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How Do Cycle Disc Brake Pads Work?

A disc brake is a type of break that can be divided into different categories: mechanical and hydraulic actuated brakes. A mechanical disc brake uses mechanical elements to create friction in order to stop or slow the shafts. When it’s installed into bicycles, the lever becomes activated. The disc brake pad will be against a disc or rotor and will then create friction. On the other hand, a hydraulic disc brake is a closed braking system. This means that it involves hoses and reservoirs that all contain hydraulic fluid. The fluid is pushed out after the lever is pulled, passing into the caliper where the pads are pushed onto the disc. As a result of this, the bike is slowed down. The majority of disc brake models need brake pads that are specifically designed for them. When you are purchasing replacement pads, you need to know the model of the brake to make sure that it’s compatible. Next, search for the type of braking surface that best suits your riding style.

How Do You Choose the Right Bike Disc Brake Pads?

Regardless of what type of bicycle brake you may have, you will still need a cycle disc brake pad to ensure that your brake will work perfectly at all times. Before purchasing brake pads, consider what your bicycle is used for, whether that is daily commuting, mountain bike racing, or heavy riding. After a time, brake pads wear down and must be replaced. Upgrading to a pad that caters to your riding style and trail conditions can improve braking, increase overall bike control, and extend the pads' longevity. Another important factor that is worth considering is the weather. It's essential to choose a wet-weather brake that can still function efficiently while you are riding your bike in rainy weather.

Types and Materials

The backplate and braking surface are both made with different materials. Backplates are made with the following: steel, aluminum, or copper. The braking surface is made of either one of these pad materials: organic, semi-metallic, or sintered metallic material. Each of them offers their own distinct features, and there is no perfect pad for every single condition that you will face. Organic pads provide great braking in dry conditions, are relatively cheaper, break in quickly, and have the least amount of noise and vibration. Despite their impressive characteristics, organic pads have a short lifespan and are not the best option for wet weather. Sintered metallic pads are manufactured to increase braking power as well as durability. They are the best for high speeds and wet weather and last the longest. But they also need the longest break-in time, make the most noise and vibration, and are the most costly. Semi-metallic pads are made of both metal and organic material. For that reason, they have characteristics that are in between the previous two pads while being similarly priced.

Sizes

Brake pads come in as many sizes. Pads are made for the purpose of fitting a specific type of brake and can also be easily installed. Brake manufacturers also offer replacement pads for their products and there are even companies that have expertise in aftermarket brake pads.

Sendit Gear offers a huge selection of great quality bike pads for clients. We have different types of brake pads because we prioritize our rider’s safety and comfort as well as high-performance braking. Check out our products below!