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    Dumb Avid XO Pad Question

    OK folks, this will be the first time I'll replace my XO pads.
    My mechanic/friend told me to replace them with "semi-metallic Avid pads"
    All I find on the various sites is "Avid Elixir Hydraulic Disc Brake Pads, Organic/Steel"
    or "Avid Elixir Hydraulic Disc Brake Pads Organic/Aluminum".
    They're listed as fitting XX and Elixer models.
    Are these considered "semi-metallic"?
    Also, are the XO brakes considered "Elixers"?
    Finally, what's the difference in performance between "Organic/Steel" and "Organic/Aluminum"?
    Thanks for the education.
    Lenny

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    Organic is the pad material. Steel or aluminum is the backing plate. Aluminum is lighter. Neither of those is metallic.

    Check out the following website. You can choose either organic or metallic.

    2012 Avid Elixir Disc Brake Pads - Competitive Cyclist

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    Thanks treilley.
    Lenny

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    I have a set of XO brakes and highly recommend a set of the Jagwire organic pads. If you clean the rotors and do a proper bed procedure you will get great stopping power, no noise and no gobble.
    It's such a fine line between idiocy and genius.

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