to me. I wasn’t a big fan of the funny washers on the brake mounts and it took me a few goes to get them lined up perfectly, but now they are they give as much power as I could ever need. I also bought an Epic solutions bleed kit and learnt how to bleed them, which only takes 5 minutes every few months and keeps them sweet.Posted 4 years agohiggoMember
I’ve got a set of ancient Juicys and some Elixirs from the first year they came out. As my bikes have chopped and changed over the years I’ve got rid of Shimano, Hope and Magura brakes but stuck with the Avids.
They just work.Posted 4 years ago
To be fair the Shimano were good too but I didn’t like the feel of the Magura and the Hope were unreliable.Garry_LagerSubscriber
grilla – Member
Elixir 5’s came on my bike, worked for the past 18 months with no maintenance other than changing pads, never been bled. Mine needed bled on first pad change, on two bikes, as the OEM pads were thinner than new ones. Possibly not avid’s fault, mind.
Elixir 5s are basically OK IME, good but not great performance and annoying amount of adjustment / bleeding. Not bad enough that you just have to upgrade them with something good asap, more something to replace in time when you’ve got some spare bike money.Posted 4 years agospectabilisMember
Factory bleeds are hit n miss . Seen plenty with the “one pull ok next straight to the bar” symptoms.Posted 4 years ago
‘re-bled a set of Elixir 1’s on a mates bike recently and they seem fine. He’s happy with the feel of them, can’t stand the things myself…I don’t get on with any other than Hope’s .cycl1ngjbMember
Had 3 sets of Juicy 7’s – never had any problems with those.
Currently running 4 sets of Elixirs: –
1. Elixir 1’s – nearly new – bled rear once no issues since – front no issues
2. Elixir 5’s – 2 year old front & nearly new rear – had to bleed the rear on receipt – no issues since – front never bled
3. Elixir R’s – 2 year old front & rear – never bled – the sharpest of the ones I own
4. Elixir R rear & CR front – never bled the front – had to bleed the rear recently (twice) – I didn’t do a great job first time, but got it spot on second time
Followed the SRAM tech video to get the bleed process correct – just make sure I take my time nowerdays to get all of the air out
I’m happy with them & the only ones I’d think about swapping for is the latest Shimano onesPosted 4 years ago
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