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    Brake pad recommendations for Clydes?

    After prolonged descents, my (V) brakes fade & the rims get so hot you could fry bacon! (Iím 330+ pounds - so there's lots of energy to absorb!)

    To solve this problem, I bought an Avid BB7 caliper & 203mm rotor for the front of my old HT clunker.

    I would love to get a recommendation for which pads to use on that front BB7 disc brake. I would like something that will not fade under severe heat loading, but still have good modulation characteristics. (Rear will remain a V-brake due to no disc mounts on the frame.)

    From what Iíve read, the EBC Golds seem to be widely liked, but what other alternatives should I be looking at?

    Thanks!
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    Shameless bump...

    I realize that this is a relatively subjective area, but could anyone chime in with some input? I'd *really* appreciate it!

    Thanks!

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    I would love to add my 2 cents but I havent used V brakes since 2004 so I am not up on whats good anymore, on my trials bike I run these clear pads and they grip like no ones business. I am not sure how they would hold up under that load though. If your going to stay with rim brakes purchase a set of maguras hydro brakes, see some used ones on the net all the time, they will stop you in your tracks. Hs22 or HS 33's, you an find them used on pinkbike or ebay. Every trials bike runs these they are strong as ****. You can buy them new as well, just thought the used ones maybe cheaper to try them out.
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    fahza29er: Thank you for your reply!

    I should have made it more clear that I was seeking advice on which pads would be best for the front 203mm BB7 Disc Brake.

    I'll edit my first post accordingly...

    Thanks again!

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    Thats an easy one, sintered pads are what you want, organic bite hard but not going to withstand the temps for long. Used alot more in XC and trials.
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    Thanks again! I just ordered the EBC Golds (sintered).

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    The stock Avid pads are sintered and hold up fine IME...they just tend to be noisy.
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    As long as they aren't made of jelly donuts, you should be fine.

    Clydes like donuts

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    EBC Golds in the BB7 up front, KoolStop Salmon in the V-brakes out back.

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    Not too surprisingly, all the yummy donuts are gone - they have been consolidated into one giant jelly donut, a.k.a. my "spare tire".

    In all seriousness, thanks for the input!

    P.S. - One last question. Why the "Salmon" V-brake pad? Do they hold up to heat better? (I have some old black colored Kool Stop pads on there now.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ignorant1 View Post
    Not too surprisingly, all the yummy donuts are gone - they have been consolidated into one giant jelly donut, a.k.a. my "spare tire".

    In all seriousness, thanks for the input!

    P.S. - One last question. Why the "Salmon" V-brake pad? Do they hold up to heat better? (I have some old black colored Kool Stop pads on there now.)
    The Salmon color pads use the legendary Scott Matthauser formula with a dense iron oxide compound. They are the best braking, longest lasting pads made. The black formula is softer and wears quicker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Whisperer View Post
    They are the best braking, longest lasting pads made. The black formula is softer and wears quicker.
    Yep. They'll make you wonder why you even need that disc brake on the front.

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    Brake pad recommendations for Clydes?

    A sintered pad is going to hold up to the dust and dirt better, plus the metal in a sintered pad will transfer more heat to the caliper. you should be ok!
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    I've had good luck with jagwire's sport level pads as well--a huge improvement over the stock avids in my opinion. I think I went back and forth between the jagwire and the ebc's when I replaced mine but went with the brand I knew better. You should post a followup after you've bedded in your new fronts with your impressions.
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    Thanks again everyone!

    I got the EBC Golds, and Ill install everything soon.

    I'll definitely post my impressions here, but it won't be for a while - I'm still recovering from shoulder surgery. I'll be riding again in about 6-8 weeks.

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