Two New AVID X0 Brakes Take the Trail by Storm


New Four Piston XO and XO Trail Brakes Just Announced!

The guys at SRAM, Truvativ, Avid and RockShox have been busy! Following on the heels of the new SRAM 10-speed Grip Shift, SRAM Type 2 Derailleurs and the Truvativ NOIR T40 handlebars, Avid announces the new XO and XO Trail Brakes.

Introducing the new AVID X0 Trail and X0 brakes
Sneaky Strong

Don’t be fooled by the sleek design and slender 340-gram weight. With a powerful new 4-piston caliper and innovative lever pivot bearing, the all-new X0 Trail eats nasty terrain for lunch. More power, more control, more fun on every trail.

X0 Trail

Trail riding has progressed. Expectations have changed. Riders want one bike that does it all and demand a brake that keeps up. At just 340 grams, the new X0 Trail was born to climb and engineered to descend. With a 4-piston caliper and innovative lever pivot bearing, it packs more power than any other brake in its class.

  • 4-Piston Dual-Diameter Caliper
  • Tool-Free Contact Adjust
  • Tool-Free Reach Adjust
  • MatchMaker XTM Compatible


X0 weighs in at a lean 315 grams, complete with forged aluminum lever body and caliper, and the legacy of precision and quality necessary to carry the X0 name.

Packing an intuitive design and unmatched feel, X0 gives you the power to lean harder, push further and hit the trail with a one-two punch of performance and control.

MSRP Pricing: X0 TRAIL: $310 / X0: $261

Availability: Mid-July 2012


About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • Bob says:

    Where’s the heat dissipating pads and rotors like IceTech?

  • Dan H says:

    Now there is one brake to stay clear of… Perhaps when SRAM sort the gremlins out of their current XO/XX brakes they could start thinking of features to add

    • cort says:

      I agree with Dan H here. Not only are the XO/XX brakes are suspect, but this unrelaibility goes all the way down to the Elixer and Juciy lines.

      I’d say 70% of Avid brakes on our showroom floor need to be re-bleed before going out the door. Heck even after the re-bleed they still don’t perform like they should.

      Avid brakes are a bit of a crapshoot – I’ll stick with other brake brands thanks

  • dorse says:

    I have found all sram brakes disappointing. They work fine but have serious durability problems.

  • dorse says:

    Also, other brakes are lighter and still last.

  • Nick says:

    I agree with the other commenters who say Avid brakes are crap. I had a pair of Juicy 3s on my bike and while they were never top of the line there’s no excuse for their shortcomings. Performance is one thing but noisy rotors and sticking pistons are inexcusable even in a value brake and this is a well known problem with Juicy 3s.

    Having said that I upgraded to 2012 Juicy 7s which have been redesigned and so far have worked very well. The factory bleed is very good which is something they’ve said they worked on, only time will tell but I’m optimistic. I am assuming the above SRAM stoppers are based off the 2012 Avid lineup so if you are interested in the changes they made you can read more in depth reviews with a quick Google search.

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