Avid Elixir 9 disc brake review£146.00

Very controlled

BikeRadar score4/5

Avid's Elixir 9 adds bite point adjustment, carbon lever and restored reliability to a very controlled sub-400g brake. The new Air Trap master cylinder gives better tolerance to air in the system and resolves the previously poor reliability of top-end Elixir brakes. 

The alloy master cylinder means a reasonably firm feel from the carbon lever and the unique lever sweep improves modulation and power. The tool-free reach adjust is easy to use and while adjustment range is still limited, the revised bite point barrel adjust doesn’t unwind like it used to.

The new 180mm HS1 rotor reduces weight and prices are also lower than the old Elixir CR equivalent. The simplified Tri Align mount and MatchMaker combined clamps make setup easy too.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK 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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