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Item # AVI0085


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.

  • Steel backing
  • Organic or Metallic braking surface material options
  • Compatible with Avid Elixir brakes and Avid XX (organic only)
  • Each package includes 2 brake pads

Tech Specs

organic, metallic
Avid Elixir brakes, Avid XX
Recommended Use:
mountain biking

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Great pads

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Go with the OM parts to take care of your brakes. These are always reliable and dependable. One question i run into is the difference between organic and metallic pads:

Metallic pads are made up of hardened metallic ingredients, which are bound together with pressure and temperature. These pads will be better if you are a heavier rider. These pads are recommended for riding in wet, muddy, or dusty conditions. They are also a lot better if you are running small rotors, or are on a long descend. Although they are more noisy, and do not have as much of an initial bite as organic pads, you will definitely notice the increased performance at the end of your run.

Organic pads pads are made up of fibers and organic material that are bonded together with resin.These pads are for lighter weight riders, and riding where lots of brakes are not required, like cross country, and riding in flatter areas .When running these pads with smaller rotors, they will "manage" the heat better, meaning your oil is less likely to boil, which would cause a loss of power. Another great thing about resin pads is that they are much quieter, I know I hate brake squeal, and I'm sure you do too. One big disadvantage of these pads is that they wear out quicker, which means more replacing, and potentially more brake bleeds. Also don't run these pads when it is muddy, wet, or even very dusty conditions. It is suggested that if you are running these pads, you occasionally sand the surface, to remove the glaze.

OE Pads are the best pads

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I always use Avid pads for any Avid/Sram brakes. There are several aftermarket brands available, however, the stock pads seem to always work the best.

As a heavier rider I generally prefer the Metallic pads as they seem to have less initial bite but have more power once you really start riding.

pump the brakes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

these brakes will stop you at high rates of speed if you apply them! metallic will last substantially longer than the organics but will be a little bit louder. to be honest though brakes are pointless. go ham out there!

I like metallic.

    Got these for my Elixir 9 brakes. They work well. I like the increased longevity of the metallic pads.

    2nd set!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are great pads, I usually go for the metallic since I am pretty rough on my brakes and occasionally ride through creeks and mud. This is the 2nd time I have ordered these and will continue until I get my hands on a better bike!

    Pretty dang happy overall.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Really good stopping power. Glad I went with these vs. the cheaper's worth the extra little bit of money. The organic is a bit thicker than I expected, so be sure to factor that in. Takes a few rides for the initial brake noise to go away. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase.

    They work!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great pads. These work on all Avid Elixir brake calipers. Don't forget to replace your pads. These helps my brakes to stop making a horrible noise.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    They work great, I can stop when I want to.

    Less noise, for sure

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Less noise, people say you lose some stopping power with Organic pads but I honestly couldn't tell the difference. All I wanted them to be is less noisy and that they were not 100% but good enough for me.

    Avg. ride time: 4m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Organic all the way

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    They are quite and they bite pretty hard. They have lasted long enough for me to be satisfied. I found the metallics a little loud for my liking


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great pads for those who arent riding the brakes. Really quiet and grabby. Easy to replace. They are wearing out faster than my synthetics did, but im enjoying them way more. MUCH better than generics, stick with the avid ones.

    Avg. ride time: 1h 48m per week
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    Easy To Replace

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I ride a lot of lifts and go through brake pads quicker than I'd care to admit. These work as advertised and are really easy to replace. I prefer metallic pads for their longer life, any increase in sound doesn't bother me.

    Just reloaded on these. Love being able to replace the myself!

    Unanswered Question

    I have a elixr 1 on my bmc mt bike and I...

    I have a elixr 1 on my bmc mt bike and I need some brake pads and I need to know what brakes I need to get. thanks

    Do these pads come with the bolt and safety...

    Do these pads come with the bolt and safety clip. I have messed up, lost the clip and somehow managed to round the top of the bolt. Can you suggest a good quality torx set?

    Best Answer

    This will come with the spring and bolt, as pictured. For a good quality torx wrench set, take a look at Pedro's L Torx Set (Item # PED000P). It is a great set with loose wrenches to allow better purchase on your bolt to prevent it from stripping.

    Go With Organic

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I was never able to get the metalic brake pads to seat correctly. I tried a couple sets. I followed all of SRAM's instructions to the T and other guidance I found. I switched to the organic compound and have had smooth quiet braking ever since. The organic pads have held up well even in snow, ice, mud and rain.

    Brake Pads!

      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.