You can usually find replacement brake pads by searching for the model of brakes installed on your bike. Make sure the pads are the same shape as the ones you are replacing, if not, that is a good sign that they are not compatible. If you are not sure, it may be best to visit your local bike shop!
Most of our bikes are a two piston brake design. Meaning that there are two cylinders in each brake pushing the pads together. In a couple select models we use a four piston design. Knowing which one you have is critical to getting the correct replacement pads. To simplify things, we have created a chart below that has the correct pads for each model along with replacement rotors.
How To Tell When Brakes Need Replacement
Unlike brakes in cars bicycle brakes to not have auditory queues built into them to help riders determine when the pads and rotors need to be changed. Direct measurement is often the best way to know however many experienced mechanics can often tell just by glancing. The following two images go over what to look for for both pads and rotors to determine if they are worn out.
There are many different pad materials that offer different performance characteristics. In order to simplify things, we listed two types:
- The original replacement pads are going to offer standard levels of performance.
- The pads listed in the quieter column are going to be an organic compound that will: grab quicker with more initial braking bite, will perform quieter under adverse conditions, but will wear out faster.
It is up to each rider to decide which traits they value in a brake pad and rotor.
Please verify by searching brake brand and model on your personal bike. Verifying the shape is also important.
**Due to generational changes, the chart below may not be accurate for your bike.
|Bike||Brake Brand and Model||Original Pad||Quieter Pad||Brake Rotors|
|Roadster Gravel||Tektro Aries||E10 Pad||E10 Pad (Organic)||160mm|
|Core-5||Tektro Aries||E10 Pad||E10 Pad (Organic)||160mm|
|500 Series||Tektro Aries||E10 Pad||E10 Pad (Organic)||160mm|
|700 Series||Shimano BL-MT200||E10 Pad||E10 Pad (Organic)||180mm|
|700 Series||Tektro HD-E350||E10 Pad||E10 Pad (Organic)||180mm|
|Cafe Cruiser||Zoom HB-875||B01S Pad||B01S Pad|
|LMT'D||Tektro HD-E350||E10 Pad||E10 Pad (Organic)||180mm|
|LMT'D||Tektro Orion HD-M745 4-piston||Q11TS Pad||Q11TS Pad (Organic)||180mm|
|Prodigy||Tektro Aries||E10 Pad||E10 Pad (Organic)||180mm|
|Prodigy||Tektro Orion HD-M745 4-piston||Q11TS Pad||Q11TS Pad (Organic)||180mm|
This video from Park Tool explains it very well and may be more than you ever needed to know about brake pads! It will show you how to replace them and discuss the different materials available.