Avid Juicy Five review

The Five is the basic brake in the Avid family, without the Speed Dial bite point adjustment of the Seven and its friends, but it's still a great XC anchor.The unique steep angled Power Reserve Geometry lever gives a consistent pull

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

Superb XC power, control and reliability but not happy when hot
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The Five is the basic brake in the Avid family, without the Speed Dial bite point adjustment of the Seven and its friends, but it’s still a great XC anchor.

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The unique steep angled Power Reserve Geometry lever gives a consistent pull in line with your natural finger movement for a genuinely ‘power assisted’ feel.

Masses of one-finger power and very rich feedback at all pull pressures makes the 160mm rotor more than ample for most XC applications , while the 185mm is comparable to most 200mm-plus brakes. The actual 203mm will throw you like a siege engine, although dyno testing and some mountain use show a sudden rather than gradual failure at high temperatures. However, the new Code DH brake should have that sorted.

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The cup and cone CPS positioning system and two-piece lever clamp make installation easy, and pad life is excellent, too – although bleeding is awkward without Avid’s syringe kit. Weight is only average, but the ‘dislocating’ lever helps brake and knees in crashes and the new pricing is excellent for the feel and power.

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