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Kool-Stop Linear Pull Replacement Pads
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Kool-Stop Dura-Ace/Ultegra Brake Pads
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Jagwire Mountain Sport Disc Brake Pads
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Shimano XTR BR-M985 Brake Pad Axle
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Galfer 1053 Standard Avid Brake Pads
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Shimano XT/XTR V-Brake Pads
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Hayes Disc Brake Pads Semi-Metallic
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Avid/Sram Elixir, DB, Level Brake Pads
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Shimano BR-CT91 Cantilever Shoes
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Magura 7.P Performance Disc Brake Pads
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Swiss Stop Flash Pro Brake Pad Inserts
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Brake Pads

Brake pads are a highly important part of any bike. Without brake pads, stopping would be near impossible. Not all brake pads are created equally though. Some brake pads provide increased stopping power over others, some pads perform better in wet conditions, and some pads stay cooler longer to prevent brake fade. The two most common brake pad types are rim brake and disc brake.

Rim brake pads contact the rim in order to slow down and stop. Some rim brake calipers have replaceable inserts instead of having to replace the entire shoe itself. When it comes to rim material, the type of pad you use is extremely important. Aluminum rims require an aluminum rim specific brake pad, but these pads can generally be from any brand. Carbon rims require carbon fiber specific brake pads. These pads get a little more tricky because often times the rim manufacturer doesn't recommend that riders use another brand's pad that they don't approve of. A good rule of thumb is to use a manufacturer's own carbon brake pad. For instance, if you have Reynolds carbon wheels, you should use Reynolds carbon brake pads.

Disc brakes are a little more tricky than rim brakes. Most often a manufacturer's disc brake calipers require a specific brake pad and will use multiple brake pads across their entire lineup. Disc brake pads come in two different materials: organic or sintered. Organic pads, which are also referred to as resin pads, are made from a high-density ceramic and are softer than sintered pads. Resin pads generally provide better stopping power and dissipate heat better. The downside is that resin pads will wear out more quickly. Sintered pads, or metallic pads, use a compound with added metal content. This makes them much noisier than resin pads, but they last longer in wet and mixed weather conditions.

If your brake pads have less than 1.5mm of braking surface left, then it is time to replace them. It is pretty simple to change pads but they do need to be properly bedded-in so they brake smoother. To bed in brakes, you'll need to brake hard in a safe environment, like a neighborhood and a parking lot, in order to lay down a thin layer of film onto the rotor surface. If you're ever unsure of which pads your bike needs, our Gear Advisors are here to answer your questions. You can call them at 888-880-3811 seven days a week.