Strengths: This is for the V-brake/canti pads as pictured, NOT disc pads. Cheap(ish), easier to find than Kool-Stop, much less squealy than Kool-Stop salmons, really excellent wet braking (they even work well in snow), reasonably rim-friendly because they don't embed chips of aluminium or grit as easily as some.
Weaknesses: Wear out quickly in the wet compared to Kool-Stop salmons. They make plenty of mess (pad material and aluminium sludge from the rims), so avoid if you have amber-walled tyres.
I've tried most pads (except the overpriced Swisstop) and settled on these. Kool-Stop salmons have some advantages but squeal like pigs on honeymoon.
Similar Products Used: Kool-Stop, Clarks, Tektro, Shimano.
Bike Setup: Fixed-gear MTB for all-weather commuting.
Date Reviewed: May 15, 2007
Strengths: cheap, work fine
I am reviewing the Aztec disc pads. I don't know what to make of the reviews. I think they're fricking great. Half the price of the Hayes replacements. I am halfway through a season of about 30 mtb races. These pads, and other brands I have tried, have seen all kinds of conditions. In the mud and wet it's typical to go through a set in a single race. These don't wear any slower or faster than others. Break in was quick and howl free, they don't howl at all in any conditions, they don't fade as bad as others I have tried. No complaints.
a Cross Country Rider
from Saskatoon, SK
Date Reviewed: July 22, 2004
Weaknesses: They wore out in 3 months of primarily commuting! Man do they howl! They have been noisy since the start despite adjustments. It doesn't seem to matter - wet, dry, dirty, or clean - they howl. We're not talking a little squeak either but an air-horn blast howl. They have little stopping power when dry let alone wet.
These brakes were presented by the LBS as a cost-effective alternative to some of the more expensive options. I put up with them for 3 months of poor performance until they were sufficiently worn out to warrant replacing them. In retrospect, I should've taken them back ASAP but I thought they would get better somehow.
Similar Products Used: Koolstop, various others, Norco
Bike Setup: Cannondale cyclocross for cross country singletrack, 100+ km road rides, daily commute.
from Kodiak, AK
Date Reviewed: May 2, 2004
Strengths: Nothing. These things are very dangerous. Bed them in very carefully to see if they suffer catastrophic failure.
Weaknesses: Cannot withstand normal braking heat.
This review is for the Aztec (Delta) pads for Avid Mechs and Juicys (part #PB8300). They suffered total failure during bedding in. Almost all the material scraped off the metal carrier within 1 mile. Check the brakes board on this site for pics and a description (paste address into browser if it does not show as a link): http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?p=160259#post160259
Aztec had better pray that no lawyer buys these pads.
Similar Products Used: Avid ACP, UCP, B3, B4, C4, and EBC Gold
Bike Setup: Turner XCE and 5-Spot, Avid Mechs and Juicys
a Weekend Warrior
from san diego
Date Reviewed: September 30, 2003
Weaknesses: I rode one run with brand new pads at mammoth when they gave way. Half way down the first run they were gone and I was going about 50mph down kamikazi run into a turn. The pads were down to metal on metal. I have nothing good to say about them. DO NOT BUY THESE PADS, THEY WILL KILL YOU!
Your risking your life with these pads. DO NOT BUY THEM!
Favorite Trail: lots of them probably porcupine rim
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Purchased At: came with a tune-up for free.
Similar Products Used: ride my brothers hydraulic disks some times
Bike Setup: specialized hardrock with rhyno lite rims, deore derauilers, shimano hubs, judy tt, crappy pedals.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: February 17, 2003
Here's the deal. I bought these along with a pair of Eagle 2's. I put the Aztec's on the back, and after less than 10 miles of aggressive trail riding in wet, muddy conditions they were gone! Warn past the wear bars! The smell of burning rubber was discuraging. Then I was without rear breaks for the last 5 miles! I am a 200lb rider that values the ablity to stop within a reasonable distance. And I am tipically much harder on the front break than the rear. But at least I had the Eagle's up front. They showed only minimal wear and did most of the work. So if you are trying to save a few bucks like I was, forget it! Buy the Kool Stop Eagle's. They are a much better value. I wish I could give the Aztec's less than 1.
Similar Products Used: SHIMANO , CHEAP PYRAMID LASTING BETTER
a Weekend Warrior
from Concord, CA, US
Date Reviewed: November 20, 2001
Strengths: Smooth, cheap
Weaknesses: Noisy in the beginning
I've replaced worn factory pads on my 99 Trek 7500 with Aztec x2 pads and the difference is quite nice. Breaking distance is shorter and overall breaking is smoother. There was a lot of noice during the first few days from the rear pads, but it was gone soon. I've sanded the front pads a little with fine sandpaper and I haven't noticed any sounds from them.
I don't have experience with this so hopefully someone can chime in. I mostly bike in regular shorts. I've noticed some pads have a thigh strap, some don't - what happens to the knee pad if it's not strapped down and I'm wearing shorts? Do they just flop all over the place? Anything else to consid ... Read More »
anyone have the Demon Hyper Knee X D30 Knee pads? are they comfortable? are they low profile?
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Not sure if its the shorts, saddle or just part of getting old, but in the last few years my B-hole has been bothering me. Last night I rode 22miles in an old pair of knickers that have a thinner pad than my fancy PI elites and my anus is much less irritated.
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Hey, so I thought that replacing the pads on my Elixir 5 brakes would be an easy job, but I just can't seem to push the pistons back far enough to get enough space between the pads. I'm using a big screwdriver to wedge the old pads apart just like the pinkbike video says. Maybe I need to get into ... Read More »