Avid Code R disc brake review

Mountain-proof braking

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £139.99 RRP | USD $235.00
Avid Code R disc brake

Our review

Light and well priced for the power
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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.

Product Specifications


Name Code R brake (12)
Brand Avid

Features Average power: 103Nm
Weight (g) 429
Brake Rotor Diameters 160mm 185mm 203mm