Nine Lives – Avid Elixir 9 review
By: Vaibhav Nijhowne
Also featured in Issue #8 | March 2012
I do not like free-fall activities like bungee jumping. The thought of sky diving gives me the creeps. But I love DH! I pondered upon this oddity in my preferances for a while until I came across the answer to my idiosyncrasy. Brakes! Yes! Bikes have brakes, using which you can stop whenever you want. IF your brakes are good enough, that is!
I am also the proud new owner of a complete set of 2012 Avid Elixir 9s. We installed and used them for a few short rides already and the initial feel is very confidence inspiring. SRAM have redone their Elixir Brakes for the 2012 season and the Elixir 9s are the middle of the lineup, with the Elixir 1s, 5s and 7s below them and X0 and XX above. The basic difference between the Elixir 7s and 9s is that the 9s have the Pad Contact Point Adjustment which controls the point in the levers throw where the brake actually engages. The Pad Contact setting allows you to control the modulation of these brakes – whether you want a broader modulation over a long throw, or a sudden power over a short throw of the lever. This is separate from the Reach Adjust knob, which allows you to control the distance of the lever from the handle grip according to the size of your fingers.
The fit and finish of the brakes, levers and calipers is spectacular and leaves nothing to desire. And the black colour with the gunmetal levers is worth every penny.