Shimano Metal Disc Brake Pad

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Shimano Metal Disc Brake Pad 


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[Jul 08, 2016]
All Mountain Rider


~ Lasts longer than Resin/Semi-Metallic pads
~ Good modulation and stopping bite
~ Very light
~ Cheap(See why below)


~ Squeak/howls
~ Shrieks like a Banshee, when wet
~ Not lighter than Shimano alloy-backed Resin pads
~ Titanium backing and Sintered compound does not mix

I believe Shimano made a grave error, when developing these pads...or their QC practices are slipping. Mine were noisy from the very start. When I cleaned everything up with alcohol - the brakes were quiet again....briefly. The squealing returned every time the brakes were applied: low-mid-high. It did not matter. I tried sanding-down the pads, chamfering them, etc....nothing worked. The pesky squeak always occurred close to when the rotor came to a stop. Feathering the brakes was quiet. I don't mind some noise - but these pads howled like the infamous Avid Juicy series brakes. Yeah, that BAD.

I conducted a little experiment. I compared the G01S(steel-backed) and G01A(alloy-backed) pads to the G03Ti. Through extensive testing in wet and dry conditions - I have deduced that by using Titanium as a backing material and riveting a sintered braking compound to it - the noise is a result of harmonic micro-oscillations, when metallic brake dust is present. This means brake dust must CONSTANTLY be removed in order to experience 100% noise-free operation. Not acceptable. This explains why the G03Ti is sold CHEAPER than the steel and alloy resin products....retailers are having a hard time moving an otherwise premium-grade product, due to poor reviews.

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