EBC Brakes Red Brake Pad

3.3/5 (23 Reviews)


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Product Description

Downhill Formula:

EBC provides a Red-coded Kevlar-based pad, which has a shorter lifetime , but the highest friction pad material available. It also has the benefit of a very low heat generation transfer into the hydraulics.



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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by octronitation a Downhiller from Okehampton, Devon, UK

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2011

Strengths:    EBC

Weaknesses:    Feel apart within a couple minutes

Bottom Line:   
I got my LBS to order these in for me as I've always used ebc pads on my motorbikes and loved them.
I replaced the pads in the shop, went for a quick blast around town. Within minutes they were making a horrible noise. Checked the pads, there were only a few tiny clumps of meat left on the pads. Back to the shop, replaced them straight away with another set of reds. The same thing happened with these.
Granted this was about 5 ago now, my LBS has sold a few pairs since them, and the same thing has happened.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   moorcycles

Similar Products Used:   Hope

Bike Setup:   Cove Peeler, Shivers, d321 on hope bulbs, goodridged mono m4s, diablous cranks, sram x9, e13, answer protapers

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Stan Chang a Cross Country Rider from Christchurch, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2007

Strengths:    For the latest generation of EBC RED Stuff produced in 2007 with different compunds is alot better and reliable than the old generation in few years ago. Better Stopping power when warm-up compare with Factory Stock Pads. Very little dust. No noise has been heared yet.

Weaknesses:    Requires a Warm-Up, when cold the stopping power is not as good as the factory stock pads.

Bottom Line:   
If you are buying the EBC Red Stuff, Make SURE you get the latest generation!!! as the old generation of the Red Stuff squeals loud and wears fast also dust badly :(
But the latest generation is very good ;) low dust and last alot longer and longer rotor life + has not heared noise from it yet my-self.

It's not suggest for those who lives in a very cold country to buy this pads as they requires a warm-up to stop better. Even in New Zealand it requires about 1 min of warm up time, other-wise the stopping power seems to be less than the factory stock pads :(

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $170.00

Purchased At:   AutoPassion

Similar Products Used:   Bendix


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian-cdn a Weekend Warrior from Calgary, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2007

Strengths:    more grip on long downhills

Weaknesses:    A bit grabby after a day of DH, but other pads seem to do it too.

Bottom Line:   
They stop better than the Hayes sintered, semi-metallic, and Koolstop pads. I just install them for ski hill trips, and run the Hayes or Koolstop pads the rest of the time, so no issues with wear.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Bikeroom (!!!)

Similar Products Used:   Hayes, Formula, Koolstop, EBC Golds

Bike Setup:   PlanetX Ridgeback with Hayes Mags

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by K-dog a Racer from Glenwood, NY

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2006

Strengths:    Increase power and modulation from stock pads. There is no better pad out there.

Weaknesses:    Wear fast, always out of stock at distributors

Bottom Line:   
If you are a racer and want to squeeze every millisecond off your time these pads are for you. They are also a great upgrade if you need more braking power but don't want to buy new brakes.
They wear very fast and would not use them for Freeride. Dry XC I think you could get a half season out of them.
I tend to use one pair during a race weekend, 15-20 DH runs

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Favorite Trail:   Whiteface

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   QBP

Similar Products Used:   Kool top, Clarks, Avid, Hayes, jagwire

Bike Setup:   Haro .357 magnum, sram all the way Cane Creek Double barrel.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by adamo oak a Cross Country Rider from Warsaw

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2006

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Everything. It was the worst brake pads I have ever had

Bottom Line:   
I bought this pads about 2 days ago. After 5km!!!!! riding one of pads disapeard!! At first I didn't know what is going on, but after remove pads form caliper I saw what's happened. One of pads was totaly destroyed.

If you want to buy a new pads don't buy EBC pads!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $21.00

Purchased At:   EBC Shop

Similar Products Used:   Kool Stop, Jagwire

Bike Setup:   Merida/XTR/DT Swiss/Mavic/Formula

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dion a Cross Country Rider from Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2006

Strengths:    Intial Good Modulation and Braking Power.. Until the Pad destroyed itself in less than 6 hours riding

Weaknesses:    Pad Quality

Bottom Line:   
Decent performance for the for about an hour of riding before the one of the pads destroyed itself and left me with virtually no front brake, damager caliper and rotor.

Would not recommend these for either cross country or downhill regardless of how often they are replaced as if the pad destroys itself in the manner it did in my case then there could be serious health implications if it happens when you need to stop in a hurry!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Internet

Similar Products Used:   Hayes, Alligator

Bike Setup:   Specialized Epic, XT, RaceFace, Marzocchi, Mavic, Hayes

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by void a Downhiller from Riga, Latvia

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2006

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Soft lever feel
less power compared to stock pads


Bottom Line:   
Hayes original pads are way to go.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $21.00

Purchased At:   Morzine

Similar Products Used:   Hayes HFX-Mag stock

Bike Setup:   VP-Free, Boxxer ...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by chris a Cross Country Rider from canada

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2006

Strengths:    excellent power and modulation
little fade


Weaknesses:    noiser than stock pads

Bottom Line:   
Loved these pads. I ride about 8 hours per week min during the summer and the occasional winter ride and they lasted one full season as a front brake. I even did a 24 hour race in the wet where i rode for 6 hours and they still lasted. I am fairly light though at 155 lbs. I admit they give a lot of dust and are a bit noisy but they stop in all conditions. They did not fade at all in the downhill sections i have rode on my bike. I am currently replacing them with the same front and rear and would reccomend these to anyone who is light.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   local srore

Similar Products Used:   kool stop, stock shimano

Bike Setup:   rmb element team

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Pete a Downhiller from Toronto

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2005

Strengths:    None. Absolutely none.

