I finally got around to replacing my old Aztec/Madison pads & ordered the current version. For some reason these had twice as many parts as the old issue (which worked perfectly fine) & they required wheel removal to install them.
I would say if it isn't broken don't fix it. But the new pads cost more, & with more complication they can charge higher prices.
The pad were so unwieldy to install i'm returning them.
I called the store to get a return authorization & they tried to sell me a more expensive pair.
How long a bike will be affordable transport remains to be seen, In relation to cars, yes, always, but in bike terms the cost of keeping them runnning, except for those who can do most or all of their own work, continues to rise. I will probably have to replace my 2 bikes soon due to declining availability of parts. Yet i doubt that the new equivalent of my new $500 '90 Peugeot today will be that much better than the Peugeot. 1 or 2 more gears, which i could live without.