Avid Code disc brake review£199.99

Four-cylinder power

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The new Code brake is Avid’s big muscle downhill unit, complete with smooth action and four-cylinder power. The master cylinder is essentially an upsized Elixir design with more fluid capacity and a burly lever blade with reach and bite point adjustment, plus smooth sealed bearing pivots. The twin-bolt clamp design is ambidextrous too.

The big four-pot calliper has a hidden hose, and the long calliper, cup-and-cone washer setup definitely tests patience, but the initial power is very impressive. It’s a much more consistent and controlled delivery than the Code R brake too, with the smooth lever boosting fine feedback levels even further. It weighs less than 500g too, making it a viable heavy duty trail brake not just a downhill piece.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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