Bicycle Mechanics - AVID ELIXIR 3 Decent?
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04-15-12, 07:44 AM
New guy learning, How do these AVID ELIXIR 3 rate? Are the for MB or Road bikes?
Wanting to convert my Mechanical to Hydraulic, but can't spend 200-$300
04-15-12, 07:48 AM
Not decent. Get Shimano SLX or the next step down. Heck, get ProMax hydraulics for better functionality than Elixirs...
04-16-12, 06:59 AM
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the Avid Elixir line of brakes. They work just fine for most people out there. I have a set of Elixir CRs that are a few years old and I have never had an issue from them.
04-16-12, 10:31 AM
Plenty of people use them as OEM parts, but the advise if looking at any of the Elixir series if buying is to go Shimano, if you can get the new Deore(M596) or SLX(M666) for similar money, would go for them.
04-16-12, 11:26 AM
The new line of Shimano brakes are amazing. Highly recommended. They do require specialized tools to bleed now, unfortunately, so if you are planning to do your own service, you might want to try to find an older set. If you want to stay mechanical, Avid BB7s rival some hydraulic systems for awesomeness.
04-16-12, 01:00 PM
For the 'specialized tool' need for the new design of Shimano brake, its a hopper which screws into the brake lever / reservoir, and it makes bleeding them incredibly easy, would see this as a major improvement over all previous Shimano disc brakes rather than an issue. The tool isn't expensive either http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=34710&gclid=CI3zxqD5ua8CFaYJtAod8SPhkg
I swapped my bb5s for elixir 3s about 2 years ago and have been quite happy with them -- they have been reliable, easy to adjust, easy to change pads and stop me effectively and quietly. Having said that, I'd prefer Shimano XTs as their pads are further (or so I've read) from the rotor and less inclined to rub.
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