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Replacement pads for the Avid Elixir hydraulic disc brake.
  • QTY "1" is enough pads for one wheel. Order "2" to replace the pads on one complete bicycle
  • Steel back is most economical, aluminum back is more expensive but saves weight
  • Choose metal compound for maximum braking power (downhill/freeride use, larger rotors, bigger, more aggressive riders) and organic for general, all-around use, most quiet operation

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Avid Elixir Brake Pads
 
4.1

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (11)
  • Durable (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Perfect

    I ordered the Sintered by mistake. However, after a bit of research I am a big guy. 6'2" and 250 lbs and sintered pads offered better stopping power. I read reviews that...Read complete review

    I ordered the Sintered by mistake. However, after a bit of research I am a big guy. 6'2" and 250 lbs and sintered pads offered better stopping power. I read reviews that sintered may wear the rotors out quicker than organic pads. The times can be somewhere between 1-3 years for a downhill rider. I ride trails. So, I am willing to take that risk. Plus the factory rotors are priced cheap and upgrades are reasonably priced. Pads installed quickly and broke in nicely.

    Some reviews said the sintered along with avid brakes are loud, these did squeal slightly once I installed them. But found this to be an alignment issue and researched that ANY pad/brand will be loud if they are not properly aligned. I used the Hayes Alignment tool to take care of the realignment and have had no problems.

    These pads were installed on a Cannondale Flash 2 w/ Lefty. I will be ordering these again.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Easy to replace, quick to wear

    I use these on road to commute and off road. Just replaced brakes to Avid Elixer 9's in early Winter. Pads were quick to muck up in snow and mud, even with...Read complete review

    I use these on road to commute and off road. Just replaced brakes to Avid Elixer 9's in early Winter. Pads were quick to muck up in snow and mud, even with frequent cleaning. Pads were worn beyond recommended wear thickness when I pulled them after about 5 months, but rotors fine. Won't do that again. Hope for better wear in drier Spring and Summer.

    PinkBike video on Utube was brilliant step by step. to walk through first time replacement process. Took about 15 minutes to complete both brakes with no issues.

    Design is simple and functional.

    Reviewed by 18 customers

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    4.0

    Best for any trail type

    By Fat Jesus

    from Walnut, Ca.

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Add Stopping Power
    • Durable
    • Easy To Install

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Riding
      • Mountain Biking
      • Racing
      • Upgrade

      Comments about Avid Elixir Brake Pads:

      I only use sintered pads as I tend to like to go fast on the downhills and need some decent stopping power. These avid replacement pads are the best so far. They have a pretty decent life and grab good after they're all seated in. The only drawback is that they can get noisy sometimes. But that only happens when they get wet or there's contamination on the pads or rotor.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      3.0

      Good, but hard to install

      By keeping up with TLC

      from CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

      • Difficult To Install

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Avid Elixir Brake Pads:

      Good durability - a full season of mountain biking and still looking good. But they were hard to install.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      3.0

      Pads are good, but don't seem to last

      By guru

      from claremont, ca

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Avid Elixir Brake Pads:

        I ride hard, but they don't seem to last like I think they should. No happy with the entire elixir system. They have been a real problem for my type of riding.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        they work

        By wyatt m

        from Canyon Lake,CA

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Avid Elixir Brake Pads:

          perfect, install easy and work great

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          3.0

          Easy to replace, quick to wear

          By JimBobROK

          from Pyeongtaek, South Korea

          About Me Commuter

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Install
          • Lightweight
          • Noisy When Dirtyworn

          Cons

          • Short Life

          Best Uses

          • Casual Riding
          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Avid Elixir Brake Pads:

          I use these on road to commute and off road. Just replaced brakes to Avid Elixer 9's in early Winter. Pads were quick to muck up in snow and mud, even with frequent cleaning. Pads were worn beyond recommended wear thickness when I pulled them after about 5 months, but rotors fine. Won't do that again. Hope for better wear in drier Spring and Summer.

          PinkBike video on Utube was brilliant step by step. to walk through first time replacement process. Took about 15 minutes to complete both brakes with no issues.

          Design is simple and functional.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Works great!

          By Egrier

          from Orange County,CA

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Install

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Avid Elixir Brake Pads:

            Replacement set. No noise when braking. Not as responsive as organic, but wear life is much better. I have the same set in the front. Works great in wet and dry conditions.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Perfect

            By FF337

            from Georgia

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Install
            • Great Stopping Power

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mountain Biking
              • Racing

              Comments about Avid Elixir Brake Pads:

              I ordered the Sintered by mistake. However, after a bit of research I am a big guy. 6'2" and 250 lbs and sintered pads offered better stopping power. I read reviews that sintered may wear the rotors out quicker than organic pads. The times can be somewhere between 1-3 years for a downhill rider. I ride trails. So, I am willing to take that risk. Plus the factory rotors are priced cheap and upgrades are reasonably priced. Pads installed quickly and broke in nicely.

              Some reviews said the sintered along with avid brakes are loud, these did squeal slightly once I installed them. But found this to be an alignment issue and researched that ANY pad/brand will be loud if they are not properly aligned. I used the Hayes Alignment tool to take care of the realignment and have had no problems.

              These pads were installed on a Cannondale Flash 2 w/ Lefty. I will be ordering these again.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              3.0

              They work

              By frogman

              from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking

                Comments about Avid Elixir Brake Pads:

                They do what they're supposed to....stop my bike. Nothing fancy, not great stopping power but, great life. Rode a 60k enduro in pouring rain, mud, sand etc and these bad boys lasted, no problem while other racers with organic pads DNFed all day long. Super easy to change even on the trail if need be.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                3.0

                Brake Pads

                By frogman

                from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking

                  Comments about Avid Elixir Brake Pads:

                  They do what they're supposed to, slow down the bike. Really easy to install, but I think that's more a function of the brake design than the brake pad.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Works excellent!!

                  By Rick the rider

                  from Hershey PA

                  About Me Competitive Cyclist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Fit Perfect
                  • Great Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Mountain Biking

                    Comments about Avid Elixir Brake Pads:

                    Great pads, works perfect, seems durable, now riding them.. Little noise as these are metal ones, but expected.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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