Avid Elixir 5 brake review

Decent, reliable choice for the cash

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £124.99 RRP | USD $208.36

Our review

Stripped-down brake that delivers great lever feel and decent power
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The entry-level Elixir 5 disc brake delivers decent, reliable braking and a great lever feel at a reasonable price.

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It isn’t quite the same as pricier models, because the reach adjuster barrel is recessed rather than exposed, so you have to reach it with an Allen key. Feel from the broad lever is equally solid though and the two-piece clamp and flip-flop design ease fitting.

Power is reasonable, if not outstanding in the dry, but truly powerful for a trail brake in wetter or cooler conditions. The unique Power Reserve geometry sweep offsets the slightly falling rate modulation too.

Bleeding is easy and quick but requires a specific syringe-based bleed kit. Reliability on the simpler Elixirs is great, although proper bedding-in is essential for decent pad life.

Dry brake test graph

Dry brakes graph Avid Elixir 5
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Dry brake test graph for all brakes tested

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Wet brake test graph

Wet brakes graph Avid Elixir 5
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Wet brake test graph for all brakes tested

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Product Specifications

Product

Name Elixir 5 (10)
Brand Avid

Weight (g) 477
Available Colours White
Brake Rotor Diameters 160mm 185mm 203mm