How Do I Choose The Right Brake Pads?

June 1, 2021
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While not as controversial a topic as “What oil should I put in my bike?” the question of what brake pads to use will still draw up tons of varying opinions from every corner of the internet. Yes, we know we’re another corner of the internet, but this post isn’t here to tell you which pads to put in your motorcycle. Instead, we’re here to inform you about the different options you have and why they are the way they are. Knowledge is power, and if you’re informed on your options, then you can make the right choice for your needs.

If you want to take a deep dive into the details of brake pads, the specific formulas and ingredients used to make them, coefficients of friction, and the chemistry behind their performance, look elsewhere. There is a fair bit of literature from reputable sources that can explain all of these things much better than we can. Here, we’ll go over the three most common types of pads, give a brief overview of what they are, then give the pros and cons of each. This should get you started on your journey towards picking the right pads for your application.

In general, brake pads, like other consumables on your bike, present a compromise. Longevity, performance, and feel are but a few of the factors to consider. So, without further ado, let’s get into it. First up…

Organic brake pads use friction material comprised of, well, organic material. We’re talking carbon-based components (like glass), ceramic pieces, and other fibers. Essentially, things that come from the earth. After being formed with pressure, an adhesive pairs the organic friction material to the backing plate.

When used on stainless steel rotors, which the vast majority of motorcycles come equipped with from the factory, organic pads tend to have a soft initial bite and less overall performance than sintered or semi-sintered pads (more on those in a minute). Because organic pads typically have less performance, users tend to apply more brake pressure to compensate (a generalization, of course), which is one reason organic pads tend to produce more brake dust. Also, wet or cold conditions can prove challenging for some organic brake pads, though too much heat is also a detriment to organic pads.

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