Avid Elixir 3 disc brake review

Decent all-rounder

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£99.99 RRP
Avid Elixir 3 brake

Our review

Excellent fine control and feel
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Avid’s Elixir 3 is very common on complete bikes, and well worth a look as a complete aftermarket brakeset. The big step up over the £75 Elixir 1 is a twin-bolt clamp on the master cylinder. This makes bar fitting a lot simpler and syncs with SRAM’s tidy MatchMaker combined brake and shifter/remote lever mounts. 

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The latest HS1 lightweight rotor also helps towards a combined weight saving of 30g and reduced noise. DOT 5.1 (rather than DOT 4) fluid gives better heat resistance, while fewer cup-and-cone washers on the calliper mount mean faster setup. Avid’s unique lever sweep means the Elixir 3 feels stronger on the trail than it looks on the dyno, and fine control and feel are excellent. Cheaper Elixirs have always been the most reliable family members too.

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This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Elixir 3 (12)
Brand Avid

Description Average power: 100Nm
Weight (g) 442
Brake Rotor Diameters 140mm 160mm 185mm 203mm