couple questions on replacement brake pads for Avid Elixir 7
I'm about to get my new bike soon which comes with Avid Elixir 7 brakes. What type of replacement pads should i get when the original ones wear out? Do they make aftermarket ones or should i go with the Avid ones? I was researching them on jensena but I'm confused on what brand to get and metallic vs aluminum.
I don't know what kind of pads you should get. I'm not you. But I might be able to shed a little light on your options.
Avid offers their pads with two compounds and two backing materials. The pads can be organic or metallic, and the back plate can be aluminum or something cheaper, probably steel.
Organic pads are a bit grabbier. Metallic pads are less grabby, and they're reputed to have less fade and fewer problems with wet conditions. I found the organic pads to take a very light touch, and I like my current, metallic pads better.
Switching to aluminum back plates saves weight. IMHO, it's an insignificant amount, and a silly place to spend money. Up to you.
As far as aftermarket pads are concerned, I don't believe they perform any better and I don't think I save enough money. So I just go with Avid.
It seems to take me about a season to wear out a set of brake pads. This isn't something you need to worry about right away. Ride your bike, decide if you like to have that kind of stopping power or a little mellower initiation, and keep your eyes out for a good deal.
"Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx