Avid Elixir 7 disc brake review£150.00

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Now they’ve sorted out reliability troubles, Avid’s mid-price Elixir 7 brake is a great lightweight, high-control all-rounder. An internal overhaul has eliminated all the previous position and bleed intolerance issues, and turned the Elixir from a brake to avoid to a brake to look for.

The fact there’s no bite point adjust on the 7 means less potential to go wrong and it’s not Avid’s strongest feature anyway. The alloy master cylinder feels stiffer when emergency braking than the magnesium pieces on more expensive Avids. 

You still get a carbon fibre blade to keep winter fingers warm and overall weight is low for the price. The unique Avid lever sweep also feels great and the reach adjuster knob tucked inside the lever works really well too, even if it looks odd. This all translates to crisp but very rich and traction friendly feedback on the trail even when there’s very little grip to play with.

New 180mm (rather than 185mm rotors) add cross brand compatibility, get rid of the old warbling noise issues and drop 20g over the old discs. All rotor sizes cost the same too so extra power doesn’t mean extra expense. The MMX clamp option means really neat syncing with SRAM shifters and RockShox remote controls too.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike 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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