Bedding in New Brake Pads on Bikes: A Comprehensive Guide

Bedding in New Brake Pads on Bikes: A Comprehensive Guide with Gorilla Brakes for Shimano, Sram, Hope, TRP, Formula, Hayes  and more Disc Brake Calipers

The thrill and joy of cycling - be it on mountain bikes, road bikes, or gravel bikes - largely rely on two vital factors: speed and control. While speed can get your adrenaline pumping, control is what ensures safety. The braking system, particularly brake pads, plays a significant role in maintaining this control. To obtain the optimal braking performance, a process called 'bedding-in' is crucial. Today, we will delve into why and how you should bed your brake pads using Gorilla Brakes disc brake pads and compounds for Shimano, Sram, Hope, TRP, Formula, and Hayes disc brake calipers.

Why Do You Have to Bed New Brake Pads?

Bedding in new brake pads involves a procedure of controlled, repetitive braking to deposit an even layer of brake pad material, or 'transfer layer,' onto the braking surface of the rotor. This process optimises brake performance, extends the lifespan of your brake pads, and minimises brake squeal. In short, it is crucial for your safety, riding performance, and comfort.

A brake system's efficacy is maximised when the brake pad material and rotor are perfectly mated. Without the bedding-in process, the initial contact between these two components can be irregular due to microscopically uneven surfaces, reducing overall braking performance. By performing controlled, repeated stops, you create the necessary even layer of material on the rotor for the best possible interaction between the pad and rotor.

Using Gorilla Brakes Disc Brake Pads and Compounds

Gorilla Brakes offers a range of disc brake pads and compounds designed for use on Shimano, Sram, Hope, TRP, Formula, and Hayes disc brake calipers. Their products ensure excellent heat resistance and superior braking performance under different riding conditions.

In general, Gorilla Brakes pads are available in two compounds: organic (also known as resin or non-metallic) and sintered (also known as metallic). Organic pads are softer and provide better braking feel, while sintered pads are more durable and perform better under high heat and challenging conditions.

Bedding Process

The bedding-in process varies slightly based on your type of cycling but follows the same general principles.

For mountain biking, find a safe and steep downhill terrain where you can gather decent speed without pedaling. Apply the brakes firmly to reduce your speed by around half but do not come to a complete stop. Repeat this process 20-30 times.

Road cyclists should use a similar process on flat terrain. After reaching a comfortable speed, apply the brakes enough to drop your speed by roughly half, then release the brakes. Repeat this 15-20 times.

Gravel bikers, due to the mixed terrain, should follow the mountain biking procedure, but be sure to repeat the process 25-30 times because of the additional debris typically present on these trails.

Remember, the goal is not to stop, but to generate heat within the braking system. The heat, combined with the repeated application of the brakes, helps to deposit a thin layer of brake pad material onto the rotor, enhancing the overall braking performance.

After the bedding-in process, allow the brakes to cool down completely before your next ride. This cooling period allows the deposited materials to cure and ensures you'll get the optimal performance from your brakes during your next ride.

Wrap Up

In essence, bedding in your brake pads is a necessary process that ensures maximum braking performance, reduces brake squeal, and prolongs the life of your brake pads. Utilising Gorilla Brakes disc brake pads and compounds for Shimano, Sram, Hope, TRP, Formula, and Hayes disc brake calipers, you will not only receive exceptional braking control but also an extended lifespan of your brake system, thereby ensuring that your thrilling ride is backed up with safety.

By understanding your brakes, caring for them, and preparing them for use with the proper bedding-in procedure, you're setting the stage for a safer and more enjoyable ride, no matter your terrain or discipline. So, next time you install new brake pads, don't forget to bed them in - your ride (and your peace of mind) will thank you for it!