Avid Juicy 3 review£59.99

Price/performance makes this disc a bargain

BikeRadar score4/5Find prices on Bicycle Blue Book

Avid’s Juicy 3 is one of the best feeling brakes around, and one of the cheapest. The blade angle might look wonky, but the way it pulls gives consistent feedback and control and more power than most brakes for a given rotor size.

At this level, you don’t get the two-piece bar clamp of the Juicy 5 (£89.99) but the same cup and cone CPS washer system makes universal set-up easy. And while their DOT 4 brake fluid is less happy about getting hot in the mountains than 5.1 DOT fluid, you can always change fluids yourself.

Original pad life is sometimes short but there are plenty of replacement brands available and revised pricing makes them an absolute bargain.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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