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    Mixing pads and rotors: bad idea?

    I have some used Avid rotors and brand new SLX calipers. The rotors have been used with BB7 calipers, but have plenty of life (thickness) left in them. Is it a bad idea to just slap on the SLX brakes with the Avid rotors? I'm tempted, but I don't want to "contaminate" either part.

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    i used maguras on my horrible avid xx and it made them slightly better

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    Go ahead, as long as the rotor diameter is correct, they should work. Clean everything with rubbing alcohol first if you like.

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    Should be no issue to mix and match.
    You may want to clean the previously used rotors first-a light sanding/scuffing and a wipe down with iso alcohol should do it.

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    I'm using SLX brakes on a Alligator Serrated front rotor and a Avid rotor on the rear. The rear gets a little squeaky at times, but works well.

    That being said, I will be ordering the XT Ice Tech rotors and see how they perform.

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    Thanks for the replies, everyone. Yeah, I'm curious about the Ice Tech rotors, but damn are they expensive!

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    I mix and match all the time. e.g., Use old Formula Megas with new style Formula rotor in front and old style Magura rotor in rear (most recent installation). Try it and see if it brakes well enough and doesn't make noise. Noise is one of the reasons I try different rotors.

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