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Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by yearoftiger, Nov 14, 2005.

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    I have Koolstops in my Avids. They're alright but not great. They run a semi-metallic compound (partially sintered material, partially organic). I'd recommend using Shimano sintered ones, they seem to be the goods.
     
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    Your best bet are EBC's
     
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    Galpher reds
     
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    Jagwire red !
     
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    I ran those exact same pads in my 4 piston brakes, and they were allright, but they only lasted me half a season of racing. Overall I think they worked well, but they didn't last very long.
     
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    are they worth $13 a caliper shipped? I can get free shipping if i buy koolstops. i would buy the another brand if the damn shipping didn't kill me unless there's a site that has really cheap shipping for small items like that. Anyone know of some sites?
     
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    i have some ebc gold on order for my hope 6 pistons, and some for my brothers hayes 9s
     
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    on mtbr reviews, everyone says ebc's get worn out really fast
     
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    reds do since they are a race only pad, for everday greens work fine.
     
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    Don't buy EBCs. Reds wear rediculously fast, Greens have about as much power as Saddam right now, and the Golds are pretty crap compared to Shimano/Hayes/Avid brand sintered ones IMO. There are far better alternatives.
     
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    As of when? The greens work fine, well at least for the Hopes, XT and Hayes I've tried.
     
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    I run m755DH on both my bikes and in my experience shimano pads are the best. They last a long time and provide power second only to EBC red. The Kool Stops aren't bad, but if you can get shimano pads at your shop for $20 or so its worth the extra few bucks.
     
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    Galfer !!
     
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    All the greens I have tried have sucked a comprehensive assortment of wangs. For that matter, no organic pads I've used have had the same stopping power as their sintered equivalents.
     
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    Sinthered is designed for wet weather riding.
     
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    No, sintered is designed for high-friction, low-wear applications (the low wear thing is why they're good in the wet). The only downside is that they generate a lot of heat compared to organic pads, but if you're running 8" rotors and don't drag your brakes all the time then they're a far superior choice IMO.