DB3

MORE CONTROL. MORE CONFIDENCE. MORE FUN.

When you’re tackling rough trails, nothing affects your confidence and control more than your brakes. With increased negative volume to combat heat expansion, plus powerful larger-caliper pistons, DB3 gives you the juice to up your game. And a new bladder material reduces air bubbles, ensuring power and consistency on every ride.

Weight405 g
Lever MaterialAluminum
Caliper Design2 Piston, Cast 2-piece aluminum
FinishBlack or White
RotorG2 Cleansweep 160/180/200mm
PadOrganic, Top-Loading
FluidDOT 4
MountAmbidextrous
AdjustmentReach Adjust
Intended UseXC/TR
Bend Zone™

We know that crashes happen, and that’s why we created Bend Zone. During a powerful hit—one that would break a normal lever—Bend Zone allows the lever to flex, saving the lever body from massive carnage. Not only will you be able to ride out of the woods without resorting to Flintstone-style braking, you won’t even have to get a new lever body.

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MatchMaker and MMX Compatible

Save weight and clutter on the bar with Matchmaker. It holds Avid levers, SRAM® triggers, and various RockShox® controls, all with one tidy, light, clamp--a dream come true for handlebar component footprint conservationists the world over. Available in two versions: Matchmaker™ X integrates the RockShox®XLoc and is compatible with XX and X0 brakes. Standard Matchmaker™is also available and works with any split-clamp design and RockShox® PushLoc.

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Power Reserve Geometry

At the end of the day, a brake lever simply multiples the force your hand generates (just like the nut cracker). Avid’s Power Reserve Geometry™represents a way of thinking about the physics of leverage and your hand’s comfort. This philosophy is fundamentally different than others in the business of brakes. Due to pivot placement, physics dictates that with other brake levers your fingers tend to slip off the ends as you pull. Avid is different. We designed our levers with the pivot closer to the handlebar, in fact, closer than anyone else in the industry. The resulting lever movement has less inward travel, an arc that’s closer to your fingers’ natural motion and delivers more force to the brake. The cool part is, every Avid lever has it.

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TaperBore Technology™

The term “TaperBore” refers to a unique patent-pending closure system in our Elixir and Code levers. It saves weight, looks super-sleek, improves lever feedback and most importantly–gives you more power and control.

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Tool-Free Reach Adjust

All the adjustability of our Reach Adjust without having to dig into your tools. Bring your levers in or dial them out—a few turns are all it takes with Tool-Free Reach Adjust.

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MSRP* (Hydraulic brakes do not come with rotors.)
USD: $82
Euro: €86
Euro MSRP includes VAT

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Some variations of this product featured on this page are not available for purchase and are installed on bicycles as original equipment only. See your dealer for details.

*Maximum Suggested Retail Price

SRAM Warranty (2.19 MB, PDF)

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28 Pages Updated June 16, 2015