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    What's with my noisy/squeeky Elixir CR's

    I've been very happy with the power and modularity of my new Elixir CR brakes but they are becoming more and more noisy when I apply pressure to them. They weren't always this way. In fact, they were very quite at first. I've had them for about a month now and they probably have around 70-80 miles on them. They have the 160 rotors and don't rub at all.

    What can I do? Any suggestions? Has anyone else had this same experience?

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    Are they both making noise, and is it a real squeal or something else. I realize it's hard to diagnose sounds on the internet, but what's your best description. I really hate the noise you get when pads get contaminated with something...like a small dog with his tail being stepped on. Usually when you've had drag-free brakes working as well as you describe, a howl or squeal usually indicates contamination...not always, but more often perhaps. Have you had any work done to the bike lately?...had a fork oil leak?...got some chain lube on the pads? If both ends of the bike started squealing simultaneously, that's a strange coincidence. I haven't had any squeal out of mine, and one bike with them has quite a few miles. I'll also assume you're running the stock pads as delivered?

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    Hmmm, could be a mystery

    I think the howling, dog-tail-in-the-rotor sound is about right. The front is worse than the back but not by too much. I haven't had any leaks on the rotors that I can tell, but maybe I should clean them anyways. The pads are stock and even though I've put some miles on them maybe their still not fully broken in. But I haven't noticed any reduction in the performance of the brakes. I just try not to use them too much these days because they're so loud. So, maybe it's a good thing.

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    I don't know...I wouldn't consider howling brakes a good thing. Something has caused it, and you just need to identify it. Your situation sure sounds like contamination, but it usually just involves one brake. Do you have a spare set of pads? If not, get some. One should always have at least one spare pair at the ready. Clean the rotor with a clean, lintless rag and alcohol or automotive brake cleaner. Install the new pads and see what happens to that brake as far as the noise goes.

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    Sound advice...

    Looks like I'll be ordering some fresh pads and givin' the rotors a good cleanin'.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Any suggestions on which type of pad?

    Which pads should I get? I ride in Southern California so it's pretty dry. Should I go for the Sintered, Organic Aluminum, or Organic Steel. What's the difference anyway? Do they feel different, wear differently, etc?

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    It's pretty dry here in west Texas...dust, dirt, rocks. The stock sintered pads have been working for me very well. The spare pair I got were some Jagwire sintered pads with aluminum backs...didn't give a lot of thought to organic pads, as I've never used them on any other brand or model I've owned.

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    Try the "pit-stop" brake cleaner buy sram. It works great. All you do is spray it on the rotor/pads and let it dry after a few spins. I've used it many times after getting the random squeal.

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