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  • THE EDGE of Braking Power SHIMANO XTR(Advice please MTBE)

     Steve Kish updated 12 years, 2 months ago 3 Members · 5 Posts
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  • BigBadJohn118

    9 March 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Orite lads

    I have XTR Brakes as you all know, Well most of you know.

    does anybody know what difference the normal XTR pads are that come in the Brakes are like compaird to the Titanium Spare pads i think they are sinterd aswell you get with them ?

    My XTR brakes don’t have That EDGE where they will take me over the bars with one touch, they wer put on by Westbrook and…my mams was fitted by bike scene and they have the (EDGE) and so does my dads wich wer done in Westbrook aswell.


    if anyone here has XTR Brakes and got a spare set of pads with them (could you tell me the Diff between the current ones and Spare please if you know)


  • Steve Kish

    9 March 2009 at 10:04 pm

    John, do you all have the same pads? If so, perhaps just a simple re-facing the pads with some cellulose thinners or meths and a quick rub-over the discs with some 800-grit abrasive paper should help.

    I’m no expert on bike discs but know a bit about car discs.

    What sometimes happens is that the two surfaces of disc and pad polish each other to a shiny surface than needs to be removed.


  • BigBadJohn118

    9 March 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I have Finely just Been informed by my dad that i have Normal XTR PADS in Soft ones that are ment for summer riding, the pads in my mams and dads are all weather XTR pads 😯

    Info Gatherd and Taking In ! 😉

  • tomlevell

    10 March 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Depending on how you buy the brakes you get a set of both sintered and organic.

    Theoretically Organic are better for stopping but they disappear in no time in wet/mud as a general rule.

    Most UK riders run sintered all the time as the weather changes so often it’s not worth swapping them around as if you forget as Autumn/winter sets in it can be a set of pads down the drain.

    Your problem is more likely to be due to some pad contamination. There are various tricks from putting them in the oven and using thinners but I don’t think on bike pads either are recommended as it damages the bond to the backing plate and the last thing you want is the pad disengaging under braking and yuo have to frantically pump the lever to get the backing plate to touch the rotor.

    Obviously plenty of people have done both and been fine.

    Yours don’t sound too bad as they still work so try cleaning the rotor with some thinners/disk rotor cleaner and see what happens.

    If you replace the pads clean the rotor and bed the pads in as the instructions.

  • Steve Kish

    10 March 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I’ll shortly have to replace the pads on my new Kona, as the braking seems to be almost (but not quite) as good as my XT V-brakes! 🙁

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