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Old 06-05-11, 02:45 AM   #1
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About replacement disc brake pads

I know nothing about disk brake pads but need to replace the ones (M08) on my Shimano cable discs for my all-weather urban bike.
There is Shimano brand and various 3rd party manufacturers.
Organic vs sintered vs combinations.

What is the best performance/best value type to use.
From what I can tell, brake pad performance includes:
initial bite
contamination (removal)

I'm a lightweight rider in gently rolling terain.
I'm not too concerned about heat conduction, I dont use my brakes that hard and I dont have any hydraulic fluid to boil.

Does anyone have a summary of pad performance/selection.
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Old 06-05-11, 05:09 AM   #2
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Some Shimano rotors are only for use with resin pads (organic) only, check your rotor it should be stamped on it if this applies.

Pad info:


initial bite - Organics can have a better initial bite then metallics.
fade - Organics fade quicker then metallics.
noise - Organics are generally quieter then metallics.
durability - Organics wear quicker then metallics.
contamination (removal) - Alcohol should be used to clean the pads and rotor, with metallic pads you can also heat them up or burn them to get rid of contaminants as long as they haven't been too badly contaminated. Pads that have been badly contaminated should be replaced.
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Old 06-05-11, 05:42 AM   #3
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If you liked the pads which you were using, get the same, if you want aftermarket, get some Superstar or Aztec, they will be a quarter of the price

For the ride type you are describing that you are doing, commuting? your bike sounds like a hybrid not an MTB, you really don't need to worry about the performance factors you are listing, these come into play with high speed decents, not on a gentle rolling terrain that an 'all-weather urban bike' will see.

To get good performance with any pad, these will need to be beded in before use, this will have a major impact on performance.
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