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    One metallic and one resin pad in caliper

    I've heard and seen online that using one metallic pad and one resin pad is used in bikes and other disc brake applications. This is a way to get a bit more modulation and less noise than metallic and a bit more power and life than resin.

    I have Shimano XT 785 brakes. Most of the info I found was dated so wanted to see if anyone has any experience or other sources to indicate if this is still a good idea or now worth considering and why.
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    I have but honestly, I don't find the metallic pads to squeal that badly and have long since gone to fully metallic pads.
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    Noise isn't an issue for me. I like the modulation of Resin and power of metallic. Same for my wife. Metallic are a bit too "grabby" for her.

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    Nukeproof make semi-metallic pads that are cheap and have a bit more meat on them than standard pads, just get them.

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    I run this front and rear on Shimano Zee brakes. It is basically exactly what you imagine it to be performance wise. Half way between full resin and full metallic. I really like it. When you swap your pads just make sure you remember which material was on which side or you could get squeeling.

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    I run my Hope brakes this way.
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    I run half resin and half semi metallic in my xtr race brakes. Works well for longer descents. Less fade.

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    I am happy with resin pads but if you feel it might help I can't think of any technical reason why you couldn't or shouldn't run one of each.

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    Will different pad compounds wear at the same rate? Just curious.

    The answer doesn't matter to me because I run semi-metallic pads which are already a cross, not as weak as resin but not full metallic. I've suffered poor performance with the former and found the latter are no more powerful than the semi-metallics. Plus full metallics seemed to wear my rotors down quickly.
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    Try some Swiss stop stop organic. Hands down best pad Iíve ever used. Better modulation and power than stock and dead silent. They they arenít the longest lasting pad but itís a worthwhile trade off for the performance. Iíve used them in shimano, trp and SRAMs and they are better performers than stock in every way.

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    The resin will wear faster but the pistons automatically adjusts for that

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