Avid Code R disc brake review£139.99

Mountain-proof braking

BikeRadar score3/5

Avid's Code R takes the big downhill calliper of the Code brake and matches it to an Elixir master cylinder to create a relatively light, high-powered all-mountain hybrid.

All Elixir master cylinders have now been reworked to solve previous air bubble intolerance, and so far we’ve had no reliability issues with any new Avids. The unique lever sweep gives great consistent control and amplified power feel too.

Sets that we’ve used on the trail feel a lot more powerful than the dyno data suggests, to the point where we’ve had to warn new users not to be too keen on the levers. The big calliper copes with heat build-up on long descents really well and the hose is well placed to avoid uplift/crash damage. 

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: 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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