jeremy.. from what ive gathered in the past i would guess that you keep on top of your brakes by keeping the pistons clean and always keep them running freely with no drag. unfortunately the amount of folk that have brakes running poorly (when they think they are running perfectly well) is quite high. Ive gathered this from the shops ive worked in and one other thing.. if folk bedded a number of sets of pads in and took them to the races they would get better life from them.as for folk boasting/complaining about going through dozens of pads in one event.. try asking any mechanic on here that can slip a set of worn out pads from a hydraulic brake and fit and forget a new set without having to clean and reset pistons.If they say they can do it with never having to do a little extra work then its lies.so how can the riders expect a set of pads to be running freely after they just slapped a new set in under the bloody moonlight at 3am with no extra fettling?! the amount of pads replaced at races will be suffering the premature wear through this lack of going the whole hog on getting things running spot on ..and thats acceptable seeing as how time is precious but some folk have got to learn that its not all about pad quality and how bad the conditions are.
has anyone gone to the likes of the puffer with half a dozen sets of avid pads for their BB7s and ran them with heaps of clearance either side to help prevent the crap from constantly wearing the material? you would have to accept a little more lever travel but surely this is the answer to a lot of probs some folk are having.