Performance Braking, Better stopping power is a mod away! Nov 2016

If you’re looking for improved braking give some thought to aftermarket braided lines and better quality brake pads, this will greatly improve your overall braking and hard stopping ability… Braided lines have less flex then standard OE lines and they offer more responsive braking power with no spongy feel when the brakes are applied.

Replacement performance brake pads will complete your modification and DP brand pads are what we recommend. We feel these are the best you can get, and it’s the only brand of pads we ride with or install at our shop.

DP Brake Pads are design to ensure consistent hard stops and fade-free performance

  • DP Brakes brake pads are designed with sintered metal compounds to give your bike high-tech breaking performance in all conditions
  • Pads have a quick break-in period so you get maximum performance fast
  • DP Brake design and materials ensure consistent hard stops and fade-free performance
  • DP Brake pads a designed for low dust, keeping your wheels clean
  • Sintered metal compounds outlast more conventional organic or Kevlar & OEM pads.

What are sintered brake pads?
DP sintered pads are made of a complex mix of metallic powders (to absorb heat), refractory material (to provide friction), friction modifiers (to alter feel), graphites (to minimise rotor wear and eliminate noise), mixed together, pressed to form the shape, then sintered at high temperature and pressure.

Will hard pads wear my rotors?
Soft and Hard reflects tire technology, this is a common error people make. The physical hardness of the pad does not generally determine its performance characteristics.It is assumed (wrongly) that a soft pad will produce high friction and high wear. The converse is assumed for hard pads. However if you were to measure the physical hardness of a pad, that measurement would not tell you how it would perform. A more reliable indicator is its friction rating

What does friction rating mean?
Ever noticed two letters on the back of a pad? Normally it is GG or HH. Friction rating is measured by the torque produced (directly related to friction) by a pad material rubbing at a defined load against a cast iron drum. The torque is measured cold and hot and the friction level equates to a letter. Letter A is low friction, letter H is the highest. So a HH pad is more powerful hot and cold than a GG pad.

When I brake very hard my brakes fade and lever comes back to the bars, how can I stop this?
Insulation,… Braking destroys Kinetic Energy, which produces heat and heat can be bad news for brakes. The brake system has to be engineered to cope with heat. For our DP pads we use a layer of ceramic bonded onto the back of the brake pad. Some sintered pads have no heat barrier. These are OK for low speed but will transmit heat to the caliper fluid and seals if worked hard. Other sintered pads use a stainless radiator shield to reduce heat flow. It is stated that this is the way to go because it’s used by the OEM. However although it does provide a measure of insulation the main advantage is that it is cheap to do, exactly why the OEM do it. We don’t, because the best way to prevent heat transfer is a bonded ceramic. Ask the guys in the space shuttle if ceramic tiles stopped severe sunburn. We have adapted this technology for DP pads, it’s trick and it works. It keeps the fluid cool and the pads hot and because sintered pads like being warm there is a benefit all round.

How DP pads stop brakes squealing?
Brake noise or squeal is due to vibration that sets off a harmonic frequency within the brake system. You can take steps to reduce noise, the most common fitting is an anti squeal shim or greasing the abutment sides of the pad and making sure corrosion etc has not caused pads or caliper to jam. The trick however is to make sure the pad is compatible with the rotor. At DP we spend a lot of our R&D time making sure the pads are quiet. We do it by use of complex graphites that are mixed so that they are present at each layer of the pad, so the pad stays quiet even when it wears. It’s called IGGS, inter granular graphite structure and its difficult and expensive to achieve which is why only DP and the OEM do it.