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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-07-2008, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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So it looks as if I need new brake pads. Any suggestions on brands and where to get new ones? Thanks again.

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I got the green Kevlar ones from Cyclebrakes.com. Customer service was fantastic.
EDIT - DUH! And they work great. Unfortunately I also upgraded to stainless brake lines at the same time so no comparo between the new pads and how it stopped before.

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EBC FA85 organic pads, very good pads for the front and rear
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I'll cast my vote for the EBC organic pads...good value and quality. got mine from Denniskirk.com

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I'd also vote for the EBC organic...(I don't think you should use Kevlar pads on the front...can't remember the reason though..)


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I believe it was because if you seat them incorrectly you could seriously fark up your rotors. I was very gentle....

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..I don't think you should use Kevlar pads on the front...can't remember the reason though..)
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OK...Strike that..I just remembered the "deal" here.

You should only use Kevlar/composite/ceramic/organic pads in front if you also use them on the rear.

What you do not want to do is use sintered/metal pads on the rear and organic (kevlar -composite) pads on the front.

Considering the fact that we have duel discs (stainless ones) and a drum on the rear...not a big issue , but I would not use sintered metal pads on the front anyway..given the amount of folks wiping out by locking the front tire...

Organic and Kevlar are simular here...so is ceramic...Metal pads have metal in them..(duh) and are more prone to overheating. They tend not to give as progressive a feel as the organic pads...

Sorry for my brain freeze on this...

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You dont need any high end brake pads. Your riding a small cruiser, not a race bike.
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You dont need any high end brake pads. Your riding a small cruiser, not a race bike.
I'd have to qualify that by saying it is not the price of the pad, but it's intended use.

Brake pads for racing are designed to work better AFTER they get real hot. On a track this is a good thing...on the street a bad thing. So do not buy "racing" pads or "high performance motorcycle" pads as these are not intended for casual street riding, and can actualy give poorer performance in your bike than the "standard" pads.


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