Mountain Equipment Co-op V-Brake Pad Brake Pad

4.11/5 (19 Reviews)
MSRP : $4.00


Product Description

Mountain Equipment Co-op MEC V-Brake Pad


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by darkmother a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2010

Strengths:    Good stopping power.
Low cost.
Maintain stopping power well in wet conditions and at low temperature.


Weaknesses:    Wear extremely quickly.
Become embedded with grit and cause rapid rim wear.


Bottom Line:   
These pads were a favourite of mine for some time-until I realized how frequently I had to replace them. They are half the cost of kool stop pads, but wear out much more than twice as fast. They also wear your rim brake surface more quickly than any pad I have ever used-the pad surface quickly becomes loaded with abrasive grit, effectively machining aluminum off your expensive rims every time you brake. Not a good cost/benefit relationship for me.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $4.00

Purchased At:   MEC

Similar Products Used:   Many different brands

Bike Setup:   Lots of bikes.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hank Jien a Cross Country Rider from Surrey, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2006

Strengths:    -stops well
-cheap
-lasts quite a while


Weaknesses:    -squeaks very often

Bottom Line:   
They stop very well but squeaks even when the weather is good. I think that MEC changes their suppliers quite often, so the older ones don't squeak. These are definitely worth it for the price. Norco house brand pads are the exact same and they sell for almost 2 times more expensive! Do not buy it if you don't like to hear constant squeaking noises.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $3.00

Purchased At:   MEC

Similar Products Used:   -Yehstar cantilever and V-brake pads
-Tektro stock
-Avid stock (Kool Stop)
-Shimano stock pads


Bike Setup:   Aluminum Hardtail, Z2 X fly, X.9 drivetrain, Truvativ Firex Cranks, Alex EST 19 rims laced to Formula cartridge bearing hubs

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mike from Gatineau, QC, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2006

Strengths:    Price

Weaknesses:    Lots of squealing.

Bottom Line:   
It's too bad it squeals so much. tryed everything I could to stop the squeal. No luck....

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2.00

Purchased At:   MEC Ottawa


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Grover a Cross Country Rider from Saskatoon, CANADA

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2004

Strengths:    A soft compound easy on the rims, and stopping is pretty good. GREAT product fot the price, easy to modulate, and all from a great CANADIAN outdoor gear store (shameless MEC plug)

Weaknesses:    HOWWWWWWLLLLLL when even a little damp...and this is after playing with them every time it rains out. My bro couldn't use them, because of clearence issues.

Bottom Line:   
Buy these pads. I have the one-piece product, and I suspect the cartridge pads stop just as good and give a little more clearence. For sheer bang-for-the-buck, these pads rock!!! If you're on a budget (and who isn't) these are a great way to save a lot of money (cheap pad, less rim wear!) or need a good stopper without turning your brakes into on/off switches, these are for you! I do like my JAGwires better, but I paid a lot more for the tri-compund, and will review them at a later date

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Favorite Trail:   QE2

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   my bro's garage

Similar Products Used:   JAGwire, KOOLSTOP, factory crap

Bike Setup:   Trek 4500, misc goodies

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mo a Weekend Warrior from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2004

Strengths:    Fantastic Product, just like all the MEC gear! Great in wet, but I can't say much about wear, I've only had then in one month; they do seem to have a little more wear than I would expect (probably 30 hours of city street use on them so far)

Weaknesses:    Can't think of a single one.

Bottom Line:   
Can't think of anyone who should not buy this product! Worst case scenario, for a racer, they last you only a couple of races.... THEY COST $5.00 Canadian (approx. $3.00USD)!!! As long as you know how to adjust your brake system *cough* Jason from TO *cough* these are AMAZING!!! But to be fair to Jason, yes, they are a touch thick and "should" be more easily to install. HOWEVER, if that's the one cost of having such a cheap and amazing product, sign me up every time. Now, where did I put my metic allen keys...

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Favorite Trail:   McCarthy Park Ottawa - Not exactly technically challenging, but relaxing and fun!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3.00

Purchased At:   MEC Ottawa

Similar Products Used:   Shimano V-brake pads, Koolstop pads...

Bike Setup:   99 Specialized Rockhopper, new casette, spd petals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gord L. a Weekend Warrior from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2002

Strengths:    They are cheap and have crazy stoping power.

Weaknesses:    The pads wear very quickly.

Bottom Line:   
If you swap pads before a race they keep this as your wet brake set. They don't wear badly in wet muddy conditions, but if it's dry out... keep a few pads with you. These pads are also awesome in the snow!

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Favorite Trail:   Anything that makes me scream in terror.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2.00

Purchased At:   MEC Ottawa

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, Trace

Bike Setup:   2002 Rockhopper FS, stock with M515

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg a Cross Country Rider from Montreal Canada

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2002

Strengths:    inexpensive,
excellent braking even in the wet


Weaknesses:    do not but the "full" pad (pad and screw assembly)
instead, get the MEC two-piece one: metal holder and re-fill type pad.


Bottom Line:   
They work well and they're cheap.

