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    Alternatives to finned XT 785 pads?

    What works well aside from the $45 originals? Thinking of trying Superstar Kevlar S5 but they get mixed reviews... Prefer sintered or something more long lived than resin.

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    Superstar sintered?

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    SwissStop (model 28s) sintered metallic?

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    My logic is that if the pads take awhile to wear out, and something has to wear out as you need the friction, won't the rotors wear out a bit qiucker??? I could be wrong ... but that is why I stayed with resin ...

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    The 30.00 sintered /no fins, don't last me twice as long as the 15.00 resin. In my experience these brakes eat pads quickly. The original Resin rear lasted 350 mi, the front 500. So I gave the sintered a try. They work well in the rear, but I could not quiet the front down. Now I use resin front, metallic rear. They work very well, I'm not complaining, but pad life sucks . Ebay has some good deals sometimes on Shimano pads.
    I've always been tempted but never used aftermarket pads

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibbo View Post
    Superstar sintered?
    That's logical, and a cheap experiment.

    Quote Originally Posted by midas View Post
    SwissStop (model 28s) sintered metallic?
    Never tried the Swissstop pads. Any good?

    Quote Originally Posted by chinaman View Post
    My logic is that if the pads take awhile to wear out, and something has to wear out as you need the friction, won't the rotors wear out a bit qiucker??? I could be wrong ... but that is why I stayed with resin ...
    Thanks, but I've never had rotor wear issues with sintered, no matter what brand. Some compounds just seem to work better than others.
    FWIW Shimano Ice-Tec rotors only cost a couple of dollars more than the finned pads. The RT76 are cheaper in some cases... which is fairly daft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggis View Post
    That's logical, and a cheap experiment.


    Never tried the Swissstop pads. Any good?

    Haven't tried them yet on my XT's as I'm still on the stock pads, but they were excellent on my previous Avids (Code 5 & Elixir r). I was warned by a shop mechanic that they increase rotor wear but I didn't notice anything like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haggis View Post
    That's logical, and a cheap experiment.


    Never tried the Swissstop pads. Any good?
    Best pad's I've ever used.

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