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post #11 of 23 Old 03-24-2019, 06:07 PM
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I'm using ebc hh, I have heard that organic pads are better, might try them next time.

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I'm using ebc hh, I have heard that organic pads are better, might try them next time.
Better for the rotors, but they don't stop worth a shite.

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I used HH rated EBC on the last Blade I had and I really liked them, very strong and didn't need to get up to much temperature to work well. I didn't notice any grabbiness or un-nerving sudden bite even when hard on the front brake and they were never anything but controllable. They did however ruin the discs pretty rapidly but I did put a fair few track days on them.

I'm using GG in the Wee at the moment and I can honestly say that for everyday riding they are fine. Better in the wet than the HH's but not as strong in the dry. Work well from the start of a ride, even in the cold, with good feel and are nicely progressive. When these ones wear through I'll replace with the same. I feel that these work best for me on the road.

I've used the cheaper Chinese stuff from Amazon and Ebay on a bike when I needed to save money and was not impressed. No feel and lacked initial bite. Felt like the brakes needed bleeding. You really do get what you pay for.

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I used HH rated EBC on the last Blade I had and I really liked them, very strong and didn't need to get up to much temperature to work well. I didn't notice any grabbiness or un-nerving sudden bite even when hard on the front brake and they were never anything but controllable. They did however ruin the discs pretty rapidly but I did put a fair few track days on them.

I'm using GG in the Wee at the moment and I can honestly say that for everyday riding they are fine. Better in the wet than the HH's but not as strong in the dry. Work well from the start of a ride, even in the cold, with good feel and are nicely progressive. When these ones wear through I'll replace with the same. I feel that these work best for me on the road.

I've used the cheaper Chinese stuff from Amazon and Ebay on a bike when I needed to save money and was not impressed. No feel and lacked initial bite. Felt like the brakes needed bleeding. You really do get what you pay for.
I've just ordered up some Chinese Volar HH pads for a whopping $30 and they actually get favorable reviews, hell for that price I just have to try them.
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In my experience, brake pads not soaked in brake fluid or fork oil tend to work the best.
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Got the Volar HH pads in the mail yesterday, looks almost identical to the EBC HH....... "HONEST" review to come.

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Better for the rotors, but they don't stop worth a shite.
They're probably not good enough for racing, but for me they stop just fine. They're also dirt cheap. The Caltric set I'm running was $13.50 for a full set front and back.

The most important thing for brake health is to keep the moving parts of the caliper clean and greased.
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Got the Volar HH pads in the mail yesterday, looks almost identical to the EBC HH....... "HONEST" review to come.
The Chinese pad set I got was unbranded... Should have told me everything I needed to know!

I paid £18 ($25ish) for the complete set some 3 years ago for the SV650S I was running.

I'll be replacing my front pads soon as they are starting to get close to the limit so will be very interested to see how you get on with the Volar as the EBC are double that price just for the front and the genuine Suzuki £55 or $71!

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Well I have the Volar HH pads installed, took a nice little ride and did plenty of hard braking......."SO FAR" let's just say I am impressed for the money, and I most certainly have better feel and stopping power than I did with the OEM pads. Time will tell of course, but I am hopefully optimistic. Be sure to remove the OEM piston shim plates from the old pads, and they also fit perfectly on the Volar pads.

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I just ordered Volar pads from D2 Moto. They cost less than 1/3 what EBC was. Haven't installed but will report.
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