Avid Elixir 9 disc brake review

Very controlled

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £146.00 RRP | USD $430.00
Avid Elixir 9 disc brake

Our review

Restored reliability makes the Elixir 9 a real contender
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Avid’s Elixir 9 adds bite point adjustment, carbon lever and restored reliability to a very controlled sub-400g brake. The new Air Trap master cylinder gives better tolerance to air in the system and resolves the previously poor reliability of top-end Elixir brakes. 


The alloy master cylinder means a reasonably firm feel from the carbon lever and the unique lever sweep improves modulation and power. The tool-free reach adjust is easy to use and while adjustment range is still limited, the revised bite point barrel adjust doesn’t unwind like it used to.

The new 180mm HS1 rotor reduces weight and prices are also lower than the old Elixir CR equivalent. The simplified Tri Align mount and MatchMaker combined clamps make setup easy too.


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

Product Specifications


Name Elixir 9
Brand Avid

Description New TaperBore disc brake system intended for cross-country to freeride use
Front Disc Diameter 180
Drip Free Bleeding Yes
No. Of Pistons 2
Mount Compatibility included adapter
Brake Rotor Diameters 160mm
Front And Rear Brakes Sold Separately Yes
Braking System Includes Adjustible Lever Reach
Brake Fluid DOT5.1
Rear Disc Diameter 160
Rear Disc Weight 360
Weight (g) 360
Front Disc Weight 392
Material Aluminium
Brake Lever Type Hydraulic
Brake Caliper Type Hydraulic Disc
Rotor Fitting 6-Bolt and Center Lock Available
Brake Pad Type Sintered (Disc)
Cable/Hydraulic Lever Hydraulic
Front/Rear Caliper Universal
Weight (kg) 0.752
Brakes Additional Features Carbon lever, TaperBore design, tool-free reach and pad contact