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. 

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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.

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

Product Specifications


Name Name, 0, 10, Name, Elixir 9
Brand Brand, 0, 20, Brand, Avid

Description Description, 2, 0, Description, New TaperBore disc brake system intended for cross-country to freeride use
Weight (g) Weight (g), 2, 0, Weight (g), 360
Weight (kg) Weight (kg), 2, 0, Weight (kg), 0.752
Front/Rear Caliper Front/Rear Caliper, 2, 0, Front/Rear Caliper, Universal
Cable/Hydraulic Lever Cable/Hydraulic Lever, 2, 0, Cable/Hydraulic Lever, Hydraulic
Brake Pad Type Brake Pad Type, 2, 0, Brake Pad Type, Sintered (Disc)
Rotor Fitting Rotor Fitting, 2, 0, Rotor Fitting, 6-Bolt and Center Lock Available
Brake Caliper Type Brake Caliper Type, 2, 0, Brake Caliper Type, Hydraulic Disc
Brake Lever Type Brake Lever Type, 2, 0, Brake Lever Type, Hydraulic
Material Material, 2, 0, Material, Aluminium
Front Disc Weight Front Disc Weight, 2, 0, Front Disc Weight, 392
Rear Disc Weight Rear Disc Weight, 2, 0, Rear Disc Weight, 360
Front Disc Diameter Front Disc Diameter, 2, 0, Front Disc Diameter, 180
Rear Disc Diameter Rear Disc Diameter, 2, 0, Rear Disc Diameter, 160
Brake Fluid Brake Fluid, 2, 0, Brake Fluid, DOT5.1
Braking System Includes Braking System Includes, 2, 0, Braking System Includes, Adjustible Lever Reach
Front And Rear Brakes Sold Separately Front And Rear Brakes Sold Separately, 2, 0, Front And Rear Brakes Sold Separately, Yes
Brake Rotor Diameters Brake Rotor Diameters, 2, 0, Brake Rotor Diameters, 160mm
Mount Compatibility Mount Compatibility, 2, 0, Mount Compatibility, included adapter
No. Of Pistons No. Of Pistons, 2, 0, No. Of Pistons, 2
Drip Free Bleeding Drip Free Bleeding, 2, 0, Drip Free Bleeding, Yes
Brakes Additional Features Brakes Additional Features, 2, 0, Brakes Additional Features, Carbon lever, TaperBore design, tool-free reach and pad contact