A pair of Avid Elixr 1s came OEM on my new bike. I've read some horror stories about Elixr brakes, but mine have been fine so far, so I'm cautiously optimistic. A couple of questions:
- I see Avid replacement pads can have either a steel or aluminum backing plate. What are the advantages and disadvantages to the steel and Al?
- Does the little bolt (pad pin) that keeps the brake pads and spring from falling out of the caliper come with the replacement pads?
- The Elixr 1s use a cotter pin in place of the pad pin that is used on all of the other Elixr models. No doubt, its a little cheaper with the cotter pin, and 1s are the entry level brake, so I understand. But I'd find it hard to pull a cotter pin out and replace it on the trail unless I started riding with some needle nosed pliers. So I'd like to make my Elixr 1s take the pad pins like th eother Elixrs. I think that I have to thread the hole for the pad pin. Has anyone else done this? If so, any idea which tap I need?