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    Avid elixir 5 brake rub

    I have two bikes with elixirs and it seems like I'm always adjusting the calipers to reduce drag. The pads don't seem to retract enough after lever is released. It's not such a huge deal but it sure is annoying hearing the brakes sqeek on road climbs.

    Anyone have fix? If I have to change brake system what brand has the most amount of rotor to disk space. Any experiences with the Maguras?

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    likely sticky/stuck cylinder. pull wheel and remove pads. pull lever and watch to see if both pistons push out the same amount. if not you need to free up the sticky cylinder.

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    have you tried bleeding them since you had them new? you might just have air or contaminants in your system that might affect the pistons reacting in the calipers.

    you should start with a fresh bleed and then assess whether something else is the culprit to the sticky pistons.

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    1. Make sure caliper is correctly installed using the the tri-align setup.
    2. Bleed brakes.
    You'll be amazed how many issues can be resolved with these two steps.
    "walking on water is only knowing where the stones are"

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    tri-align

    Can you explain or link us to the tri-align method please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onetimedown View Post
    Can you explain or link us to the tri-align method please.
    It's a setup that Avid uses on their calipers to aid in alignment.

    Tri-Align
    "walking on water is only knowing where the stones are"

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    its pretty much the same system that is on rim brakes, a series of washers, some of which are flat on one side and curved on the other which mate up to another curved washer. I have found that these can get a bit of corrosion built up preventing them from moving properly when loosening the caliper bolts. If you have trouble with alligning the caliper, try taking apart all the washers and cleaning them up a little and put back together the same way that they were.

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