I've recently bought a new bike with Avid Elixir R brakes. They're not that great but have improved with a bleed. The brakes are a couple of years old and i'm not that impressed so looking for a change.
I've only ever had Avids before (Juicy 3s, Elixir 5s). I quite liked the Elixir 5s. The only time I ever had an issue with them was on downhill tracks in the Alps where they started to fade after a while.
Avid brakes seem to really get a lot of stick on here and I was wondering if anyone has some useful advice, rather than just "I'd rather have no brakes!" etc etc!!!!
It's just that i haven't got bottomless pockets and there are some bargains on Avids out there - people taking new brakes off new bikes and selling them.
I don't care about the cool factor of what brand of brakes I have. If Avid are good value but still decent, I'll have them. If SLX, XT, Hope really are worth the extra money I'll pay it..