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Brake Better: Your Guide to Pad Compounds

Brake Better: Your Guide to Pad Compounds

There are two main compounds of brake pads that you'll come across on the market, organic(resin) pads, or metallic(sintered) pads. The main benefits that organic pads have is that they are easier/quicker to bed in, and they tend to be quieter than metallic pads. Metallic pads on the other hand, have the advantages of performing better in wet weather conditions, as well as tending to be more powerful than organic pads.

With all positives, there are always negatives. While organic pads are made up of a softer material than metallic pads, they can consequently glaze over more easily when experiencing high heat, and also have a tendency to wear out more quickly. Metallic pads have downsides too! While they are more resistant to heat, most of this heat then gets transferred into the calipers, heating up brake fluid. Another drawback to metallic pads that affects some riders more than others is that they can be louder than organic pads when faced with wet conditions.

Got more questions about what brake pads are right for you? Come see us! Our experienced mechanics are happy to help determine what compound best fits with your riding style in order to give you the ultimate experience on your bike.


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