Avid Elixir CR disc brake review£174.99

Potentially great

BikeRadar score2.5/5

Avid’s Elixir CR is a popular original fit on higher-end bikes but its revamped reliability needs proving. The stout carbon fibre lever is kinder to your fingers than alloy in cold weather because it conducts heat less.

The CR's tight pad clearance and 3D washer adjustment can make setup awkward though, and it's weighty for its price. Power, modulation and feel are outstanding though, which makes it a potentially great technical brake.

We say “potentially” because the bite point adjustment means most of the sets we’ve used over the past year have had problems with trapped air, which causes the levers to pull straight back to the bars. Avid promise they’ve fixed this for 2011 and first samples have been fine, but it’s still expensive for its weight.

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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