Brake pads for Alps trip -sintered or organic?

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  • Brake pads for Alps trip -sintered or organic?
  • disconoir
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    Off to the Alps in a few weeks and need to stock up on some brake pads, last year I was using Avid Elixirs with Organic pads but got through 2.5 sets in a week, this year I’ve upgraded the brakes to Formula T1s and am about to order some spare pads from Superstar just wondering what the opinion is on using either sintered or organic pads.

    Cheers guys.

    nickjb
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    A lot will depend on the weather, and there is a lot of it in the Alps. Kevlar is a good compromise of life against power.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    Depends on the weather really

    Normally organic for Alps, but I’ve had to use Sintered when the weather was shit one year

    FROGLEEK
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    Premier Icon dannybgoode
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    Uberbike Rcae Matrix

    Superb stopping and reportedly excellent wear rates (not had them on long enough to comment on the latter).

    Note you can buy 4 sets for £29.9 buy ticking the box on the product page that I completely missed when I bought mine!

    Cheers

    Danny B

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    Kevlar- the splitter’s option… Depends on your alps, your riding and your weather tbh but I’ve found mine pretty much flawless, had to change halfway through the week but then they weren’t brand new when I went out. Won’t wear as fast as organic should you hit gritty mud, or cook as badly as sintered should you be a dragger 😉

    Premier Icon stevied
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    Why don’t SS do it so that you can order different compounds in the multi-buy pack?
    My organics are doing great, holding up well after an uplift day and lots of riding on the Malverns (not the Alps but lots of speed/braking). It has been dry for most of the rides tho..

    Ecky-Thump
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    Organic or kevlar, not much difference between ’em.

    You’re on holiday for a short while only, live with the fact that you’ll go through a few sets and be glad that you’ve saved your ears from the constant screaching that you risk with sintered.

    disconoir
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    Cheers guys – Kevlar it is then!

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    stevied – Member

    Why don’t SS do it so that you can order different compounds in the multi-buy pack?

    I asked nicely for an organic set to try, when ordering a kevlar 4-pack.

    disconoir
    Member

    Right kevlars ordered – next up could do with some new tyres, currently running High Rollers F&R (ST front 60a R), any suggestions or more of the same?

    Premier Icon stevied
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    next up could do with some new tyres

    If it’s all downhill, look at getting dual ply (and go tubeless unless you are already)

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    Not been to the alps, but for Spain I usualy take a couple of organic sets (i.e. 4 pack form superstar) and the same again of something harder in case the weather turns nasty. The problem in Spain was the soil was just really coarse fast drainng sand so even after rain it didn’t get muddy, so pads glazed over and there wasn’t anything abrasive to bring them back to life!

    MSP
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    Due to the heat that can be created on alpine descents organic pads can glaze and lose a hell of a lot of performance. Sintered transmit more heat to the hydraulic fluid and can possibly cause it to boil.

    I would say the glazing of organic pads is a much more likely scenario, especially if brakes are freshly bled, which is worth doing anyway before an alps trip.

    MSP
    Member

    any suggestions or more of the same

    What type of bike/riding will you be doing? I have a new bike coming in the next week or two, I know it comes with supertacky single ply minions, which I will be swapping for dual ply, if your in no rush I could sell you the singleply’s they will have been fitted but unused.

    disconoir
    Member

    MSP – what size are the Minions going to be and are they folding or wire bead do you know, that sounds like it could be good.

    MSP
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    They will be “Maxxis Minion DH F 2,5″/Minion DHR 2.4” I don’t know if they will be wire or kevlar bead.

    When are you going? Although they promised delivery next week (they are waiting for a spring which they said would arrive this week, and I can’t concentrate at work as I sit like an excited schoolboy waiting for the despatch email). There is always a possibility of delays.

    disconoir
    Member

    Heading out 11th July, so a few weeks yet. Drop me an email when they get here paul at thorneandrews co.uk

    Cheers

    tinybits
    Member

    Due to the heat that can be created on alpine descents organic pads can glaze and lose a hell of a lot of performance. Sintered transmit more heat to the hydraulic fluid and can possibly cause it to boil.

    Hang on, that sounds dangerously like information on which to base an informed decision on!

    You do realise this is STW don’t you?

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    If you want single ply tyres, get a pair of On One Chunky Monkeys.

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