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  1. #1
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    Dec 2004

    Weird Avid Elixir 5 Problem

    Replaced the brake pads on my front Avid Elixir 5 brake. Due to brake pad wear, the lever traveled a bit too close to the grip before the brakes were fully engaged. The thicker pad material on the new pads should have made the brake levers engage significantly further from the grip. Instead the brake lever travels even closer to the grip before the brakes engage. There are no brake fluid leaks and the brakes fully engage if the grip is removed from the handle bar, so the problem does not seem to be hydraulic. The backing plate of the new pads is the same thickness as the old pads and the pad thickness is the same thickness as the original thickness of the old pads. I didn't touch anything in the brake system other than removing the old pads and inserting the new pads. Any ideas why the brake lever has to travel further to fully engage the rotor with the new pads than with the old worn pads?

  2. #2
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    Apr 2012
    Put your old pads back in real quick, stick a flathead screwdriver between, and pry them apart (gently, does not take much properly applied force). You need to get the pistons back flush with the caliper body.

    Then, pull the lever a few times until the pads settle into the right spot. If that doesn't fix your problem, a bleed may be in order (how old is the system, btw?).

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