A trail collapse and resulting long slide damaged the brake lever of my son's Flux -- so we're going to replace and upgrade the old Elixirs with something with more bite. Would consider Shimano -- but then a buddy of mine, on his 2-week old Chili, had his rear XT pads fly apart at the top of a rather dicey descent. Turns out he's not alone:
Shimano XT pad fail.
It's cool that Shimano is warrantying pads that have failed, but really they could do more. This looks to me like a recall situation. If you ride them you might want to stick a spare pair in your pack at least.
The Elixirs didn't give us any trouble, and price on X0 brakes is not too bad atm -- thinking of going that way...
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