Which disc brake pad compound should I choose?

Which disc brake compound?

When it comes to disc brake pads, we've got you covered with our selection of five different compounds. But which one is right for you? Do you prioritize performance or long life? Don't worry, we're here to help you make the best choice!

Check out our video above for a visual guide or keep reading for a description of each compound. This way, you can select the perfect pad that suits your riding style and the conditions you encounter on the trails.

Which disc brake pads should I get?

First things first, let's identify the correct replacement pads for your specific disc brake system. We offer a wide range of pad styles to fit various manufacturers. If you have a Shimano system, look for the code on the inside of your brake caliper, like BR-M785. Simply search that code on our website, and you'll find the compatible pads for your brake model.

Remember, it's crucial to rely on the caliper code whenever possible. For example, XT brakes come in both 2 and 4 piston designs, so you don't want to accidentally choose the wrong pads. Other brands may have markings on the brake calipers that indicate the correct pads, displaying both the brand (like 'SRAM') and the brake model (like 'CODE'). If you're still unsure, don't hesitate to reach out to us. You can even email us an image of your existing disc brake pads at sales@uberbikecomponents.com, and we'll gladly help you identify the right ones.

Now that we've got the technical details covered, let's dive into the exciting part – the different compounds! Watch the video or continue reading to learn about each compound's unique characteristics and find the perfect match for your needs.

At Uberbike Components, we're committed to ensuring you have the best braking performance and a fantastic riding experience. Let's find the ideal disc brake pads together!

 E Matrix-

Based on our immensely popular Race Matrix pad compound, the E-Matrix takes endurance, power, and pad life to extraordinary levels. We've carefully formulated a unique blend of kevlar, ceramics, heat-resistant resins, and advanced friction materials. This exceptional combination allows these pads to withstand the increased weight and speeds of E-Bikes and other high endurance riding styles.

You can expect an incredible bite response that amplifies both brake power and pad life. The E-Matrix delivers a superior, progressive feel throughout the entire braking range. From initial engagement to full stopping power, these pads provide unmatched performance.

Worried about compatibility? Rest assured. Our E-Matrix compound is rotor-friendly, ensuring optimal safety and performance across all rotor types. Ride with confidence, knowing that your braking system is in top-notch condition.

Don't settle for mediocrity when you can choose greatness. Upgrade to the E-Matrix disc brake pads and unlock unrivaled stopping power. It's time to push your limits and experience the difference for yourself. Get ready to transform your ride into something extraordinary.


Race Matrix-

Engineered with an exclusive custom blend of friction materials, these medium density pads offer a powerful bite response and a remarkable increase in both brake power and pad life. Say goodbye to ordinary braking and experience a strong, progressive feel throughout the entire braking range.

The secret lies in our unique compound, carefully crafted with a blend of metals and friction materials. This combination provides enhanced durability compared to standard organic-based pads, while delivering one of the highest levels of stopping power in our range. With Race Matrix, you can trust in its ability to deliver exceptional performance when you need it most.

We've also prioritized rotor safety with our rotor-friendly compound. No matter what rotor type you have, these pads will ensure optimal compatibility and reliable performance.

In select products (please check the product listing), our pads feature a reduced thickness base plate. This innovation allows for a 25% increase in compound thickness without altering the overall pad thickness. Not only does this extend the pad life even further, but the thicker compound material excels at absorbing vibrations, which are often the cause of brake noise. Enjoy a quieter and more enjoyable ride with Race Matrix pads.


Kevlar -

Elevate your braking performance with our Kevlar disc brake pads. These race-spec pads are perfect for riders who prefer the feel of organic pads but demand improved brake performance and extended pad life compared to standard options. Get ready to experience the best of both worlds!

Designed with a softer composition, our Kevlar compound delivers a strong initial bite response even from cold. You'll feel the power as soon as you touch the brakes. This compound also provides a strong and progressive feel throughout the entire braking range, ensuring exceptional control in any situation. Thanks to the high strength kevlar and carbon fibers, these pads offer increased durability without compromising performance.

Worried about compatibility? Fear not! Our Kevlar compound is rotor-friendly, making it safe to use on all rotor types. Whether you have stainless steel or other rotor materials, you can ride with confidence, knowing that your braking system is fully supported.

Prepare to feel the difference in your riding performance. With enhanced brake power, extended pad life, and the familiar organic pad feel, you'll be ready to conquer any trail with ease.



Semi Metallic

Get ready to experience the best of both worlds with our Semi Metallic disc brake pads. As the name suggests, these pads combine the benefits of metallic friction material and an organic compound. The result? A perfect blend that offers high power, consistent performance, quick bedding in time, and a strong initial bite response even from cold.

With our Semi Metallic pads, you'll enjoy a strong and progressive feel throughout the entire braking range. Whether you're tackling steep descents or cruising along the trails, these pads provide the confidence and control you need. Versatile and reliable, they are suitable for a wide variety of riding styles, making them a fantastic all-purpose option.

Worried about compatibility? Rest assured, our Semi Metallic compound is rotor-friendly. You can use these pads with confidence on any rotor type, ensuring optimal safety and performance.

Enjoy high power, consistent performance, and a strong initial bite, all wrapped up in a reliable and versatile pad. It's time to take your riding to new heights.




Sintered -

Get ready to experience unmatched braking power with our highly durable Sintered disc brake pads. These pads are designed to excel in abrasive weather conditions, delivering powerful braking performance when you need it most.

No matter how challenging the trail conditions may be, our Sintered compound is up to the task. These pads offer the highest level of longevity, ensuring they withstand the test of time. They are well-suited for wet and gritty trail conditions, where extended pad life and durability are essential.

With our Sintered disc brake pads, you can ride with confidence, knowing that your brakes will deliver the power and control you need, even in the most demanding situations. Say goodbye to worries about pad wear and focus on enjoying your ride to the fullest.

Upgrade to our Sintered disc brake pads and unlock unbeatable braking performance. Whether you're tackling challenging trails or riding in challenging weather conditions, these pads have got your back.


In working closely with our long standing manufacturing partners, who also produce pads for the key brands of braking systems, we are able to offer superior quality, with increased performance and longevity due to our own custom friction material blends, this is in addition with our direct to consumer supply chain, saving you costly distributor and retailer markups.


With all of the disc brake pad compounds we produce, we only use the best state of the art testing facilities to bring the highest level of quality pads directly to yourselves. Here you can see a pair of our disc brake pads been being tested with a 60mph wheel speed and 60kg per wheel brake load applied with excellent results. This is way higher than is humanly possible for even the best of us. 

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