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 Post subject: Avid Elixir 5 query
PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:54 am 
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Good morning fine people of RB,

I am running an Elixir 5 on my saracen which, generally speaking, I am quite pleased with. However, after a while, normally about an hour into a ride or less if lots of heavy braking, it starts to get quite noticable shudder under braking. Not a lot of noise at the time, but the quick 'duh-duh-duh' of the shuddering can be heard.

Anyone have experience of this? Am I just being fussy? They seem to work ok while its shuddering, just need to grab a bit more lever to get the most out of them.

I miss my old M4 brakes, now they were the shizzle 8)

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:16 am 
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I wouldre-space your caliper to see if it stops it, sometimes you get harmonics that reallt travel through the bike.

When re-spacing, loosen of cliper , then REALLY pull brake lever in hard and tighen up bolts, you will find it easier if there's 2 people.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:34 am 
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Cheers mate, I will give it a go. I think I was pretty hard on it when setting up before but cant hurt to re tweak it :)


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:47 pm 
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Brake fade?

What pads are you using?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 5:58 pm 
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The pads that came with them from factory mate, but will change them if it will improve things. As I understand, brake fade disappears after the brakes cool from a heavy session. This takes aaaaaaages to return to normal.

Perhaps its just my 17 stone weight causing them to struggle :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:50 pm 
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If thats the case then its different brake time i expect.

Or try some riveted rotors?


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Dont have the budget for a replacement brake, this one only has about 100 miles or so on it so its sticking around for a while. I will check what pads it has, try resetting the position of the caliper and if that fails, have a bash at replacement pads.

Any idea on replacement pads? I will have a look later, but wonder if straight forward avid replacements might not be the best choice.


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OEM pads tend to rate well but check reviews on them and other branded ones. Google will help you with that.

I think a brake has to be at a resonable temp (not dead cold) for it to bite properly.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:33 am 
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EBC pads are good, did you check your pads for uneven wear ? or have they come off/been on another bike ?


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EBC pads are good, did you check your pads for uneven wear ? or have they come off/been on another bike ?

Nah mate, they are only about 100 miles old, they came on the brake new a few moths ago! i might whip 'em out and try some better pads. need to replace my avid v blocks on the rear too actually as I cant even skid in the sand at the moment! :lol:


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