Avid Elixir R disc brake review

Reliable mid-weight package

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £129.99 RRP | USD $207.64
Avid Elixir R

Our review

Impressive power, high control feel and modulation in a reliable mid-weight package
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Unlike the cheapest, supplied-on-bikes Elixir models, the R gets the same TaperBore inline reservoir design as the top-end brakes. Crucially, there’s no rotating bite point adjuster at the far end, which removes most of the bleeding and reliability problems of the family.


The flip-flop design makes it easy to swap over, and it gets the same Matchmaker shifter clamp sharing options as more expensive brakes too. The lever is reach adjustable and has a unique dislocation feature to reduce the chances of crash damage. There is potential for misalignment when setting up the cup-and-cone brake mount but the pads are easy to remove and replace.


While it’s not outstanding on the dyno, the unique lever sweep geometry gives the Elixir R a great feel under your fingers on the trail. There’s loads of progressive, predictable modulation and a 185mm rotor is enough for all but the most aggressive riders.

Product Specifications


Name Elixir R (11)
Brand Avid

Features Rotors: 140, 160, 185(tested), 200mm,
Weight (g) 452
Mount Compatibility Post Mount