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    New pads / discs for Trance X4 - Shimano BR-M486

    It's time to replace my brake pads on my 2009 Trance X4 and I need some advice...

    The Shimano BR-M486 are supposedly for "Organic Pads' only... ?

    Do I need to use an special pad with this brake?
    Can I switch to a higher end pad if i switch the disc as well?
    Would doing both the pad and the disc make a difference?
    Any advice from someone who has already addressed this problem on their bike?

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    I'd keep using the stock organic pads and upgrade to the new Ice Tech rotors. Unless you are super aggressive, I doubt you've had any issues with the 486's. The news rotors are lighter and dissipate heat better just further insuring you won't. If you're stupid-rich, you could always upgrade to XTR ;p
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    Are resin and organic pads the same thing? Are these ok...
    Amazon.com: Shimano B01S Resin Pad & Spring: Sports & Outdoors

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    Organic/resin vs. metallic. The term is used universally, so yes. As long a those are Shimano brand pads, not cheap knock offs, you're golden. Three may be a metallic pass available, but generally they are noisy. And unless your just looking for much more aggressive braking, not worth the additional wear on rotors.
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