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    Wanted: Cheap China Disk Brake Pads Suggestion

    Anybody knows a cheap and good Chinese brake pad for Shimano?

    I bought this one a short while ago, and for $1.20 a pair they work really well:

    https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=547787859774

    Very good breaking power, no noise. They would be perfect - if they would last.

    Seems like a pair lasts just a few weeks, and I don't ride THAT much. I am in a really hilly area with long downhill stretches though. Any hints for good 3rd party pads?

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    Is your time not worth a few bucks? Shimano's most basic pads (which might not even fit your brakes, since we don't know what model you have) retail between $8-10USD. If they even last just 3x longer, that would be enough for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurider View Post
    Anybody knows a cheap and good Chinese brake pad for Shimano?

    I bought this one a short while ago, and for $1.20 a pair they work really well:

    https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=547787859774

    Very good breaking power, no noise. They would be perfect - if they would last.

    Seems like a pair lasts just a few weeks, and I don't ride THAT much. I am in a really hilly area with long downhill stretches though. Any hints for good 3rd party pads?
    $1.20? Perfect if they would last? Last just a few weeks?

    Well, like they say, you got what you paid for. Honestly, for $1.20, what would you expect? I mean, that's less than a bottle of water. If you're riding long down hill stretches, I would think spending a few bucks more isn't unreasonable. I use Shimano XT pads... less than $20 resin or metal with cooling finds. I'd be willing to bet that although my upfront cost is more, I spend the same or less in the long run than if I were constantly buying one dollar pads riding the 4-6 days a week year 'round like I do. And I'm much more comfortable betting my safety relying on $20 pads than I would be on $1 pads. Just sayin'...
    You didn't quit riding because you're old, you're old because you quit riding.

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    I'm running Discobrakes Ceramic Pro pads now. Works out to $7.50US per pair and they seem to be wearing as well as Shimano resin pads but with a lot more bite esp when wet.

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    I have used Superstar and Discobrakes pads for a few years, then tried the aliexpress ones (random suppliers) with great luck. Couldnt find any differences in bite or mileage. It is likely that you have received a bad batch. I would give them another go but I have 4 bikes in the family :-)
    Alternatively use Discobrake, can't go wrong with those.
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    I've never run anything cheaper than truckerco pads. They've been crazy good for me. I doubt seriously you'll find anything in the price range you're talking about that's going to be satisfactory in every way.

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    trusting brake pads that cost $1.20? i can't wait to see the follow up thread about how expensive your dental bill is...


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    People have no concept of how this fixation on saving pennies regardless of the environmental and political costs is going to turn around and bite us long-term.

    Education: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2...est-with-china

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    People have no concept of how this fixation on saving pennies regardless of the environmental and political costs is going to turn around and bite us long-term.

    Education: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2...est-with-china
    News flash. I can probably summarize this article without reading it, but then, I read a news paper every day. I'm willing to be no one who looks at this thread makes it more than 1/4 of the way through that article.

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    Thanks for the hints. Money isn't a huge issue, just don't want to change pads every few weeks. The Discobrakes sounds interesting. Will definitely go for quality.

    Anyway, I bought 3 pairs a few month ago and they are used up now.

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    Check this video out. He tests a few different types of brakes. I don't think he mentions the brand on the video but it's in his description below the video.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    no one who looks at this thread makes it more than 1/4 of the way through that article.

    And that's the sad truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    And that's the sad truth.
    In their defense, it's not short (but quite interesting). I keep up with some of the news in that area, but there's so much negativity in many of the articles it can get depressing - propaganda hard at work, I suppose. At least this one was pretty balanced, so kudos to the writers in that regard and thanks for the link.
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    Nice thing about $1.20 pure asbestos pads is asbestos is natural So no worries about environmental contamination unless they use lead or cadmium as a binding agent. Which the probably do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eshew View Post
    Nice thing about $1.20 pure asbestos pads is asbestos is natural So no worries about environmental contamination unless they use lead or cadmium as a binding agent. Which the probably do.
    I hope you're joking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nurider View Post
    Anybody knows a cheap and good Chinese brake pad for Shimano?

    I bought this one a short while ago, and for $1.20 a pair they work really well:

    https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=547787859774

    Very good breaking power, no noise. They would be perfect - if they would last.

    Seems like a pair lasts just a few weeks, and I don't ride THAT much. I am in a really hilly area with long downhill stretches though. Any hints for good 3rd party pads?
    Here's my suggestion: don't do it. Is it really worth a ruined ride, wreck, or horrible disfiguring facial injury?

