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I recently purchased my first bike with disc brakes, Shimano 475 mechanical disc, 6" rotor to be exact. I am wondering the best way to maintain them and maybe some insights on replacement pads...

Is it as simple as keeping them clean or is there a spot that I should keep lubricated? If yes, then with what?

Since the bike is new I know the pads are going to be good for a little while but eventually they will need replacing. Are there better compounds available? Is one brand more respectable than another?
 

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As a rule of thumb...

No oil or grease in the brakes. You will rarely need doing an overhaul on your caliper but if you need to, get the proper instructions from Shitmano (I haven't seen those anywhere).

You can get some semi-metallic pads (either from EBC, Fibrax, etc) which would work fine with your brakes. Sintered would not be the best of choices, even some Shimano rotors are marked a "RESIN PADS ONLY". I don't really understand the reason behind it but it can be heat dissipation. Sintered pads generate more heat and there could be some parts susceptible to heat.

Hope it helps.
 

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Warp2003 said:
No oil or grease in the brakes. You will rarely need doing an overhaul on your caliper but if you need to, get the proper instructions from Shitmano (I haven't seen those anywhere).
I have seen lots of people refer to Shimano like that. I get the idea they are not the best, but would it be worth upgrading to another brand?

Warp2003 said:
You can get some semi-metallic pads (either from EBC, Fibrax, etc) which would work fine with your brakes. Sintered would not be the best of choices, even some Shimano rotors are marked a "RESIN PADS ONLY". I don't really understand the reason behind it but it can be heat dissipation. Sintered pads generate more heat and there could be some parts susceptible to heat.

Hope it helps.
Thanks for the info, I will look into those companies. :)
 

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Shitmano is a mispelling to avoid the onoxious autolink words.... some people don't like the recent twin opposite piston designs (XT, Saint and XTR) and had addressed problems with sticky piston which lead to constant maintenance... but they are good brakes.

This mispelling is kind of a joke too 'cause we all hate the Shitmano Total Integration policy (that thing they do that make you buy a Shitmano hub if you buy a Shitmano RD and then you need a Shitmano Lever to action and the lever has the brake built in so....).
 

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LOL! I get it. Same BS that Sony pulls with their electronics. Thanks again for the info. :D
 

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and they are stuck in the dark ages, stubbornly opposed to applying their enormous R + D budget to anything other than more gimmicks which beget more peripheral sales of their parts that have built in obsolescence.

they still use loose bearings and 16 point pawled hubs for god's sake ! And these bits aren't lighter, or stronger, or better, but just as expensive.

I have a shimano boycott on 2 of my three bikes, the other running sora road gear which doesn't really matter.

- Joel
 
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