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Old 12-04-14, 05:31 PM
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You don't have to buy the identical pads from the same manufacturer. But you have to get one that's specific to the brake. There are 3rd party sellers of pads for most brakes, including KoolStop and JagWire. When buying the pad, look for the phrase "made to fit", "replaces", or "fits" follower by your brake brand and model.

Don't forget, it's not just Brand, the model is equally important, since many brands, like Shimano, make various models of brakes all using different pads.
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