Avid Elixir 3 disc brake review£99.99

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Avid's Elixir 3 is very common on complete bikes, and well worth a look as a complete aftermarket brakeset. The big step up over the £75 Elixir 1 is a twin-bolt clamp on the master cylinder. This makes bar fitting a lot simpler and syncs with SRAM’s tidy MatchMaker combined brake and shifter/remote lever mounts. 

The latest HS1 lightweight rotor also helps towards a combined weight saving of 30g and reduced noise. DOT 5.1 (rather than DOT 4) fluid gives better heat resistance, while fewer cup-and-cone washers on the calliper mount mean faster setup. Avid’s unique lever sweep means the Elixir 3 feels stronger on the trail than it looks on the dyno, and fine control and feel are excellent. Cheaper Elixirs have always been the most reliable family members too.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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