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Are XX brakes just terrible?

Old 04-25-12, 06:14 AM
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Are XX brakes just terrible?

I just bought a set of XX Brakes and they bottom to the lever before to get brake contact. I have a set of Elixir CR's I am thinking of using instead.

I have read some bad review of the XX Brakes and sounds like this is common.

Anyone else have similar experience?
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If you have the newest version, they have been redesigned and are supposed to be much improved.

They should be ready to go out of the box, unless the lines need to be trimmed. It sounds like you either need to bleed the brakes or check for possible leaks.

I think Avid makes a decent brake for the most part. You hear about more issues, but they are also a huge OEM manufacturer. Most of the issues I have seen have been minor and mostly related to setup. I have seen one XX master cyclinder(previous design) break on the trail after a light crash - cut that ride short. I've been riding the Elixir CR for a few years and have never had a problem.
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In general, nothing is going to be maintenance-free 100% of the time. Try bleeding them. If that doesn't take, you can call them whatever you want.
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There seems to be a lot of Avid brakes around which are badly setup from the factory, bleeding them should get them to the state that they should have been in.
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