New XO Trail Brakes From SRAM/Avid

SRAM continue to drip out new products and features for 2012/2013, the latest is the Avid XO Trail brakes.


As the definition between trail and all mountain continues to blur, SRAM have announced a trail specific version of the Avid XO brake components which features technology from the gravity specific CODE, the existing sweet Avid Elixir range and something brand new.

The Avid XO Trail brake features four-pistons along with added sealed bearings at the lever pivot for what should be a silky-smooth lever feel in addition to their tool-free reach and pad contact adjustments. Unlike the current XO model, the XO Trail brakes come stock with an aluminium-backed organic pad, while sintered pads will be an optional upgrade. The new pads are specific to the XO trail brake.

Avid is moving away from their Caliper Positioning System (CPS) washers with both of these new brakes. As manufacturing has improved over the years, Avid has found frame and fork mounts to be accurate enough to eliminate the CPS washers on some models.


With the addition of two pistons and sealed bearing pivots, weight went up just 7 grams from last year’s XO brake—from 333-grams to 340-grams.

The Taperbore master cylinder of both models has been updated with all of the changes we saw on last year’s Elixir 9 & 7 models including new reservoir bladder material, better sealing, and Air-Trap to keep any errant bubbles out of the high pressure portion of the system. These changes intend to mitigate air contamination of the system.

The changes were driven by the desire to create the ultimate mountain biker’s brake. Something with better lever feel, more power, and more control than existing brakes.. a worthy aim SRAM, a worthy aim.

Available July/August in Black Anodised and Silver Polished.

Source: SRAM Avid

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