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New Brakes Avid Elixir 5 are they decent for the price?

anditsinthereanditsinthere Posts: 210
edited July 2011 in MTB buying advice
Looking at a pair of these, if i get a pair will they fit both post mount and I S mount? and do you get the mounts to fit correctly?

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  • rookieerookiee Posts: 9
    Avoid them. Previously I had Juicy 3 on my bike which were for me better. Elixir are louder with less power in my pads after 2 months of riding ready to be replaced. I'm little dissapointed I would say.
  • M6TTFM6TTF Posts: 602
    in comparison - I have elixir R's on both my bikes and would say they wipe the floor with my previous Juicy 3's for power and ease of pad swap.
  • monkeysm8monkeysm8 Posts: 191
    I hated Juicy 3 and 5s with a passion!! I have elixir 5s on my Trance X2 and I am quite content with them. I run Magura Louise on my hardtail which are better but the elixirs still give you stopping confidence. My only gripe is the bloody noise when they are wet.
  • al2098al2098 Posts: 174
    I have run the Juicy 3 on my orange (I'm heavy and so is the bike) all over Wales and in the Alps DH runs and they were quite poor. Overheated and weak.
    I ran Hope then, way overhyped. Expensive for no performance improvement.
    Elixirs were a breath of fresh air. Set up right, they take the heat and have yet to fade. They have loads of power and are easy to maintain. Probably the best brake in the wet you will find for most apps. (they do squeal, but the Hopes screamed..)
    Just make sure to get them set up right...
    IS and Post mount? Depending on your disc size, adaptors are made for everything I think.
  • I am now looking at these, all the reviews i have seen are excellent plus CRC are great to deal with :)

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=53568
  • FudgieFudgie Posts: 68
    I've got Elixir 5s on my Whyte.

    The 5s perform very well indeed in all conditions but as others have reported they squeal badly when wet. Even when a little wet - like riding through wet grass. I've taken to carrying a can of disc brake cleaner in my back pack to get a rest from the noise for a few minutes. Roughing the pads up, or changing them, helps for a bit but there doesn't seem to be a cure. I always use Avid replacement pads.
    Canyon Nerve XC 8.0 2011
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    rookiee wrote:
    Avoid them. Previously I had Juicy 3 on my bike which were for me better. Elixir are louder with less power in my pads after 2 months of riding ready to be replaced. I'm little dissapointed I would say.

    i upgraded form juicy 3's and my elixr 5's wipe the floor with them, i'd say you must have had a bad set :?

    but to the OP: i think i paid £120 for a pair of elixr 5's and they've been great, good brakes at a good price :D
  • Ro88oRo88o Posts: 130
    I bought a set from On-one recently for £120 (now £130), they came complete with both sets of mounts and i am more than impressed with the stopping power with 185's F+R :D

    http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/BCAVEXIL5/a ... disc-brake
    You only get one shot .........so make it a double !
    Santa Cruz Heckler 650b
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  • Will the 185mm rotors fit any? or is 160mm the safe option?
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    Will the 185mm rotors fit any? or is 160mm the safe option?

    any what? bike? wheel?...yes as long as you have the correct adaptors :D
  • I am now looking at these, all the reviews i have seen are excellent plus CRC are great to deal with :)

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=53568

    I prefer Oros to Elixirs - not keen on the Avid cupped washer doodahs and, for me, Oros have been less problematic. And they can be had a little cheaper here: http://store.formula-brake.com/
  • welshkev wrote:
    Will the 185mm rotors fit any? or is 160mm the safe option?

    any what? bike? wheel?...yes as long as you have the correct adaptors :D

    this the description on the website for them

    Rotor: G3 CleanSweep, 160mm or 185mm, 6 bolt (supplied)
    Compatability: IS mount (supplied with adapter for Post Mount)
    Lever material: Aluminium
    Caliper material: Aluminium
    Weight: Approx. 392g


    has anyone got a discount code for 'on one'? :)
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    yes that'll be all ready to fit to the bike :D
  • welshkev wrote:
    yes that'll be all ready to fit to the bike :D

    Will they be bled already do you think?
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    welshkev wrote:
    yes that'll be all ready to fit to the bike :D

    Will they be bled already do you think?

    they should be, the only problem may be if you need to shorten the hoses....you'll need to re-bleed them if you need to cut the hose
  • Is this a difficult job to do?
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    Is this a difficult job to do?

    i know quite a few people who do it themselves, but i'm censored with technical things so i paid my LBS £10 to do it for me :lol:

    you'll need a bleed kit anyway that costs around £15 on ebay to do it yourself
  • I'll get my LBS to do it then, like you i am c**p with stuff that is technical :lol:
  • I have just purchased these as i wanted 185mm rotors F+B and they are white so they will match my White Reba fork when i get it!

    Just hope the 185mm rotors fit! :D

    http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/BCAVEXIL5/a ... disc-brake
  • Just an update on one these brake sets are out of stock for 3-5 weeks i was told at the checkout so i have cancelled my order and got these instead!

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=53568

    In white of course! :D
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