Avid Juicy Ultimate review
The ace in the Avid pack, the Ultimate goes all out to drop weight without losing Juicy’s proven tangy performance.
A magnesium lever body and carbon lever start the gram cull, but the brake’s ‘Power Reserve Geometry’ feedback is still gorgeously rich. They’ll still have you on your nose end with one finger on 160mm rotors, and even the tiny standard issue 140mm rear will shame many 160s.
The same heat issues apply here as with the Juicy Five, but then this is designed as an all-out XC race brake, not a DH unit.
Fitting via ‘Tri Align CPS’ washers couldn’t be simpler and the lever has a two-piece clamp.
The permanent bite point adjust dial of the Juicy Seven is replaced with a 2.5mm Allen socket, but you can twiddle that with the rebound knob from a RockShox fork. A ‘Matchmaker’ clamp is also available to combine with X.0/X9 etc. shifters for full SRAM syncing, too.
Even with all that titanium hardware, it’s not quite the lightest brake though, and it’s certainly not the cheapest either, although overall performance is outstanding.