Avid Code disc brake review

Four-cylinder power

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £199.99 RRP | USD $300.00
Avid Code disc brake

Our review

Not cheap, but a powerful, smooth and consistent once it’s set up right
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The new Code brake is Avid’s big muscle downhill unit, complete with smooth action and four-cylinder power. The master cylinder is essentially an upsized Elixir design with more fluid capacity and a burly lever blade with reach and bite point adjustment, plus smooth sealed bearing pivots. The twin-bolt clamp design is ambidextrous too.


The big four-pot calliper has a hidden hose, and the long calliper, cup-and-cone washer setup definitely tests patience, but the initial power is very impressive. It’s a much more consistent and controlled delivery than the Code R brake too, with the smooth lever boosting fine feedback levels even further. It weighs less than 500g too, making it a viable heavy duty trail brake not just a downhill piece.

Product Specifications


Name Code brake (11)
Brand Avid

Features DownHill Tapered Bore Lever w/ Integrated Reservoir, Low friction lever Tool free reach adjust Two-piece 4 Piston Calliper w/ Centre Mount adjustable banjo Top loading pads, sealed bearing cam MatchMaker compatible DOT 5.1 standard G3 clean sweep rotor design 160, 185, 203mm
Weight (g) 482