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    Newbie erhan's Avatar
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    Choosing dic brake pads

    I have Avid BB7 disc brakes and I need to change the front pads. There are several after market brake pad compounds like organic, metalic, resin, sintered, etc., but I don't know which one would be right for my riding style.

    I have a light weight xc hardtail, and I am 156 lbs. I ride down steep hills quite often (yea, I do a lot of climbing), and usually I brake constantly to control the speed on loose terrain. I ride in all conditions, like hot, cold, mud, rain, dry, dust...

    I am actually quite happy with the lifetime of the original avid pads. The only thing I don't like is, when they get hot, it gets harder and harder to slow down. Actually, this is the reason why I want to learn about other pad compounds.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

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    Senior Member mtbikerinpa's Avatar
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    Usually, they read like this.
    stock to most brands other than heavy duty. It offers good friction qualities for most riders.
    Higher heat rating. Wears longer. Lower friction, resulting in less grab at light forces.

    In Aftermarket grades, they spec by another scale generally. I will use EBC as an example.
    Kevlar based. Good for most applications. Wear reistant, but good low-effor grip.
    High friction for maximum grip-effort applied. Downhill optimized. Less pad life.
    Sintered metalic. Higher friction. High wear reistance at the price of higher rotor wear. Good for mud and gritty conditions.

    There are a lot more varieties and opininons on the matter, so these are just highlights. In general for xc and light dh, the resin on shimano's has been fine. I would personally look into green or red if I was to change compounds.
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