How To Change Elixir R Brake Pads

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Introduction

Changing the brake pads on your Elixir R brakes can seem like a daunting task at first, but with the right tools and a bit of patience, it’s a manageable maintenance job that can save you money and keep your brakes performing at their best. In this article, I’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of changing the brake pads on Elixir R brakes, sharing some personal tips and insights along the way.

Gathering the Tools

Before diving into the brake pad replacement, it’s essential to gather all the necessary tools and materials. For this task, I recommend having the following:

  • 5mm Allen wrench
  • T10 Torx wrench
  • New Elixir R brake pads
  • Clean rags
  • Brake cleaner
  • Small container for used brake fluid

Getting Started

First, I like to place my bike in a stable workstand to make the process more comfortable. Then, using the 5mm Allen wrench, I carefully remove the retaining pin that secures the brake pads in place. It’s essential to keep track of all parts as you remove them to ensure easy reassembly later. Once the retaining pin is out, I gently slide out the old brake pads.

Inspecting and Cleaning

Before installing the new brake pads, take a moment to inspect the brake caliper and rotor. I use a clean rag and some brake cleaner to remove any buildup or contaminants from the caliper and rotor surfaces. This step ensures optimal performance and longevity for the new brake pads.

Installing the New Brake Pads

With the caliper and rotor clean, it’s time to install the new brake pads. I carefully slide the new pads into place, ensuring they are seated correctly. Then, I reinsert the retaining pin and tighten it with the 5mm Allen wrench. It’s crucial to double-check that everything is secure before moving on to the next step.

Brake Bleeding (if necessary)

If the brake lever feels spongy or the brake performance is not up to par, it may be time to bleed the brakes. This process involves removing air bubbles from the brake fluid to restore optimal performance. However, brake bleeding can be complex and may require professional assistance if you’re not experienced with it.

Conclusion

Changing the brake pads on your Elixir R brakes is a rewarding maintenance task that enhances your bike’s safety and performance. By following these steps and adding your personal touch, you can ensure smooth and reliable braking on your rides. Remember, if you ever feel unsure about any step in the process, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional bike mechanic.