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    New Pads & Rotors Break In Tricks

    I just installed a new set of Avid Elixirs and rotors. A buddy told me about a trick to optimize the break in of the new pads and rotors (helping to maximize stopping power, and minimize the chances of squealing). It goes something like this:
    1) Ride down any hill long enough to heat the brakes up;
    2) Immediately squirt water on the calipers;
    3) Ride up hill again and repeat several times.

    He said he got this method off of MTBR somewhere, but I searched and couldn't find it anywhere. The Elixir owner's manual doesn't give any break in tips...just says it will take 20-40 stops to realize full braking power.

    Any opinions on whether the above method is a good idea, or whether there are better ideas for breaking in a new set of hydraulic brakes?

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    I break it in like a car.
    Ride the brakes to heat them up.
    Then do a series of hard stops to bed them in.
    Go for a ride to let them cool down.
    What you don't want to do is to do any hard braking when the pads are cold. This will glaze the pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by autoduel
    I break it in like a car.
    Ride the brakes to heat them up.
    Then do a series of hard stops to bed them in.
    Go for a ride to let them cool down.
    What you don't want to do is to do any hard braking when the pads are cold. This will glaze the pads.
    Thanks autoduel, that's helpful. Anyone else have any thoughts? I'm gonna go break these things in tonight.

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    I would NOT recommend the water trick, unless you want to warp your rotors. Run them in as stated above, then remove all 4 pads & bevel the edges with some sand paper or dremel.

    .005" x 45deg should do.
    Billy

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