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Old 12-04-14, 03:50 PM
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Brake Pads for Disc Brakes

Just a question when getting new brake pads for Disc Brakes,
do i have to get the exact same type? or could a similar shape pad etc work as well.

I have Disc brakes , hydraulic, on my Rocky Mountain Element?

pads says 034D

is that only type of pad that would work? or can i get similar looking types? thanks
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Old 12-04-14, 04:08 PM
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Pads are specific to brake model you have. So you do need to get the exact pads made for your brake set. Do not go with what looks similar cause they may not work.

What brake set do you have?
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The only variable you have have is the pad material, as #Ravenhog notes, pad designs are specific to calipers.

For pad material, you have 2 main choices of material, resin (normally the stock pad) or metal (sintered) in addition there are also pads with Kevlar and other materials available.

For your bike, given the Rocky Mountain Element name has been used for 20ish years, you need to be really specific with which discs/calipers are fitted to your bike.
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Kool Stop sells Disc Brake Pads, too.. Thats my BB7 replacement .. [label says Taiwan, so who actually makes them is a Mystery.]
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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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pretty much the same constraints imposed on you when buying disc brake pads for your automobile.
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Yes my pads say
034D on each side

Shimano BR-M445 Hydraulic Disc 160mm

have the 2 holes on the stem of the shoes

anyone know an online source i can order from?

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Originally Posted by CanadianBiker32 View Post
Shimano BR-M445
Pads for those brakes are very easy to find.

Shimano B01S resin pads and Shimano E01S metal pads will fit your brake.

* Some Shimano rotors are made for 'resin pads only'.


There's plenty of other brands that make good pads for Shimano brakes too.


The following brake models all use the same shape pads.

BR-M375, BR-M415, BR-M416, BR-M445, BR-M446, BR-M465, BR-M475, BR-M485, BR-M486, BR-M495, BR-M515, BR-M525, BR-M575.

Find a pad that's listed for use with any of those models and it will fit your brake.
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How about these

Shimano B01S Resin Disc Brake Pad > Components > Brakes > Brake Pads | Jenson USA
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the pads i presently have - have the 2 holes and not one, like the brands listed, would those listed here still fit?
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if they , once removed, look the same, they are interchangeable spare parts .. its that simple.
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Brakes are Formula RX
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Ask them? Formula Google is so Much Work is it?
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Originally Posted by CanadianBiker32 View Post
Yes my pads say
034D on each side

Shimano BR-M445 Hydraulic Disc 160mm

have the 2 holes on the stem of the shoes

anyone know an online source i can order from?
Originally Posted by CanadianBiker32 View Post
Brakes are Formula RX
How does a Shimano BR-M445 turn into a Formula RX ?
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