IIRC they had a reputation for fading on long DH's. Can anyone confirm this? Any solutions/work arounds - I'm running an 8" front rotor with new metallic pads and they've had a fresh bleed.
Try the resin pads.Steve71 said:They are ok most of the time, but a few of the local trails require that you be on the brakes almost constantly for sections over 1,000 vertical feet with a lot of 20mph to 0mph (switchbacks). It's not so much that I'm dragging the brake, but basically you have no choice but to be using the brakes most of the time.
On the DH trails at the resorts, the trails are designed to carry your speed more, so I don't have an issue there.
Thanks, I may throw in some resin pads and see how they go. When I bought my last lot of metallics, I checked out Shimano's take on Resin vs Metallic. IIRC they state that Metallic is more fade resistant and has greater stopping power. Resin has better modulation and lasts longer.dan51 said:Try the resin pads.
I recently went to Downieville, and experimented with changing my pads.
I'm running Saint brakes and levers, which are basically XTs.
With the metallic pads, the brakes started to get real hot and squeal about a mile into the runs. They faded a little, but always had enough power to stop me. They also turned my rotors black.
I changed pads to resin at the top of our third run. All the way down the pads were quiet, and never showed any signs of fading. They also cleaned up all the black residue the metallic ones left.:thumbsup: I don't think I'll ever use the metallic ones again.
My experience has been:Steve71 said:Thanks, I may throw in some resin pads and see how they go. When I bought my last lot of metallics, I checked out Shimano's take on Resin vs Metallic. IIRC they state that Metallic is more fade resistant and has greater stopping power. Resin has better modulation and lasts longer.
Sounds good, resin or resin/metalic it is. I'd be so happy if it fixed my fading problem.dan51 said:My experience has been:
lasts longer, but eats up the rotor faster
overheats and turns the rotor black
makes more noise when braking, even when not hot
doesn't last as long
very quite, until they get wet
I tried running one of each per caliper on my last set of brakes, and I really liked how it felt.
Great, I'm looking forward to hear how your experience is.Steve71 said:Sounds good, resin or resin/metalic it is. I'd be so happy if it fixed my fading problem.
I'll post a follow up in a few week once I've had a chance to test them out.
I've had a bit of time on my resin/metallic pad combo and so far so good. It modulates so much better under 15 mph. It also takes a lot less force at the lever to come to a stop at switch backs. So far I haven't detected any fading, but haven't had a change to ride my ultimate test track yet.dan51 said:Great, I'm looking forward to hear how your experience is.
This pad thing has been a mystery to me until my recent experiments.