WTB Gripmaster Pads Brake Pad

4.13/5 (32 Reviews)
MSRP : $54.00


Product Description

WTB Gripmaster Pads


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by someguy1 from Mission Viejo, CA

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2001

Strengths:    abrasive and soft compounds
immediate increase in stopping power
works better in wet conditions that my avid oems
cartridge--allow for easy pad exchange when they wear out



Weaknesses:    cost
you forget how well they stop until you use someone else's v's
wear out rim faster?


Bottom Line:   
This review is for the WTB DUAL COMPOUND brake pads. I have been using them exclusively for about 6 months and have not looked back once. They surprised me initially with their immediate improvement in stopping power. I forgot how well they worked until I rode another friend's bike. The abrasive compound on half of the pad does the job. One thing that I'm worried about with these pads is the possibility that they abrasive half will wear out my rims quicker. Regardless, the abrasive side really serves to stop better. Try em for yourself if you can afford them.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Similar Products Used:   98 shimano lx

Bike Setup:   '00 avid arch rival 40's

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by BS a Cross Country Rider from Silver Spring, MD

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2000

Strengths:    Stop well wet or dry

Weaknesses:    Squeal when wet even after toe-in.

Bottom Line:   
Still looking for pads that won't squeal when wet.

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Favorite Trail:   Shaffer Farm

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Shimano pads

Bike Setup:   VooDoo Zobop c 99 XT Vbrakes

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by e-one a Racer from Singapore

Date Reviewed: November 24, 1999

Strengths:    
GREAT Stopping Power in dry and even wet !
Cool loking !


Weaknesses:    
Makes black stains on my rims both in the wet and dry !
Ate up my UB Control thing on my rims !


Bottom Line:   
First I have LX Pads and they sucks. Then, I change them to Blue Kool-stops.
The kool-stops ate up my UB Control thing on my rims and make blake stains.
Then, I changed them to WTB brake pads. These pads are powerful but the tend to ate up my UB Control thing on my rims and make unnecessary black stains.
-1 for eating up my UB Control and -1 for making black stains.

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Favorite Trail:   
Tampines

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Blue Kool - stop
LX Pads


Bike Setup:   
1998 Trek BMX bike
Mavic Xx rims
LX Brake caliper
Shimano Deore XT V-Brake Cartridge Brake Shoe with WTB.

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Morten Trige a Cross-Country Rider from Arhus

Date Reviewed: September 28, 1999

Strengths:    
Durability. Stop ok when dry.


Weaknesses:    
Don't stop at all when they are wet.
They cost twice the price of kool stop and don't work as well


Bottom Line:   
They are good in dry conditions but when they get wet the stopping power i 1/3 of kool stops. I have the combined WTB brake pads.

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Favorite Trail:   
Danish championship trail 99

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Kool stop
Shimano XT LX


Bike Setup:   
GT Zaskar

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Cross-Country Rider from Atlanta, GA

Date Reviewed: July 31, 1999

Strengths:    
- Long lasting
- No break squeal
- Good stopping power


Weaknesses:    
- Pricey


Bottom Line:   
These pads are great. I recently changed rims, so I thought I would change break pads as well. I could not find the WTB pads (dual compound) locally, so I went with the Koolstops. This is when I realized the WTB are much better. The Koolstops are OK, but the WTB dual compound performance much better.The WTB pads last, provide very good breaking, and no squeal (even in wet/muddly conditions).My only complaint is they are pricey, but, you get what you pay for. Spend the extra $.

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
- Koolstops
- Shimano XTR


Bike Setup:   
- Kona Ku Custom
- XTR breaks
- Salsa break booster
- Sun 0D Lite rims

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by voodoo-1 a Cross-Country Rider from DC

Date Reviewed: July 19, 1999

Strengths:    
These seem to be the best pads out there, or of the ones I've used. Stop fast, don't appear to be wearing very fast, and no squeal!


Weaknesses:    
bit more expensive, but not that bad.


Bottom Line:   
Great pads. Not much more can be said. Stop when wet, stop when dry, stop when dusty/sandy.

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Favorite Trail:   
No favorite

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Shimano XTR, Kool Stop something or another, and Avid Rim Wranglers.


