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Serfas brand replacement brake pads for Avid Elixir brakes.
  • Semi metallic
  • Includes new spring
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Serfas Avid Elixir Disc Brake Pads
 
4.3

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (17)
  • Durable (7)
  • Quiet (6)
  • Price (5)
  • CHEAP (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (21)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (25), Competitive cyclist (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (32)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent Stoppers

    These are very quiet pads. They seem to be wearing fast. The OEM Avid brand (organic)pads seem to last me one season and cost about $24. The serfas pads are lasting half...Read complete review

    These are very quiet pads. They seem to be wearing fast. The OEM Avid brand (organic)pads seem to last me one season and cost about $24. The serfas pads are lasting half as long - I use 2 sets per season but at [$] that's a great savings. I put about 1500km a year on my mtb bike - use that as a gauge for how long they may last for you.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Horrible lifespan

    I am not sure how/where everyone reviewing these pads are riding...but I have gone through 3 sets of these in one summer. In fact, the most recent pair found myself pulling...Read complete review

    I am not sure how/where everyone reviewing these pads are riding...but I have gone through 3 sets of these in one summer. In fact, the most recent pair found myself pulling my levers to my bars within two weeks (and that included a brake bleed).

    These pads also are NOT very powerful, especially when wet...so if you are mostly riding XC in rolling/flat areas, they will be fine. Mix in some all mountain ridnig with some serious descents and steepes, and you wont be thrilled with the lifespan. I could have just gone with the Avids once rather than these 3 times this summer... i must be a cheap biker bum!

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    1.0

    Horrible lifespan

    By Joeschmo

    from Vail, CO

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • CHEAP

    Cons

    • Lifespan

    Best Uses

      Comments about Serfas Avid Elixir Disc Brake Pads:

      I am not sure how/where everyone reviewing these pads are riding...but I have gone through 3 sets of these in one summer. In fact, the most recent pair found myself pulling my levers to my bars within two weeks (and that included a brake bleed).

      These pads also are NOT very powerful, especially when wet...so if you are mostly riding XC in rolling/flat areas, they will be fine. Mix in some all mountain ridnig with some serious descents and steepes, and you wont be thrilled with the lifespan. I could have just gone with the Avids once rather than these 3 times this summer... i must be a cheap biker bum!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Stopped my Vibrations

      By Joe_John

      from Albuquerque, NM

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Serfas Avid Elixir Disc Brake Pads:

        I was having a lot of vibrations of vibrations on my camber 29er and I read a review were this worked for someone else. I thought I would give it a try and it has helped tremendously.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        The Turkey Slayer

        By Giant Reign 0

        from NorCal

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Serfas Avid Elixir Disc Brake Pads:

            Used these to replace the practically new pads on my Elixer 9 brakes, which made horrible turkey noises all the time. I tried sanding, cleaning, beveling the edges, swapping positions, etc. Stock pads are just aweful.
            These Serfa pads fixed the problem! I still have to see how they perform long term, so only four stars, but they immediately made my riding experience more enjoyable.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Amazing for the price.

            By Brian

            from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • CHEAP
            • Easy To Install

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mountain Biking
              • Upgrade

              Comments about Serfas Avid Elixir Disc Brake Pads:

              Not sure how you can get better brake pads for cheaper than the oem. This world is full of word things. Believe the hype they are amazing!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Good value but likely won't fit

              By Rubberelli

              from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

              • Difficult To Install

              Best Uses

              • Mountain Biking

              Comments about Serfas Avid Elixir Disc Brake Pads:

              Keep in mind that every third party brand pads for Elixirs that I have tried, including Serfas, have always had too much pad and need to be sanded down to fit in with the rotor. They will then rub for at least your first ride, but will eventually wear away to acceptable size.These are as good as the Avid organic brakes. Maybe better because they are semi-metallic. Wish they had a sintered pad (the best for stopping power).

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              • No
               
              4.0

              Quiet

              By PeteyPhil

              from Ashland, OR

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Inexpensive
              • Quiet

              Cons

              • Wears Quickly

              Best Uses

              • Mountain Biking

              Comments about Serfas Avid Elixir Disc Brake Pads:

              These are very quiet compared to the Elixir 5 OEM pads. I frequently ride a 15-mile 5,000 vertical-foot downhill, and I don't get a peep from these. They wear somewhat quickly, but I at ten bucks a pop I can afford to stock up.

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              • No
               
              5.0

              Great pads

              By DaveRider

              from Cairo, Egypt

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • CHEAP
              • Durable
              • Easy To Install

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking

                Comments about Serfas Avid Elixir Disc Brake Pads:

                These are quite grabby, quiet, & don't wear the rotor like OEM pads.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                Serfas pads in Elixir 7's

                By pb.boise

                from boise, id

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • CHEAP
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking

                  Comments about Serfas Avid Elixir Disc Brake Pads:

                  Very quiet compared to oem pads in Avid Elixir 7sl's. the brakes are on a 2012 specialized epic 29, with Elixir 7sl calipers/levers and HS1 rotors 180 front and 160 rear. oem pads were very loud with lots of turkey warble, but these resolved that issue. I was getting some noise from my rear brake that seemed to be a squeaker noise indicating the pads were worn out, but removing them shows lots of wear thickness still left. they did create some wear cutting and heat damage on the rear 160 (see my HS1 rotor review for pics), but the front 180 is performing well.

                  the stopping performance is better than the oem avid pads imo, but I do not have a comparison to Avid replacement (non-oem) pads. I think the serfas are starting to have some fade and lesser effectiveness about 50% thru the pad thickness, which is at 300 miles for me. at this price though, it just makes sense to replace them early and have new pads with better stopping power again.

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                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Good for everyday riding BUT......

                  By Fast and Loose

                  from Coastal BC

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Good Fit

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Xc Riding

                    Comments about Serfas Avid Elixir Disc Brake Pads:

                    I bought these pads based on the reviews posted here and while the pads did perform decently on my first moderate ride, once pushed hard on the fast, steep slopes of Kamloops, they proved to be less than confidence inspiring due to the lack of decent bite and noticeable fade. These pads were paired with brand new Hope Float rotors and both were properly "bed in". I would not recommend these pads for aggressive all-mountain/dh use. After 4 days of riding, they're all but gone. If you're riding xc or moderate terrain, they are a great cheap option worth considering.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Works better then expected

                    By Papaish

                    from San Antonio, TX

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Install

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Mountain Biking

                      Comments about Serfas Avid Elixir Disc Brake Pads:

                      Like all other reviews, I had reservations of this product. I went ahead and ordered 2 sets any way (cant beat the price). After only riding in them for a week (about 75 miles) I must say I truly made the best decision. These pads not only slow and stop better, but they're way more quiet. Haven't had them long enough to see if they wear down faster, but even if they do you cant beat the price and performance of these pads. (BTW I ride All Mountain at 225lbs riding weight)

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                      • No

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