- Uberbike brake pads – any good?
I’ve used the Matrix and Kevlar ones for a few years and can’t fault them. They work equally as well as the Shimano ones they replaced, and last a long time. The finned system is good as the fins are reusable, just replace the pads. Great value too, especially the 4 pair option for £29.99.Posted 1 year agodoncorleoniMember
Race matrix were terrible. Purchased 8 sets… And 4 went in the bin. Far too grabby and inconsistent and rattled badly in the caliper (poor fit). They are very sensitive to a good bed in.
<span style=”font-size: 0.8rem;”>The kevlar were OK but useless in muddy / wet conditions. Sintered were OK though and comparable to ss pads, still running them on the cx. </span>
I use disco pads now (sintered and semi metallic) find them comparable to the ss ones. Although on my best bike I have gone back to OEM shimano pads and they outperform the lot to be honest.Posted 1 year agovincienupSubscriber
I like the race matrix pads too. They have failed to explode into flames in the Peaks and hit a good combo of life/performance. Much better than the old SS Kevlar people seem to equate them to. Never had one fall apart, be the wrong size etc.
I’d also avoid the finned pads, but because on two occasions now I seem to have equipped myself with them immediately before spasmodically changing brakes. No more bling pads for me!Posted 1 year agofossyMember
Race Matrix for my Guide RS. As good as OEM and don’t vanish in a blink of the eye in Peak District Slop, unlike the SRAM ones.
Only time they squeal is just after a soaking in a stream. If being picky, not keen on the white backing plates, but they do help with checking pad thickness by eye quickly.Posted 1 year agoPotdogSubscriber
I use the Race Matrix pads in E4 brakes on all the rental bikes. They do the business, only seem to squeal in the wet (which is a rarity over here) and last way, way longer than organics. What’s not to like, especially if you stock up when there’s a discount code out.Posted 1 year agosteve_b77Member
Race matrix were terrible. ………… They are very sensitive to a good bed in.
And that’s a surprise because? All pads should be bedded in properly.
I’ve swapped to the Race Matrix from another brand (after the OE Shimano XT ones wore out) and I’m very impressed so far, did Ten Under the Ben on them on Saturday and they survived 153km of what turned out to be a very wet, gritty ride with a load of stream crossings and gritty muddy climbs and descents.
Nice consistent feel, good predictable power and only noisy for a couple of applications after a stream crossing, once the water is dispersed they were silent for the rest of the lap, until the next stream crossing.
I’ll be buying more for sure.Posted 1 year agomark90Member
I put race matrix on my bike in the autumn. After a winter of riding in all conditions I have just replaced the fronts (Superstar kevlar as I have some to use up), rears still have plenty of life left. The comment about being a bit grabby is maybe true, but they aren’t that grabby. Will be stocking up when the next offer is on.Posted 1 year agokiksyMember
Bought a set of Race Matrix for my alps trip 2016 for my XT’s. Put them in on the Tuesday, first few corners were terrifying as they had no power, then bedded in ok. They never felt as good as the OEM Shimano pads. After 3 days they were pretty much finished. Put a fresh set of Shimano sintered in and they were substantially better.
Whilst they are cheaper than OEM, I don’t think they last very well, and I didn’t like the performance so haven’t used again.Posted 1 year agokiksyMember
Did you bed them in before you went for the first ride on them?
No. I never bed in pads and just let riding bed them in. Never had an issue before with Shimano pads doing this.
After 1 run the Uberpads picked up performance wise, but never as good bite as the Shimano pads.Posted 1 year ago
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