The entry-level Elixir 5 disc brake delivers decent, reliable braking and a great lever feel at a reasonable price.
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
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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: Katie Heron/BikeRadar.com
Wet brake test graph for all brakes tested
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