Avid Juicy Five review

The distinctive Power Reserve Geometry lever angle gives a massive power assist and control advantage. The 185mm rotor feels more like 200mm and begs you to leave stopping till the last second.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £89.99 RRP | USD $149.16
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Our review

Weighty with some heat issues but provides exceptional power for the price
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The Juicy is even cheaper this year and it’s still excellent. The distinctive Power Reserve Geometry lever angle gives a massive power assist and control advantage. The 185mm rotor feels more like 200mm and begs you to leave stopping till the last second.

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Despite good rotor straightness and impressive torque, the brake boiled suddenly 10 runs into the first dyno test. This isn’t a problem we’ve encountered often on the trails though. Otherwise, set-up is the easiest here thanks to the cup and cone CPS system and split lever clamp. Matchmaker combined clamps are available for SRAM shifters too. The reliability and pad life are also excellent, and although the weight is relatively high, the new price is low.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Juicy Five
Brand Avid

Front And Rear Brakes Sold Separately Yes
Open System Yes
Weight (g) 482
Available Colours Grey Silver
Front/Rear Caliper Universal
Cable/Hydraulic Lever Hydraulic
Rotor Fitting 6-Bolt
Brake Caliper Type Hydraulic Disc
Brake Lever Type Hydraulic
Brake Fluid DOT5.1
Braking System Includes Levers
Brake Rotor Diameters 160mm 185mm
Mount Compatibility adaptors available included adapter IS Mount Post Mount