When to change brake pads?

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  • Premier Icon stevied
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    I’d be looking to change them or, at the very least, carry a spare pair. If the pads go completely you risk damaging your rotors..

    Muke
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    When you see sparks they need changing 😉

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    when you hear the spring get mangled against the discs is a good time.

    You do always care spare pads don’t you?

    of the correct type?

    for the bike you are actually riding now?

    jolly good.

    emac65
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    I always carry a spare set & sometimes they’re even the right ones for the bike I’m riding !

    Either way I rarely change them till they’re on the metal anyway,unless I’ve got an epic or event to do..Rotors are pretty tough & can stand a bit of metal on metal now ‘n again…..

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    You get a feel for how long they last… I run mine pretty close because I’m a skinflint, 1mm is still a third of their life in my book. But you lose all the margin for error, it’s a bit like deciding to go to the bathroom because your feet are wet :mrgreen:

    New ones have about 3mm of ‘pad’ old ones have about 1mm. Is it time to change or can I wait a bit?

    PS cheap mechanical brakes on a bike used by a newbie for XC rides. Pads are about 350 miles ‘old’ if any of that has any relevance

    fandango
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    At 1mm I’d make sure I have spare set to hand and check after each ride. Perfectly fine to ride with 1mm of pad

    Trimix
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    When you find yourself 20 foot deep in the bushes at the apex of a DH corner, thats when you change them.

    patriotpro
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    As above – use but check after or before every ride and carry spares.

    It’ll be fiiiiine.

    Mister P
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    Preferably before you wear through the backing plate of the pad and have the pistons contacting the rotor. I have seen this, how on earth the chap didn’t realise the horrible noise when braking was a bad thing I have no idea.

    Premier Icon JoeG
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    before you wear through the backing plate of the pad and have the pistons contacting the rotor. I have seen this, how on earth the chap didn’t realise the horrible noise when braking was a bad thing I have no idea.

    😯

    YJCMTSU! 😆

    bland
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    Let the backing plate clean your rotor and then bung some new ones In

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    I discovered at the Dudes Enduro last year that Formula The Ones with superstar pads have first class backing-plate braking performance. Apparently Hope don’t perform as well when you get down to the metal-on-metal.

    I was expecting some comments on how running them until they are to thin leads to a breakdown of the ‘pad’ and a sudden collapse of braking ability.

    However, it sounds like I will carry on for now and see what happens. I have ordered two new sets and (based on comments above) will stick one set in my puncture repair kit so that they are on hand when I am out on the bike

    I hardly use mine so never changed them. However, I have ‘heard’ that there is a little bit that pokes out of the spring retainer, this makes a ringing sound when it gets down to this, that signals it’s time to change the pads at your next opportunity, apparently…

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