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.