The Avid Elixir brakes have increased stopping power over the Juicy 7 partly due the new caliper with a larger piston and pad combination. Additionally, the Elixir brakes have a top loading pad system that makes removal and installation a snap. The new features required a redesigned pad specific to the Elixir brake.
The Avid Elixir disc brake pads have a steel backing and come in two options: Organic or Metallic. Organic pads are softer and will provide more quiet braking and increased modulation. Metallic pads will offer longer life and improved heat dissipation. We always recommend Metallic for riders who often ride in wet conditions. The Avid Elixir disc brake pads are sold as one pair of left and right to fit one caliper and include the retraction spring.
Please note: These are Avid's factory XX brake pads, but you must use the organic compound as the metallic pads generate too much heat for the magnesium calipers.
Brake pads are one of those things that rarely get acknowledged. Like chains or cassettes they are something one does not often think about them. These pads, though, are worth getting excited about. They stop well, are reasonably quiet, and are not prone to fade. Thanks to the excellent design of the Avid caliper they are also very easy to replace when needed. I tend to gravitate towards the semi-metallic for the longer life span.
I like the Avid brand over generics like serfas of Jaqwires for the Elixirs as they include new hardware with them. More than adequate to get the job done.
These pads are considerably quieter than my stock ones. They're easy to install too.
These were exactly what I needed.
They do the job and keep me riding.