Avid Juicy Seven Carbon review£165.00

Well proven with great feel and power but not happy when hot

BikeRadar score4/5

The Juicy Seven Carbon gets all the black fibre bling but with more accessible and practical features, making it an impressive trail all-rounder.

The oddly angled lever of the ‘power reserve geometry’ design gives a great, easily modulated lever feel, while the bite point and reach are easily adjustable. These brakes kick out more power than average for a given rotor size too, so you’ll find that 185mm is more than ample for most situations.

They’re not the lightest brake around, but you can save a few extra grams by using a Matchmaker shared clamp for the SRAM X.0 and X.9 shifters. 3D rub-free setup is easy with the cup and cone spacer washers, too. However, the shortage of heat tolerance and rapid fadeout mean that the Juicy Seven Carbon is not a recommended full mountain brake.

The carbons look great but if you’re after value the 18g heavier Juicy Seven is £40 less.

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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