Bike Setup:   
Not necessary for this review.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Fernee a Weekend Warrior from Columbus OH

Date Reviewed: May 24, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I wore out the shimano XTR pads in a single wet ride. Obviously I wasn't too amused. I went in search of WTB Razor Blades Dual compound. These things work great. They stop as good as the S pads in the dry and after many wet rides, they show very little wear. I've bombed down a ski slope and the brakes only just started to fade, but not too much to be a concern. Basically these pads have been ridden hard and they still have a lot more to go. Brilliant, they have save me the expense of fitting disks.

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Favorite Trail:   
Channel 9 DH Brisbane Australia

Duration Product Used:   
3 months


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by jeff a Cross-Country Rider from Knoxville, TN

Date Reviewed: April 1, 1999

Strengths:    
modulation, grip, power, and feel


Weaknesses:    
none


Bottom Line:   
Only pads worth dealing with. No squeal, great feel. Dual-compound is worth the price. Try these before any other braking mods.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
xt, ritchie


Bike Setup:   
gt alum, xt group, judy

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Randy a Weekend Warrior from GF, North Dakota

Date Reviewed: March 18, 1999

Strengths:    
Pad life!!!!


Weaknesses:    
???None, really


Bottom Line:   
WTB Dual Compound V pads
I installed these pads in December 1998, and have used them through two winters and one season now on ceramic rims. They are still far from replacement, and going strong. I ride in mud, rain, snow, dust, and heat, and these are the best pad/rim/brake combo I've ever used (XTR Vs, WTB dual compound pads, and Mavic 517 ceramics). For compariseon, the stock XTR pads I use on my single speed with Ritchey rims & XT Vs have all but disappeared within a dozen 2 mile commutes to work this spring. UGGH!Other highlights are:
recyclable packaging
fairly decent price
ease of sanding (due to flat profile)Lowlights:
lots of brake dust all over rims, brakes, & frame
tendency to squeal if not aligned perfectly

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Stock XT/XTR pads


Bike Setup:   
XC hardtail, Judy & rigid forks

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by eddie kryk a cross-country rider from euless (dall/ft.worth)

Date Reviewed: January 22, 1999

Bottom Line:   


i am running the standard pad with xtr brakes that stop the 99 sun 0 degree rim.
this is a very good mix for strong stopping power. this pad blows shimano's pad
to hell and back.when these wear down, more of the same will be used. eddie.

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by JustinTime a racer from Orlando, FL

Date Reviewed: December 24, 1998

Bottom Line:   


After reading favorable reviews, I retired my Koolstops prematurely. After riding several weeks in variable weather and terrain, I simply prefer the Kool's. As for rim wear, I can not say... but dry weather performance is below that of the Kool's, but better than Shimano. In the wet, they work better than others I have tried.
Decent pads by a good company.
Justin

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Precious Roy a cross-country rider from Santa Cruz

Date Reviewed: December 10, 1998

Bottom Line:   


If you have ceramic rims the abrasive compound is the way to go. I couldnt find some at first, so I went with the duals. Those worked okay but wore down pretty quickly. Cant say the abrasives will last much longer, but so far the braking efficiency is noticeably better.

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Jean Paul King a weekend warrior from France

Date Reviewed: December 5, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I can make these pads play a tune when I break. They're awful. the power is good but the noise is almost ultrasonic. Everyone looks at me when I brake. Rubbish. Ka-put.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Ben L. a weekend warrior from Maryland

Date Reviewed: October 29, 1998

Bottom Line:   


These pads are great, the XTR pads that came with my Vs wre out fast and made scratching noises. These pads are virtually silent and stop really well in dry conditions. They have also lasted me a long time which is fairly uncommon among V brake pads. They are awesome, WTB is also a great company that backs their products. If you dont have these pads you need to get them its worth it!!!!

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Bill Weller a cross-country rider from San Jose, CA

Date Reviewed: October 15, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I was going through a couple pair of the Shimano v brake pads a season. Someone turned me onto these WTB's with the dual compound. Oh my! Right out of the box these things work and feel great. No or little noise. No more squealing! I used to feel the shimano pads lose ability to brake on long decents, the WTB's keep gripping!

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