FAST FACTS

Fast Bikes - - MASTERCLASS -

1 Heat is es­sen­tial for a pad to work to its full po­ten­tial, whether on track or the road. Your pads and discs will be get­ting up to about 200 de­grees on a de­cent ride, so don’t be touch­ing them! 2 A con­ven­tional pad is made up of a bunch of metal chips that are em­bed­ded to­gether and bonded to the pad’s back­ing. On ap­pli­ca­tion, the pad com­pound causes fric­tion against the discs, which in turn cause the wheel speed to re­duce. 3 A pad that’s screech­ing shouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily cause you rea­son for con­cern. This can be due to a num­ber of rea­sons, from the brake disc hav­ing im­per­fec­tions to some overnight mois­ture or rust. But if your brakes start screech­ing ex­ces­sively, you should check that the com­pound hasn’t reached its wear lim­its. 4 As im­por­tant as an awe­some brake pad is, you’ll ac­tu­ally need to look af­ter the whole caliper, mas­ter cylin­der and brake disc just as much for the high­est per­for­mance on the an­chors. A sub-stan­dard element to the sys­tem can cause sub­stan­tial prob­lems, which might amount in poor per­for­mance, warped or scored discs. 5 Brake pad per­for­mance varies mas­sively, but don’t as­sume that the most ex­pen­sive pads will be the right ones for you. Check with an ex­pert to find the best op­tion for you.

De­cent pads make all the dif­fer­ence.

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