Avid Juicy Seven Carbon review£165.00

Well proven with great feel and power but not happy when hot

BikeRadar score4/5

The Juicy Seven Carbon gets all the black fibre bling but with more accessible and practical features, making it an impressive trail all-rounder.

The oddly angled lever of the ‘power reserve geometry’ design gives a great, easily modulated lever feel, while the bite point and reach are easily adjustable. These brakes kick out more power than average for a given rotor size too, so you’ll find that 185mm is more than ample for most situations.

They’re not the lightest brake around, but you can save a few extra grams by using a Matchmaker shared clamp for the SRAM X.0 and X.9 shifters. 3D rub-free setup is easy with the cup and cone spacer washers, too. However, the shortage of heat tolerance and rapid fadeout mean that the Juicy Seven Carbon is not a recommended full mountain brake.

The carbons look great but if you’re after value the 18g heavier Juicy Seven is £40 less.

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