Avid Elixir 5 brake £124.99

Decent, reliable choice for the cash

BikeRadar score 3.5/5

The entry-level Elixir 5 disc brake delivers decent, reliable braking and a great lever feel at a reasonable price.

It isn’t quite the same as pricier models, because the reach adjuster barrel is recessed rather than exposed, so you have to reach it with an Allen key. Feel from the broad lever is equally solid though and the two-piece clamp and flip-flop design ease fitting.

Power is reasonable, if not outstanding in the dry, but truly powerful for a trail brake in wetter or cooler conditions. The unique Power Reserve geometry sweep offsets the slightly falling rate modulation too.

Bleeding is easy and quick but requires a specific syringe-based bleed kit. Reliability on the simpler Elixirs is great, although proper bedding-in is essential for decent pad life.

Dry brake test graph

Dry brake test graph for all brakes tested

Wet brake test graph

Wet brake test graph for all brakes tested

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