- PSA avid elixir £28 an end new
Not one for the avid haters. And I expect a lot would prefer shimano deore
But chain reaction have new avid elixir 3 for £28 an end.
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/mobile/avid-elixir-3-disc-brake-2014/rp-prod85973?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ENG_28_10_14_top_trending_(1)&utm_content=&_$ja=tsid:41391%7Ccn:ENG_28_10_14_top_trending_(1)Posted 5 years ago
I actually swapped the Elixir 1s for Deores.
Functionally not much difference – no way I could tell in a blind test.
However the Elixir 1s were white and it was distracting as hell in gloomy forest. Plus I’m planning on getting a CX bike with Shimano hydros so it’d be easier to share pads/bleeding stuff. Shimano fluid doesn’t absorb moisture over time so doesn’t go ‘off’Posted 5 years ago
Did anyone buy these?
I took a punt and the plastic pad separator was in so tight it would not remove without considerable force- lever out with a screwdriver both ends!! The pads then wont fully retract and there is a gap between the back of the brake pad and the calliper – is this normal for Avids?
Did i just get unlucky, are avids like this or is this a CRC OEM omnishambles
I have e-mailed CRC and I am waiitng a reply
Cheers allPosted 5 years agocakefacesmallblockSubscriber
I have six year old Juicy 3 on my bike , which are still working fine. Admittedly getting a decent bleed when servicing them was a total lottery , but these days it’s easier to get right first time. Elixirs on the o/h’s bike are fine too.
Tempted to buy some for when either if ours become just too much to sort.
EDIT . Just noticed …old post.Posted 5 years agomrbelowskiMember
Yes, the pistons should be flush with the calliper, so there’s no gap between the pad and the body of the calliper. You may need to work the pistons in with a lever of some kind, but if wiggling the plastic spacer isn’t enough to do it then it suggests something may be amiss.
If they weren’t brand new, I’d remove the pads and get a ring spanner in there and ease the pistons back into the bores.
If they won’t go all the way back in obvious candidates are air in the system, too much fluid (unlikely IMO) or sticky pistons. My money’s on air in the system.Posted 5 years agostumpy01Member
I’ve had 3 pairs over the years. Somewhat foolishly, I toyed with Shimano when I bought the last pair, but got Elixirs instead so I only had to buy one type of brake pad for both bikes.
Next brakes will definitely not be Avid.
The most recent set I bought have had hardly any riding on them, really. Way less than 1000 miles & they have needed rebleeding several times & the pistons don’t retract. One is so far over on the front brake that the caliper body has been skimming the disc.Posted 5 years ago
My old Julie’s were about 8 year old before I finally got shot of them. These Elixirs haven’t managed two years.jonnyvegasMember
I’m thinking it’s all about disc size and what you weigh as i actually hate them but when bleeding them up.for friends etc they do feel.ok on a test ride etc.Posted 5 years ago
Also to get better feel when bleeding pull brake lever a few times when calipers are off bike then place a piece of 2-3mm cardboard in pads bleed as normal then when finished push the pads ?bah
I had no real issues when I owned them before but there is a few mm gaps each side of the caliper and this means that one wont even go over a disc and two are tight. I never tried to fit them though as i was – stupidly without realising- trying to fettle the worst [narrowest gap] one.
Either way the pistons wont retract with gentle , but firm, pressure on the pads and I am not doing anything industrial to new brakes but i wouldPosted 5 years agoahwilesMember
my new elixirs (came with a bike i bought) didn’t even manage 1 ride before they turned to 5h1t.
free to a good home (+postage).
1) the levers leak.
2) the pistons can’t be pushed ‘home’.
#2 can’t be due to ‘too much fluid’ as quite of lot of fluid has now leaked out – see #1Posted 5 years agostumpy01Member
What is weird with Elixirs is that even when you use the correct bleed block, the pistons aren’t fully retracted. I keep meaning to use a feeler gauge or some shim material (coke can, perhaps) to bulk out bleed block a bit, so the pistoons are fully retracted when it comes to bleeding.
When they work, I love the way they work. They are poweful, but without that on/off feel that you get with some brakes. You can really modulate your braking.Posted 5 years ago
But, I don’t have time to keep up with bike maintenance as it is and brakes are one more thing I’d prefer not to mess around with. So when the time comes, I will definitely be replacing them with another brand; probably Shimano SLXs.nick-no-balanceMember
I’m a bit of a Shimano brake convert.Posted 5 years ago
I have replaced an old Juicy Carbon with a new Deore Rear. Running mix and match on my old Trance they feel quite similar or maybe I have just got used to them. Have used Juicys and Elixirs for years. The Elixirs are very powerful when you want them to be but I have less of a problem with sticking pistons with Shimano especially in winter corrosive conditions.
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