Avid Elixir CR Mag disc brake review

Top-of-the-range stoppers

Our rating 
3.8 out of 5 star rating 3.8
GBP £208.99 RRP | USD $401.36
Avid Elixir CR Mag Brakes

Our review

Lighter and neater, but we have reservations about the new clamp
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We’ve long been fans of Avid’s Elixir series brakes and there’s now a new range topper to replace the Juicy Ultimate.


The Elixir CR Mag loses some weight thanks to a new magnesium lever body. Further grams are skimmed as the tool-free lever reach adjuster disappears in favour of a 2mm Allen bolt and the inline pad adjustment is downsized.

The perfectly profiled carbon lever remains the same as on the previous flagship CR, but now gets a hollow pivot. Weight is down to just 326g with 160mm rotors (plus mount plate).

The U-Clamp is also new. This is a single-bolt lever bar clamp which looks super-neat and removes knee-denting Allen bolt protrusions.

The clamp is a little more difficult to fit and doesn’t lock the lever in place as solidly as the previous two-bolt split clamp.

This manifests itself more notably on carbon or painted bars, where the lever digs into the surface and rotates slightly around its bolt, losing a small amount of power and feel.


That said, Avid’s Taperbore master cylinder still offers some of the most superbly modulated braking known to man. The power ramps up evenly from a tickle on the rotor to endo-inducing power with sublime feel.

Product Specifications


Name Elixir CR (10)
Brand Avid

Weight (g) 458
Available Colours Black White
Material Carbon
Front And Rear Brakes Sold Separately Yes
Brake Rotor Diameters 140mm 160mm 185mm 200mm