I've got Avid Elixer 1's (I know, I know) that are perfectly fine for my riding. I'm not doing anything that I would need all that much better brakes for, though the front could be a little stronger. My big issue is when they're wet.
There are several streams with crossing points I could just ride through. Most people I see riding in the park just go right through it, no problem. When I've done that it doesn't work out well. Immediately after exiting the water you can hear the grit on the rotors and pads. Once I go to brake, they feel the same but they've lost all their power. Oh, and the noise! Forget turkey worble. It's like 10 turkeys being slowly killed. It's loud as hell.
I replaced the ineffective organic pads for semi-metallic a few months ago. This helped with the power quite a lot, though they make a tiny bit of noise when dry. The major issue is the major lack of power for about 10-15 minutes after being wet until I can get some heat back in the rotors. Is there something I can do other than riding along with the brakes engaged hoping to get the rotors a little hot? I don't have money for new brakes. It's just not there right now.
This would help me a lot as I'll be going in the water much more often. The bridges in my favorite park were just torn down by the county. If you're in south jersey near Ceres Park, you know what I'm talking about.
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