19
Dec
2011

Spotlight: 2012 Avid Elixir 9 Disc Brakes

12/19/2011 : sicklines

For 2012, Avid has replaced the Elixir CR brake and it its place is the Avid Elixir 9. There are a variety of changes with these new brakes that are sure to please many riders. Details inside.

Available in Storm Grey Ano or Black Ano
MSRP: $226.00

, Spotlight: 2012 Avid Elixir 9 Disc Brakes

Avid Elixir 9 brakes in Storm Grey Ano (click to view gallery & enlarge)

, Spotlight: 2012 Avid Elixir 9 Disc Brakes

Avid Elixir 9 brakes in Black Ano (click to view gallery & enlarge)

To start, the Elixir 9 features an updated TaperBore system, carbon brake levers, a new two-piece caliper, as well as new HS1 rotors.  There are a variety of other updates as well that are detailed below.  Designed to work in multiple cycling categories, the Elixir 9 is intended for XC, Trail AM, and DH use.

The Caliper:

Two piston, two piece caliper, and top loading pads.

The adjustable banjo bolt to lets you reorient the brake cable coming out of the caliper.

Elixir 9 comes loaded with sintered brake pads out of the box as well.  This is a nice thing to see as I prefer sintered pads for my riding. They provide better heat dissipation and power in general but might not initially feel as powerful as organic pads. On the shop floor or in the parking lot, an organic pad can make a brake feel strong and potentially mislead a consumer to think the brakes are strong. However, once you get up to speed with the pads bedded in properly , the benefits of a sintered pad quickly show their dominance. Glad to see them on the Elixir 9’s out of the box.

, Spotlight: 2012 Avid Elixir 9 Disc Brakes

Elixir 9 two piece caliper with sintered pads and adjustable banjo position

, Spotlight: 2012 Avid Elixir 9 Disc BrakesWeight

  • The Elixir 9 has a claimed weight of 358 grams (front, post mount,  160mm rotor) and 400g for a 180mm setup.
  • We weighed our front Elixir 9 with 180mm rotor and post mount adapter at 402.4g
  • Be sure to check our our dedicated weight section to see individual weights behind the Elixir 9 and more.

, Spotlight: 2012 Avid Elixir 9 Disc Brakes

The Levers:

The TaperBore system has been revised and they have developed a new bladder material, simplified / moved the bleed port, and put a new air trap feature to help make the Elixir 9 easy to bleed.

, Spotlight: 2012 Avid Elixir 9 Disc Brakes

Avid Elixir 9 revised bleed screw position and TaperBore (click to view gallery & enlarge)

Out of the box, we decided to bleed the Elixir 9’s and the revision’s they’ve done make bleeding the Elixir’s an easier air-free affair. These are much faster to bleed properly than previous Elixir’s in my experience as the air seem to be much easier to get out with this system.

The Elixir 9 gets a tool free reach adjuster as well. The previous Elixir CR brake had the reach adjuster on top of the lever that was easier to reach, but wasn’t as easy to turn in my experience as the Elixir 9 design.

, Spotlight: 2012 Avid Elixir 9 Disc Brakes

Avid Elixir 9 tool free reach adjuster (click to view gallery & enlarge)

The Elixir 9 also has an adjustable pad contact adjuster that lets you quickly adjust the point in the lever stroke for the pads to contact the rotor.  This helps you ensure that both brake levers engage at the same point with ease.

The hose interface to the brake lever often can cause binding on most disc brakes as once the hose is tightened to the lever it can twist the brake line.  Not so with the Elixir’s, as the brake line is free to pivot once attached so brake cables won’t kink up or twist at the lever. The hose is free to re-orient which enables twist-free lines.

, Spotlight: 2012 Avid Elixir 9 Disc Brakes

Avid Elixir 9 mounted (click to view gallery & enlarge)

, Spotlight: 2012 Avid Elixir 9 Disc Brakes

Avid Elixir 9 caliper and HS1 180mm rotor and adapter (click to view gallery & enlarge)

The Elixir 9 is Matchmaker-X compatible so you can purchase a MMX adapter and run your brake and shifter off of one clamp.

, Spotlight: 2012 Avid Elixir 9 Disc Brakes

Matchmaker setup allow the Elixir 9 brake and SRAM shifter to share one clamp

If you’ve got a RockShox Reverb seat post, there is an option to integrate that as well should you choose.  The Matchmaker system helps clean up the bar quite a bit.  It helps you get all your controls in places that are hard with multiple clamps competing for bar space.

Avid has new Heat Shredding (HS) rotors and disc brake adapters for 2012.  They feature cross-drilled technology and Avid says these lightweight HS series rotors say cooler when heated and offer enhanced we-weather performance.

, Spotlight: 2012 Avid Elixir 9 Disc Brakes

HS1 180mm rotors

One key thing to note is that there is now a 20mm increment, new adapter brackets, and a revised brake track for 2012.  If you’ve got older Avid rotors or adapters these new brakes are different.  The 20mm step model mean they follow a 140, 160, 180, and 200mm disc option whereas  previous Avid’s used a 165mm / 185mm / 203mm rotor.

, Spotlight: 2012 Avid Elixir 9 Disc Brakes

2012 sees new adapters in 20mm increments now (click to view gallery & enlarge)

The 2012 Elixir 9 brakeset has a lot to offer consumers and at a decent price. Avid has packed a lot of features and power in the Elixir 9.  Not to mention at a very good weight.

, Spotlight: 2012 Avid Elixir 9 Disc Brakes

Avid Elixir 9 brakes in Storm Grey Ano (click to view gallery & enlarge)

Learn more about the Elixir lineup and more SRAM goodies SRAM.com


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