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    Looking at the posts above, I understand that somebody believes that Truckerco/Discobrakes/Superstar pads are hand manufacturd in the USA or UK, right? :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausable View Post
    Looking at the posts above, I understand that somebody believes that Truckerco/Discobrakes/Superstar pads are hand manufacturd in the USA or UK, right? :-)
    There's a huge variance between products manufactured in China. Some are good, others worse than garbage. I don't gamble with safety over the cost of an order of fries. You're free to do whatever you like.
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    I ordered a pair of Discobrake ceramic. Interested to see how they compare to shimanos. I have a set of Jagwire sport semi metallic, they work well when they are warmed up, but for the first 5 minutes my back brake feel really wooden. I have sanded the disc and the pads, but nothing has seemed to help that initial warm up

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    another vote for discobrakes. I use the sintered because i just want them to last. May need to try the ceramics after i am done with my 4 pairs of pads.

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    I bought these to replace my power pads in my Trickstuff brakes.
    I noticed very little to no fall off in performance.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F112745311016

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    I hear that "undertaker" pads are forever.

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    Just installed my last china resin one (I had 3 pairs) on my front brake - they still had the ones from when I bought the 2nd hand bike back in April. Seems they lasted very well.

    I will keep testing, next I will buy some that are sold as "ceramic" for a whoppy RMB 15 - that is $2.50

    I attached an image of the current RMB 7.00 ones. They write "Kevlar", not sure in what context that was meant.

    I was also searching for Kevlar pads in China but so far couldn't find any, maybe some translation issue.
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    Dymoece 2 Pairs Bike Disc Brake Pads Compatible with Shimano Deore XT XTR SLX (Resin,Semi-Metallic,Sintered Metal) SCP-SLX

    $12.99 on Amazon, have not tried them yet.

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    cheap ebay pads here, and they worked better then the standard shimano pads that came on it. semi metallic sintered . we have nothing but steep hills and wore through 1 pad half way in a few weeks, so far the new cheapy pads are wearing even and offer more bite then the stock shimano pads 2,25 a pair if you buy 4 pairs https://www.ebay.com/itm/293173133408

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurider View Post
    Thanks for the hints. Money isn't a huge issue, just don't want to change pads every few weeks. The Discobrakes sounds interesting. Will definitely go for quality.

    Anyway, I bought 3 pairs a few month ago and they are used up now.
    How in the world are you going through brake pads every few weeks? How many miles are you getting out of them? That seems crazy. I easily get hundreds of miles out of a set of pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurider View Post
    Anybody knows a cheap and good Chinese brake pad for Shimano?

    I bought this one a short while ago, and for $1.20 a pair they work really well:

    https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=547787859774

    Very good breaking power, no noise. They would be perfect - if they would last.

    Seems like a pair lasts just a few weeks, and I don't ride THAT much. I am in a really hilly area with long downhill stretches though. Any hints for good 3rd party pads?
    Eat a bunch of rice, and make your own pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy G. Parrish View Post
    How in the world are you going through brake pads every few weeks? How many miles are you getting out of them? That seems crazy. I easily get hundreds of miles out of a set of pads.
    The "every few weeks" was probably a bit exaggerated. I bought 3 pairs and just inserted the last one. I don't ride that much, but I am in a hilly area with long downhill stretches. I know how brakes smell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nurider View Post
    I know how brakes smell.
    then change pads, I live in a place where you drop 3 miles in 12 minutes and drop 1000' and climb it and go down another canyon at higher speeds dropping a 1000, and have never smelled my brakes

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    I finally got a chance to try my Discobrake ceramic. They worked great, strong initial bite, good modulation and quiet. They shipped fast and the price is good, so I will be switching all my bikes over to Discobrakes when they need new pads

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    I really like the Truckerco pads, but as far as I can tell they are sourced from china. When I moved overseas I began to look for similar pads and came across these: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32788774757.html? For the 11/11 sale they were 4 pairs for under $7. The seller specializes in brake parts and tools, not some random assortment of crap.

    I have found these to be excellent. They bed in very well and have the grabbiness I like. Caveat that I have only used them on our XC bikes.

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    Shitty pads usually fail (read chipped surface, overheating, glazing etc...) when they are needed the most - going faaast down the gnarly trail, unexpected tree behind corner etc.

    They fail once with the "smart saving guy", second try is usually skipped

    Saving 10$ really pays off usually. Try simulating saying "i saved 10$" with lips pulled over teeth just to get the impression how those 10$ sound like then.

    Saving $$$ on critical parts like brakes, bars, stems in MTB is not smart. But then again - statistics say that there is certain % of not very smart people in every population. MTB is not exception :-)

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