Avid Elixir R SL brakeset ... Thoughts?
I have a 2011 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp and have generally been happy with it.
The Avid Elixir R SL brakeset ... not so much ... The front brakes developed a terrible sound when braking. My LBS looked at it and thought it was the composite brake pads. They mentioned the composite pads are absorbent and can pick up different contaminants from riding or washing the bike. Replaced the front pads with metal pads and the problem is gone. In my latest ride, I can't help but notice the difference in feel between the pads (metal on front, composite on back). Probably going to replace the rears to metal as well.
Thoughts on the Avid Elixir brakeset?
Thoughts on composite brake pads?
Fyi, if you ever have contaminated pads again (if that indeed was the issue), you can stick them in the oven at 450 or so for 20 mins, and it will burn off the contaminants, leaving your pads clean and fresh again.
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Very happy with my Elixir R, with the sintered pads. Love the one finger micro-modulation and huge stopping power they have. Upgrade to the Avid HSX two piece, floating rotors and further increase your extended descent capability by another 50%.
I simply cannot understand all the HATE for these brakes. Even though they weigh a few grams more than XTR M985 - the price relative to stopping power, is HUGE...
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Glad to hear that they are working out for you. While I am no bike brake specialist by any means, I do have experience with three pairs of Elixir brakes on three different bikes.
Originally Posted by Zachariah
The brakes on all three were noisy and extremely hard to keep adjusted. The mounting hardware was not "stable" enough to keep it from moving out of adjustment when torqued to spec. The other issue was brake pad life. Seemed to short, comparatively.
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Originally Posted by Zachariah
I may have lucked out, but I've had great luck with all of the Avid hydro brake sets that I've owned. No issues setting up, and they never went out of adjustment. I've used numerous Avid brakes on anything from a fully rigid steel bike, to a hardtail, to a full suspension bike. I'd like to get more experience with Shimano brakes, I've only taken test bikes out and did like the overall feel. Not much experience working on them either. Overall, I don't see anything wrong with Avid brakes, I don't get why people hate them so much. There are obvious cases of brakes that are just lemons, but I think a lot of it comes down to proper setup and maintenance.
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