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    Avid Elixir 5 SL pad life

    I recently got a new Stumpjumper and it comes with the Avid Elixir 5 SL brakes which use organic pads. I have had the bike for maybe 3 months and have done some downhill rides and the rear brake lever has to be pulled in more than the front by quite a bit to apply the brakes. They still work fine but I was wondering if its pad wear or something else?

    Do organic pads not last as long? I have Hayes Strokers on my other bike and pads last forever on that thing. I guess I can look at them but figured I would find out if organic pads wear out that much faster first.

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    No, organic pads last nowhere near as long. Try sintered.

    Also, you should really be using your front brakes much more than your rear: front to slow down, rear to help position the bike while slowing down.

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    Will sintered pads work with my rotors without damaging them?

    I usually try to use front and rear at the same time when possible and just rear when I need to slide around a corner etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Two Wheelin View Post
    Will sintered pads work with my rotors without damaging them?

    I usually try to use front and rear at the same time when possible and just rear when I need to slide around a corner etc.
    Yes, sintered and organic are interchangeable. No damage at all.

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