Weaknesses:    I almost died using them.

Bottom Line:   
These pads lasted about 10 DH runs before they disintegrated into nothing while on a fast DH run through an intermediate course. No rear brake. Hard left turn. Bailed. Lots of injuries and internal bleeding. I keep the scored remnants of the pads taped inside of my toolbox to remind me why to never use anything but stock pads.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Similar Products Used:   Stock Hayes sintered and fully metalic, koolstop, avids, etc.


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by RandyP a Cross Country Rider from Irvine CA

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2004

Strengths:    These pads are real POS

Weaknesses:    50% worn out after one 25 mile XC race.

Bottom Line:   
The worst pads I have ever owned. I bought them to replace EBC Gold which howled worse than the stock Avid pads. After bedding them in last week and being fairly pleased with their performance, I raced with them today. Bad move. On the first downhill, it felt like my cable was slipping. The lever plain went to the bar. It was the pad scrubbing away. I had to dismount 3x during the race to readjust my brakes.

I am not real heavy (170 lbs) and the DH was only 0.1 mile so how coiuld they go away so fast? I'm going back to Avids and will put up with the howl. At least the Avid pads lasted me 600 miles. These won't go 100. They claim these pads are designed for DH racing? Maybe a DH racer would like them if they never use the brakes.

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Favorite Trail:   San Juan Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Beyond Bikes

Similar Products Used:   EBC Gold, OEM Avid

Bike Setup:   SC Blur Avid mechanicals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Big Smiley a Cross Country Rider from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2004

Strengths:    Impressive power compared to stock hayes pads. Very little burnish time.Lever feel to me, is somewhat softer than stock which i like. Good modulation after the impressive bite.

Weaknesses:    Wear rate is much faster than stock pads, but is to be expected of a compound that gives you more power.
Supplied retaining clips were much weaker than those supplied with the stock pads. So much so that i could freely pull the pads in and out without any resistance. Just make sure they stay in, swap the clips or give them a gentle bend.


Bottom Line:   
For those looking for more power out of their brakes. A must have. Are a little more expensive than stock but you can look around for a good deal. Note: Wear rate is much faster than stock and lever feel is also a little softer too.
4 chillies for value - they do perform as advertised.
Overall rating is 5 chillies - you can't expect to have anything for free i guess..

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Favorite Trail:   always finding another one!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Stock hayes pads

Bike Setup:   EBC reds front. Stock hayes back.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from Jechon, Korea

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2003

Strengths:    Good bite, power, and feel.

Weaknesses:    Wears super fast.

Bottom Line:   
I was pretty happy with the extra bite, but noticed a lot of black residue on the calipers after rides, and I don't ride that long or hard. Then, after only 200 miles, I heard a nasty scraping sound. One pad was already down to the metal. The OEM pads on the rear have gone over 500 miles, and still have 30% left. I had already ordered some Kool Stop red pads to try, and will keep a close eye on them, but I'm thinking I'll just stay with Shimano pads after this. I can't afford 10 cents/mile for braking.

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Favorite Trail:   Haso-ri

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT, Kool Stop.

Bike Setup:   2002 Giant AC Team, Shimano XT hydraulic brakes with 8" A2Z rotor in front.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TEThot a Cross Country Rider from Exeter NH

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2003

Strengths:    super high friction good modulation

Weaknesses:    wear

Bottom Line:   
Buy these pads that make this system great instead of ok. Bleed you lines, air in any system will make it suck for stopping power!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Fort Rock

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $17.00

Similar Products Used:   coda semimetallic

Bike Setup:   Jekyll 1000 coda expert disc brakes

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Brad Robinson a Weekend Warrior from Miss, On Can

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2003

Strengths:    Defintae incresed stopping power

Weaknesses:    Pulsation and chattering on mid to extreme breaking

Bottom Line:   
Likewise the review posted by Chris below. I have the reds, and the same thing, heavy pulsation under mid to extreme breaking. I too also have the Shimano XT disks, which under original pads are smooth as silk regardless of break load (Granted less power). I suspect that the 4 piston design on the XT’s might be the root of the problem.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   v breaks

Bike Setup:   Specilaized Full suspension X-contry with Shimano XT disks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob Cooper a Cross Country Rider from Westminster

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2003

Strengths:    Great stopping power, don't fade.

Weaknesses:    Wear quicker than others? slight pulsation, maybe harder on rotors.

Bottom Line:   
While I have only had these on my bike for 3 months, they don't seem to be wearing as fast as everyone else says. I am a pretty light rider, (160#) so maybe that is part of it. I am using the red pads in the front and green pads in the rear. Bottom line if you need the best stopping power, these are the pads! They sound like the pads are metal on metal with the rotor, but braking is instant however modulation is still good. For $17 I would recommend these to anyone looking for awesome braking power with no fade!

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Favorite Trail:   Chutes

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $17.00

Purchased At:   Beyondbikes

Similar Products Used:   Avid upc

Bike Setup:   01' Diamondback XSL Race, XTR/XT, Cloud 9, Avid mechanical disc, etc.

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