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    solution for all Avid brake problems....


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    Man, that's cold!
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    Or just send them to me. I'll even send you a pre-paid mailer.

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    Have not had any problems with mine in over a year. Came stock on bike and they work just fine.

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    I'm an Avid fan too. They seem to lack the modulation of Shimano, but they work pretty darn well and their bleed kit is by far my favorite to use.
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    Send me your BB-7's, I'll send you beer.

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    I must be one of very few who has problem free Avids. My 2012 X0's perform flawlessly. No fan boi or anything. Just advising mine are trouble free so far.

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    Bought a set of juicy carbons and they've been nothing but trouble. Gotta agree with the OP, it's sad when a downgrade is an upgrade.

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    The dumpster is the only solution. I fight with those things every day. Avid makes the worst disc brakes. i would put on a set of cantis before i rode another avid brake. (i just farted)

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    Avid brakes are great when they're working correctly. Problem is, they rarely work correctly. Every set I've had needed bleeding every few weeks. They were all noisy as hell too.

    Long live Shimano XT.

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    Hmmmm.....my '08 Juicy 5's are still running strong. My '11 Elixir R's have been trouble free.....did require a bleed out of the box + one more after that.....but I had to shorten the hose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudsckipor View Post
    . i would put on a set of cantis before i rode another avid brake.
    Be careful what you wish for, Avid makes cantilevers too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail6 View Post
    Be careful what you wish for, Avid makes cantilevers too.
    Those are actually pretty nice. I'm down with BB7's too. It's their hydro systems that irritate me.

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    I've ridden several of the Juicy models, BB7s and Elixirs. Currently on Elixir CRs, and they've been holding up pretty well, given the abuse I put them through. They lack the modulation that my XTs have, but I'm running larger rotors too. I've experienced problems with disc brakes, but I can't say those problems have been limited to or even characteristic of Avid's products.
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    I've had juicy's, CRs, and two pairs of elixirs. Loved them all. That being said a lot of the brake problems I work with are avids. Guess I'm lucky.

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    Problems aside, I also think XT brakes feel better. I haven't bled the new style ones yet, but I did like being able to do a gravity bleed on the previous generations.

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    Got some elixi x9s hat came stock with my Transition TR250.
    No problems so far.

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    That dumpster is far too nice of a final resting place for a set of elixirs. They should all be melted down and poured into dog sh*t shaped molds, which would be a true representation of there stopping prowess. Seriously, why no recall? I'm on my third set and they still feel like, well, dog sh*t!

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    Ok, so what's the problem with the BB7's? I'm new to disk brakes, and have a set bb7's on my new tandem and am just trying to get a better understanding of this system.

    thanks!

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    user setup?

    Have found the Park tools site offers a wee bit better setup details.need to properly bleed or adjust bb7s to get max results.if no luck rebuild the master or caliper.I had doubts about hydros till having tried avids well designed bleed system....patience helps.....Park Tool Co. ParkTool Blog Avid Juicy Caliper Brake Bleed Service always easier to blame the product & not the users fault-no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by '02 NRS View Post
    Have found the Park tools site offers a wee bit better setup details.need to properly bleed or adjust bb7s to get max results.if no luck rebuild the master or caliper.I had doubts about hydros till having tried avids well designed bleed system....patience helps.

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    love the bb7 set up on my gravel bike. have elixer calipers and ultimate levers on another bike and have had problems on both ends. no more sram hydros for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bt View Post
    My thoughts, exactly...

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    I have 07 J7s that are still running strong. Good power and decent modulation. 2 bleeds so far and all is well...probably should bleed them before summer though.

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    I also must be one of the few who have had flawless performance. I've been running my Avid Codes for a year and no problems. The only work done on them was a bleed after after 8 months of heavy use. They're simple to dial in, run quiet, great modulation, and amazing stoping power.

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    i must be another one of the lucky ones. juicy 3, avid elixir cr, and avid carbon something i think they are. all of them have been great and the bleeding process is super easy to use. i have a set of hayes stroker gram brakes and bleeding those is an absolute nightmare.

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    I wasn't very keen on my Elixirs until I changed the pads and gave them a bleed. The problem seems that they don't de-gas the fluid or bleed the brakes in the factory properly, then you have soda in the system from new. Avid should ship the brakes with a bleed kit. I've got better brakes now than when they were new, and can single finger endo with front.

    To say Avids are rubbish is just wrong. Still, I prefer the 2012 Shinamo range, much prefer the levers more power and better modulation.
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    I currently ride 2 sets....BB7 and Elixir 5's.

    The BB7's have been awesome since day one. I commute on this bike every day rain, snow, whatever. 6000Km later, they still kick ass.

    My Elixir 5's were a different story. They came with a ****ty bleed from the factory. I was fully prepared to replace them with Shimano XT's, I hated these brakes. I would sometimes loose the rear brake during rides. I bled them 3 times within a month.....but....I removed them for one final bleed and hung them from the lever when I did the bleed. Bingo. I haven't had to touch them for a year, and yes, I still ride through the winter. I am considering putting Straitline levers on them, I like them that much.........(now).

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    There must be a lot of us "lucky" ones, because I haven't had any problems with my CR's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raine View Post
    There must be a lot of us "lucky" ones, because I haven't had any problems with my CR's.
    For every one of you "lucky ones" there is a person like me who has had nothing but trouble with them. I'm on my third set and I'm still having problems. I am afraid to ride my Elixir equipped bike in the woods for fear the brakes will fail again. Count your blessings that you aren't in my shoes!

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    If any of you people that are dissatisfied with your XO or XX brakes, please let me know before you throw them away...I need a set in good condition for cheap (more than what the dumpster pays).
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    My codes haven't given me any real grief , aside from being clunky my old Gustav's had way better modulation & were trouble free for the 7 or so years they were in use.
    I've just borrowed an old Saint for the rear, I just want to get back that modulation.

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    Almost every person I ride with have Avid brakes and they've all had ongoing issues with them. I've never had any issues with the three pairs of Hayes I have owned.
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    Have Avid problems too.
    There should be a solution to bleeding problems

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob12676 View Post
    For every one of you "lucky ones" there is a person like me who has had nothing but trouble with them. I'm on my third set and I'm still having problems. I am afraid to ride my Elixir equipped bike in the woods for fear the brakes will fail again. Count your blessings that you aren't in my shoes!
    My Entry level Elixir 1's failed on me. I still don't know how I made it down that last section of trail without killing myself( Just Lucky I guess) After that ride I went to XT and now I can ride without having to worry if I'll be able to slow down or stop when I need to.

    Just knowing my XT brakes are awesome has made me a bit faster and more confident on the trail.

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    Besides being a PITA to bleed properly, even with their kit, I haven't had any real problems with my Elixir 3s. The big problem is that they're so damn noisy. And it's not that their always noisy, but that it comes and goes randomly which is the most frustrating point. I can only guess that the wet, humid conditions lately have made it flair up again.

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