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Avid Elixir - new hoses

benmac75benmac75 Posts: 53
edited March 2016 in MTB workshop & tech
Hi, after a lot of messing around with road bikes and retro mtbs I have taken a step into modern MTBs. Not too modern mind you, I've picked up a 2011 Giant Anthem X2 for a song. It's been cared for but I'm treating it to a total strip and rebuild (fork and shock were done fairly recently so other than a clean they're fine).

I've changed all the bearings and just waiting on a bush tool so I can swap out the worn bush on the rear shock.

The other significant job I want to do is re-hose the brakes (Avid Elixir R) along with give them a good bleed obviously. Bleeding should be no issue once I have the correct kit which is also on its way. Hoses though puzzle me. I'll admit that a big part of wanting to change them is that the current ones are white and I don't like white cables!

I'm just puzzled as to what exactly I am going to need? The official Avid hose kit I assume has all the bits needed but is fairly pricey (£30ish and I'd assume it only has enough bits and hose for one brake). Am I likely to be able to re-use the existing fittings and can I just buy decent generic hose from somewhere, and if so what?

Any tips gratefully received.


  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    TBH it does depend a bit on what the white hoses are. Original or aftermarket and if so who's.

    the Avid ones have a few parts that are reusable but again it depends if they were original or shortened.

    download the manual from srams pages about shortening the hoses and you will see.
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  • Antm81Antm81 Posts: 1,406
    This could be of use, should provide enough hose and all the fittings required. Plus if you don't want black they have other colours too. ... stem-Black
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,811
    You'll need the new hoses plus olives, also most OE brakes don't have the reusable pins so you'll probably need new pins as well.
    Currently riding a Whyte T130C, X0 drivetrain, Magura Trail brakes converted to mixed wheel size (homebuilt wheels) with 140mm Fox 34 Rhythm and RP23 suspension. 12.2Kg.
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