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Old 03-25-13, 09:07 PM   #1
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Any brake pad recommendations?

My bike has a set of Hayes Nine hydraulic discs, and my last set of pads went away quickly after an epic I rode in October. By the end of the ride they were howling like the horn on a locomotive, and cleaning the discs with brakeclean did no good.

I'm going to swap the pads out, and I've noticed that there are quite a few different options. I do fast singletrack with the occasional stream crossing, and I'm trying to pick the best pad. What does everyone else use?
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EBCs are alright but I highly recommend Brake Authority pads. "Aggressive" line is particularly good.
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EBCs are alright but I highly recommend Brake Authority pads. "Aggressive" line is particularly good.
Thanks for that. Found some at Chain Reaction on sale.
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Cool.

You may already know the drill but I'll risk being redundant just in case. The absolute best way to get the most out of your new pads is to bed them in properly. Hayes recommends 30-40 good hard stops to do this. Last time I bedded in my Brake Authority pads, I did 45 just for good measure. Easiest way is to find a decent long-ass grade (a mile or two is ideal); get up some speed and haul it down to nearly - - but not quite - - a complete stop. Start a bit light to get things up to temp and progress to heavier and heaviier stops. Repeat and repeat . . . and repeat. It's particularly important to not let the rotor stop completely in the pads. I have found that when I stick to this routine religiously, my braking has been awesome; when I've been lazy or in a hurry, I've ended up paying in so-so performance.
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Thanks. I knew about bedding them in, but now about the 40 stops deal. I think I've probably done no more than half that in the past. I have a long grade that's around -5 percent. Should do the trick.

The rotors are new, so once the pads are bedded in properly I should be in good shape.
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