You have to love trickle down technology! It seems that just the other day the groundbreaking Avid XO Trail stopper came out and we're already seeing the svelte four-piston package in two new economical versions. I've been running the XO Trails for the past six months and I can attest to their amazing modulation and stopping power (I'm running 180 rotors front and rear). The only major differences that would make you want to buy the XOs over these two new brakes is the fact that XO Trails still come with rotors, the new 7 and 9 Trail models come without (although that gives you the chance to customise your setup). The other big difference is fact that like the Codes, the levers on the XO Trails pivot on bearings for less wear and absolute minimal lever play, whereas the 7 and 9 both pivot on bushings.
Avid is proud to introduce the new Elixir 9 Trail and Elixir 7 Trail hydraulic disc brakes. Together with X0 Trail, they form the Avid Trail Family, the key to more power and control with less weight and zero fuss.
Each Avid Trail brake features monster all-mountain power courtesy of a new 4-piston, dual-diameter caliper design. And with weights dipping below 350 grams, each of these three models gives up nothing when it’s time to climb.
“We launched this new family of Avid brakes with the X0 Trail model last year,” said Avid product manager James Alberts. “The ideas and technology behind that brake were extremely well received, and we’re excited to be expanding that type of performance into two more Trail models, the Elixir 9 and Elixir 7.”
With riders seeking do-it-all machines that can float up steep climbs, devour rough descents and go further and faster than ever before, trail bikes are becoming more and more capable. Braking performance is part of the progression. The Avid Trail Series is too.
ELIXIR 9 TRAIL Application: XC/TRAIL/AM/FR Weight: 350 grams Carbon Blade (Front; Direct Mount, 160mm rotor) Color: Black Ano Fluid: Dot 5.1 Rotor Size: HS1 160/170/180/200mm Caliper: Forged 2-piece Aluminum System: 4-Piston Dual-Diameter Caliper Pads: Organic with Steel Backing Plates Additional Features: Tool-free Contact Adjust; Tooled Reach Adjust; Tooled Banjo Adjust; MatchMaker X Compatible Availability June 2013
ELIXIR 7 TRAIL Application: XC/TRAIL/AM/FR Weight: 355 grams Alloy Blade (Front; Direct Mount, 160mm rotor) Color: Storm Grey Fluid: Dot 5.1 Rotor Size: HS1 160/170/180/200mm Caliper: Forged 2-piece Aluminum System: 4-Piston Dual-Diameter Caliper Pads: Organic with Steel Backing Plates Additional Features: Tooled Reach Adjust; Tooled Banjo Adjust;MatchMaker X Compatible Availability June 2013