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    Sintered vs organic brake pads

    I'm going to pick up some new avid brake pads and am wondering what are the better pads. What are the benefits of each?

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    Organic - quieter, more bite to them, but do not last all that long.
    Sintered - harder wearing, less bite, often noisier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bank5 View Post
    I'm going to pick up some new avid brake pads and am wondering what are the better pads. What are the benefits of each?
    With BB7s I get more bite/power and less overall noise with EBC Gold metallic pads.

    Organics have been OK, at best, in the dry. Useless and howling in the wet.

    The Avid branded pads have been very inconsistent, some working fine, others seem to be water-soluble and wear out in 3-4 rides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shalom View Post
    Organic - quieter, more bite to them, but do not last all that long.
    Sintered - harder wearing, less bite, often noisier.
    Pretty much, plus I'd add that organic pads can wear fast when muddy, and sintered pads produce more heat.

    My own pref is for sintered metal pads.

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    I liked the sintered pads my bike came with but then it developed the dreaded taint tickler in the back so I've been using organic pads

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    I switched to organic pads on my Juicy 3's, they seem to have slightly lower noise (which is what I was hoping for) but no dramatic difference so far.

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    Really?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shalom View Post
    Organic - quieter, more bite to them, but do not last all that long.
    Sintered - harder wearing, less bite, often noisier.
    Not my experience.

    Sintered (also known as Semi Metallic): More bite, less prone to overheating, noisier, longer wearing, causes more wear on the brake rotors.

    Organic: Quieter, cheaper, overheats more easily, some say better modulation, but I like the way Sintered feels better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    Not my experience.

    Sintered (also known as Semi Metallic): More bite, less prone to overheating, noisier, longer wearing, causes more wear on the brake rotors.

    Organic: Quieter, cheaper, overheats more easily, some say better modulation, but I like the way Sintered feels better.
    My understanding was that Sintered pads are FULL metallic, not semi-metallic.

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