Avid Juicy 3.5 disc brake review£87.00

Bargain braking

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The original Avid hydraulic disc brake, the Juicy, is still a regular sight on complete bikes and a competent and high control performer.

The fact that it's an expensive brake that’s become cheaper – rather than one that’s been made cheaply – is obvious in its sleek looks.

Avid features like the cup-and-cone washer 3D mounting system, the broad angled lever and small two-piece calliper are all present and correct.

Unlike the Juicy 3, the 3.5 has a two-piece bar clamp for easy installation and it’s a flip-flop design, so left-handed front brakers can switch sides without having to bleed it.

The Power Reserve Geometry lever sweep really does boost the feel of power and control on the trail, which gives the Juicy a real control and ‘proper brake feel’ edge over most other budget brakes.

Reliability is excellent, weight is reasonable and spares are very easy to get hold of too. Replace the DOT 4 fluid with DOT 5.1 for big-mountain use, though.

Juicy 3.5 dry: juicy 3.5 dry
Juicy 3.5 dry: juicy 3.5 dry

dry all: dry all
dry all: dry all

Juicy 3.5 wet: juicy 3.5 wet
Juicy 3.5 wet: juicy 3.5 wet

wet all: wet all
wet all: wet all

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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