Thursday, December 6, 2012

Avid XO Trail Brakes

So, last night I got a call from Brian at the shop where I work on the weekends (Two Wheels One Planet, Costa Mesa), and he told me that the Sram rep was coming down to switch out old model brakes on some of the bikes on the floor and that I could also get some new brakes to try out if I got my bike to the shop.  I was a little skeptical, but I still got my bike down there right away.  I was told that they would either be XX or XO brakes.

Today I showed up at the shop and sure enough the Sram rep was there and he was changing out brakes.  I spoke with him for a while and to my surprise my bike ended up on the stand getting Avid's brand new XO Trail brakes installed.  I had to leave before he was finished, so I thanked him and headed home.

The XO Trail is Avid's brake that follows close behind the XX model.  It is a four piston dual diameter caliper with their innovative lever pivot bearing.  Weighing in at just 340 grams they are a 50 gram improvement per brake over my Avid Elixir 3's.  As Avid says, "the new XO Trail was born to climb and engineered to descend."  Here are the spec's:

Weight340 grams
Lever MaterialCarbon Fiber Lever, Forged Aluminum Body
Caliper Design4-piston dual diameter, Forged 2-piece aluminum, Adjustable Banjo
FinishBlack Ano & Polished Silver
RotorHS1 (140mm rear)/160/170/180/200
PadOrganic. Top loading with Aluminum backing plate
FluidDOT 5.1
AdjustmentTool-free reach adjustment, Adjustable banjo, Tool-free Contact point adjustment
Special FeaturesTaperBore Technology, MatchMaker X Compatible
Pad / HolderAluminum
Intended UseXC/Trail/AM/DH
Rotor Sizes140/160/170/180/200
Tri-Align Caliper Positioning Systemno
Tool-Free Pad Replacementno
Speed Dialno
Bend Zone™yes
Stainless Hardwareyes
Retail AvailabilityAugust 2012
USD: $290

I can't wait to get these out on the trail and give them a good test!   

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