The new Elixir 3 Hydraulic Brakes from Avid is value for money at a retail price of $105. It gives maximum performance that allows you to be in sync when you use the brakes to stop in your tracks.
The Elixir 3 carries the following specs:
• G3 Clean Sweep 160/185/203mm for rotors
• DOT 5.1 fluid
• Versatile lever body
• TaperBore Technology
• 3mm ball end for easy reach and adjust
• Compatible with MatchMaker
• New and excellent two-piece caliper
• High performance loading pads
The Elixir 3 features the TaperBore Technology. It is relatively new closure system that enhances lever feedback and control. This new innovation is also present in other hydraulic brake models. The Elixir 3 uses a fixed hydraulic entry to the caliper. For more expensive versions of the hydraulic brakes, an adjustable banjo replaces that. The Elixir 3 requires a 3mm allen wrench when it comes to reach adjustment.
Best for cyclocross, all-mountain and trail, the Elixir 3 is the economical choice. Expected availability would be in 2011 although it could possibly be found in the OEM market by late summer.