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  1. #1
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    Juicys 3 to Avid Elixir CR SL

    I have a set of Juicys 3's on my trek fuel right now and they are bugging the crap out of me. They rub and make alot of noise. I can't stand it anymore. I found a guy around my area that has a used set of 2010 Avid Elixir CR SL off a stumpjumper for sale barley used. Would these brakes be a big upgrade from what I got. Also I think the rotors are 160/160 where I think mine are 185/160 is the 160/160 setup going to be good enough stopping power.
    2016 YT Capra
    Ash Caynon

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    It's hard to tell if they would be a big upgrade without knowing what is causing your problems. I have Juicy 3's on my downhill bike and Elixir CR's on my all mountain bike. I like them both. The Elixirs have more adjustment capability, but they squeal at times, so I'm not sure if they will solve your noise problem.

    As for the rubbing, if that is a bent rotor or out-of-adjustment problem, you could solve it without paying the $$ for the upgrade.

    If the adapters and rotors are compatible between the Juicy 3's and Elixir's, you could use the 185 with the Elixirs. It's hard to say whether the 160 would be enough stopping power as everyone rides differently. I'm not sure whether the Elixirs have more stopping power than the Juicy 3's, as I haven't pushed their limits on my AM bike like I have the Juicy 3's on my downhill bike. The Juicy 3's don't have the most stopping power in the world.

    Bottom line, I'm not sure they would be a BIG upgrade and I'm not sure that they would solve your problem. If the rubbing is an out-of-adjustment problem, it may get solved just because you put new brakes on and get them adjusted properly, but it might not be necessary to spend the $$ to do so.

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    The juicy 3s on my wife's bike use to rub and make a lot of noise. I switched to the Organic pads and it pretty much eliminated the noise. For the rubbing I do adjust the brakes every few rides. It only takes a minute. I loosen the caliper bolts, spin the wheel to the spot it is rubbing, hold down the brake lever and them tighten the caliper bolts.

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