They always seem to get good reviews, and presumably the mags ride them a fair bit before passing judgement(well hopefully).
But some Elixir 5's came on my new bike, they've made it 192 mostly dry trail center (swinely) miles before now either being rock hard with no free play or pulling to the bar, and there's no guessing which they'll do for any given pull!
This is the second set I've had that's gone to pot within the first month of riding so I'm pretty much convinced they really are this bad. The last set went back to Fishers and came back with a note saying I'd bled them incorrectly, which was strange as they failed before I bled them (must have been preemptive failure), failed again after I'd bled them, and failed again after Fishers had apparently bled them correctly!
This time the new bike was new (but never ridden by the original owner) so at least I don't have to deal with months of faffing before I can bin them.
Time to go back to hopes, they might not be as powerfull, and they might cost several times more, but on the basis my last two sets weren't maintained in 3 years, that's 36x better reliability.