Recommendations when replacing or installing brake pads

  • The brake pads must be fitted by a qualified person in accordance with you vehicle manufacturer's recommendation.
  • Verify the correct selection of the brake pads in accordance with the bike type and manufacturing year of your bike.
  • Replace the brake pads as soon as the braking surface thickness has dropped below 2mm.
  • Keep the brake pads away from grease, oil and other chemical substances.
  • Replace brake discs if they are damaged. Damaged discs will reduce the braking effect and will cause faster than expected brake pad wearing.
  • Clean and degrease the brake discs prior to installation of the new brake pads.
  • Cleaning the brake discs using abrasive paper is recommended if they were previously used with another lining material.
  • Install the brake pads directing the braking surface towards the brake disc.
  • Having completed the installation, confirm the correct mounting and securing of the pads. Their fitting must be free and without excessive clamping in the brake mount.
  • Allow the newly installed brake pads to adapt to the disc, this is the (bed-in) process. Please allow some extra braking distance during the bed-in period.

How to bed-in newly installed sintered brake pads? There are several terms used for this procedure: bed-in, run-in, break-in, conditioning or burnishing.

Making sure that your newly installed brake pads are properly bedded-in is the prerequisite for their long lifetime and for a reliable braking effect. The goal of this process is to achieve the most possible active brake pad surface contact with the brake rotor disc.

First of all, please beware that braking performance on newly installed brake pads may be less than what you are expecting therefore, please allow some extra braking space during the bed-in period.

To bed-in your brake pads, brake several times at lower speeds then very carefully brake a few times at higher speeds then allow the brake pad lining to cool down while driving. The bed-in process usually takes between 100 to 300 miles. After this bed-in procedure you will start noticing increased braking power at which point you may use your brakes normally.

Recommendations for Calipers

  • GOLDfren calipers strictly require brake fluid DOT4 only.
  • The caliper must be serviced every 15 hours of racing usage or at least once per year if not using.
  • Service must be provided by a certified brake service expert following GOLDfren recommendations above