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Old 06-10-19, 11:26 AM
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Disc brake pad durability

Just a simple question:
How far do your disc brake pads last?

I am pretty much an uphill/ downhill rider and my pads are getting pretty thin at 200 km.

Who are the longer lasting brake pad producers? Without giving up braking power.

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Old 06-10-19, 11:27 AM
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Sorry, forgot to mention, Resin pads
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Use sintered , not resin. Add in rider weight, conditions, mud, dust, and how much you use the brakes for variables.
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and, logically, a 4 piston brake has a longer pad , so more friction surface , than a 2 piston caliper ..
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Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
Use sintered , not resin. Add in rider weight, conditions, mud, dust, and how much you use the brakes for variables.
I am 230lbs, road conditions are normal off road, not much mud. Just a lot of downhill.

Discs say "Resin Only", so, what will happen if I use sintered?
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Originally Posted by MarcusT View Post
I am 230lbs, road conditions are normal off road, not much mud. Just a lot of downhill.

Discs say "Resin Only", so, what will happen if I use sintered?
It will make more noise, have less modulation, and work better under wet conditions.

I blow through mine pretty quickly, it is of any consolation.
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Sintered pads are more expensive and put more wear on the rotor, even on rotors rated for them. so not a way to save $. Where they shine is fade resistance on long descents, not on saving cost.

Dragging brakes also will wear them more everything else being equal. And other general conditions and riding styles. YMMV.
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Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
Sintered pads are more expensive and put more wear on the rotor, even on rotors rated for them. so not a way to save $. Where they shine is fade resistance on long descents, not on saving cost.

Dragging brakes also will wear them more everything else being equal. And other general conditions and riding styles. YMMV.
More expensive than replacing resin ones? Not. Never worn out a rotor, ever. 235 lb bikepacker and mt biker.
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Originally Posted by MarcusT View Post
I am 230lbs, road conditions are normal off road, not much mud. Just a lot of downhill.

Discs say "Resin Only", so, what will happen if I use sintered?
Pics of set up, make and brand of brakes? Rotor size?
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Discs say "Resin Only", so, what will happen if I use sintered?
It will explode.
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Discs say "Resin Only" ..

so? fit new disc rotors too..
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Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
More expensive than replacing resin ones? Not. Never worn out a rotor, ever. 235 lb bikepacker and mt biker.
Same manufacturer and quality level, yes metallic pads will cost more. Maybe they last equally longer, don't know. In my case it was between $5 and $25 for same manufacturer and I didn't want to try that out.

For that reason I once tried off brand metallic pads, but they squeal whenever the rotor is wet. Not sure if the $25 brandname wouldn't swueal when wet, but I didn't want to pay to find out.

YMMV.
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How will they cost more if the resin ones only last 200K? Would need to replace them more often, yes? Off brand, well there is your answer. Yikes.
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Originally Posted by MarcusT View Post
Just a simple question:
How far do your disc brake pads last?

I am pretty much an uphill/ downhill rider and my pads are getting pretty thin at 200 km.

Who are the longer lasting brake pad producers? Without giving up braking power.

Thanks
which brakes and bike? when you say downhill, you mean lift assist right?
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Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
More expensive than replacing resin ones? Not. Never worn out a rotor, ever. 235 lb bikepacker and mt biker.
I've worn a few down to where the braking felt wavy. Seen this more with older hydros, the new brakes do a much better job spreading the heat. Perhaps that's a reason for the better wear.
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Old 06-11-19, 10:12 PM
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The bike is new, so I am going to stick with original spec. The price for resin pads is cheap enough where I don't mind changing them out every couple months.
I was hoping to hear about after market brands like Kool Stop or Clark's for a longer life.
Maybe when the rotors wear out, I'll switch sintered /metal.

Thanks for input
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