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    Avid Elixer 5 rear pads toast

    So I've gone through my OEM rear pads now at about 40 hours and need to replace them. In shopping around I see several brands- Avid, Ebc(maybe?), Jagwire and Koolstop.
    Prices are all close except that the Avid's are 50-100% more expensive than the others, and freaking expensive for the amout of material there!!

    I'm not downhilling, ride XC mostly with some technical bits, but admit to being a brake-dragger the rear in the faster curvy stuff a bit
    Suggested pads? Is the aftermarket as quality stuff as OEM?

    Thx

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    Always get OEM. Why risk voiding your warranty?
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    My experience is the aftermarket and the OEM pads for Avid are practically the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclutch
    So I've gone through my OEM rear pads now at about 40 hours and need to replace them. In shopping around I see several brands- Avid, Ebc(maybe?), Jagwire and Koolstop.
    Prices are all close except that the Avid's are 50-100% more expensive than the others, and freaking expensive for the amout of material there!!

    I'm not downhilling, ride XC mostly with some technical bits, but admit to being a brake-dragger the rear in the faster curvy stuff a bit
    Suggested pads? Is the aftermarket as quality stuff as OEM?

    Thx
    OEM does not mean they work the best. I have found the Avid branded pads to be inconsistent quality in the past.

    EBC pads have been very good for me, but I do not know which compound is best for your model brake.

    Using aftermarket pads will not void the warranty.
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    If you are using the standard metallic Avid pads, then the organics will last 1/2 as long.

    At least stick with the metallics since you are a brake dragger. I've had good luck with the Avid branded stuff, but like Shiggy said,can be inconsistent.

    Here are a few manufacturers.

    EBC
    Avid
    Goodridge
    Jagwire

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