The big news from Avid is the new "freeride extreme" brake called the Code. It has a 4 piston caliper and larger pads to improve power and modulation. These pads are compatible with the original Code calipers and load from the bottom.
Pre 2011 Code
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Q: How long should these pads last? Is it possible I got a bad set ? I did some freeride dh this sunday. Had a brand new set of these and they were done after half a day.
A: The life of your brake pads depends greatly on a number of factors including riding conditions, proper setup and installation, and individual riding style. Having said that, new brake pads should last longer than one ride and thus if you went through them in one day it is possible they may not have been installed/setup properly or you may have received a defective pair.