Get the ones you can refill, they work well and they're not as hard as koolstop on your rims.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2.00

Purchased At:   MEC mail order

Similar Products Used:   kool-stop, koski, jagwire pads

Bike Setup:   v-brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Baube a Weekend Warrior from Baie-Comeau

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2002

Strengths:    excellent in all condition, very long to wear and they stay always excellent.better braking power than kool-stop and shimano.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
worth the price

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   spin sport

Similar Products Used:   shimano and kool-stop


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Uncle Mike a Weekend Warrior from Ottawa, Ontario

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2002

Strengths:    Dirt Cheap - new pins included

Weaknesses:    Nothing worth mentioning

Bottom Line:   
These are a great general pads.
With 2000 being a wet season, we went through many sets of pads, and for the $$ these just can't be beat.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Local MEC

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT, XTR, Kool Stops (various models), etc...

Bike Setup:   Intense Tracer, Manitou, XTR Brakes and drive, RaceFace, Chris King, ...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom a Cross Country Rider from Sapporo, Japan

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2002

Strengths:    Stop the bike better than anything I've ever used in winter and They stop the bike like its nobodys business. And of course the oft mentioned CHEAP.

Weaknesses:    Will comment on that when I find it.

Bottom Line:   
I dont usually place a review with only a month of riding but these brake pads are stopping me like crazy in the cold&dry cold&wet where other brake pads didn't stop me. The pads are thick but they fit. More importantly they perform in the various snow conditions some of you may have to ride thru yourselves.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3.00

Purchased At:   mec.ca

Similar Products Used:   Shimano V pads, WTB(dual compound), Japanese Mama Chari Brake Pads

Bike Setup:   C'dale H'tail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hmm ha a Cross Country Rider from victoria bc CANADA

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2002

Strengths:    cheap, cheap, and cheap. The cartridge/holder setups are $8, still only half the price of a pair of koolstops. using these avoids the too-thick problem of the regular MEC pads. change your pads all the time, they're so cheap, and your rims will love you.

Weaknesses:    the thickness of the regular pads was a little toward the ridiculous end of things... tough to make 'em fit with parallel-push LX v-brakes.

Bottom Line:   
I've never been that impressed with koolstops; really, rim brakes in general leave me wanting discs. but I have v's, so might as well spare the rim a bit with these softer pads, change 'em lots, save a few bucks to get some avid mechanical discs someday.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2.00

Purchased At:   MEC

Similar Products Used:   koolstops, shimano stock whatevers, xtr's

Bike Setup:   giant atx 870, stock lx & xt with custom scratches and dings.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ace Lee a Weekend Warrior from Korea

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2001

Strengths:    no brainer cheap
wears fast but wears tires(stops in no time and even skid)


Weaknesses:    wears my tires....no other weakness

Bottom Line:   
Perfect!
oh yeah!~~it's a bit soft but easy on the rims...

anyways hey! what are u waiting for? buy one right now
they are so cheap so even if you don't like it?

just throw it away who cares it's so cheap...

but i bet you'll like it....

hey~ i don't work for MEC

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Favorite Trail:   watershed

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $2.00

Purchased At:   MEC DUH! What do u think?

Similar Products Used:   promax crap, koolstop


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tippy a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, B.C.

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2000

Strengths:    CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP,MEC stands behind them,no squealing.

Weaknesses:    Wear a little fast.

Bottom Line:   
So they wear a little fast, they are CHEAP. MEC always offers a quality product. Haven't had any squealing, good in the wet, easy on the rims. Not too much rim residue, handle the mud well, Overall, 4 chilli's cause they wear a LITTLE fast.

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Favorite Trail:   Whistler

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2.00

Purchased At:   MEC

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, Kool-stop

Bike Setup:   Cannondale, Killer-V900HT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SGT ROCK a Racer from Drumheller, AB

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2000

Strengths:    Cheapest pad on the planet
Last better than Shimano
Grip better than Shimano


Weaknesses:    Thickness causes some mounting problems

Bottom Line:   
These are the best deal anywhere - something like 1/4 the price of the equivalent Shimano pad. Last forever in the dry, last better than Shimano in the wet, although no rim brake pad will last long in the wet (that's why I race with Hayes now). They are thicker than average, but they fit fine if you reverse the washers on your brake arms - put the thick washer on the outside, thin on the inside. Are you listening, Jason from T.O.?

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX V pads


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard from Vancouver, BC

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2000

Strengths:    Inexpensive. These are the cheapest V-Brake pads in the world.

Weaknesses:    Soft -- they wear quick (but then they're so cheap, who cares?). They are waaaay thicker than Koolstops or other V-Brake pads.

Bottom Line:   
If you're looking for cheap brake pads and these will fit your brakes without compromising braking power, you can't go wrong.

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Favorite Trail:   The one that leads home after a long day at work.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Koolstop, Shimano, Avid, Mathauser, Ritchey, etc.

Bike Setup:   I run these on my beater bike with cheap-o Dia-Compe V-Brakes (which require a think brake pad -- with Koolstops, I had to use washers as spacers).

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