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Superstar brake pads - first impressions

supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
edited July 2009 in MTB general
Have fitted the sintered superstar pads to my LX 585 disc brakes. What an improvement! Much better bite than the previous organic pads, and quick to be bed in too - they should get even sharper. The quick sharp bite combines well with the softish feel of the LX system.

I'll report back after some more rides, including in the wet. But at 6 quid a pair, first impressions are very good.


  • I had some superstar pads, they were really good but wore quickly but for that price you cant complain !
  • grumstagrumsta Posts: 994
    I think they're very good - wear a tiny bit quicker than the offical avid ones but considering the price it's well worth it.
  • snotty badgersnotty badger Posts: 1,593
    Did you go for the sintered pads SS?

    I bought some as spares as mine started to look a little low...
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  • Johnny NapalmJohnny Napalm Posts: 1,458
    edited July 2009
    I've been considering their pads too...pretty good price. Let us know how they fair, mate. I've been advised to steer clear of their bb's though!
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  • antflyantfly Posts: 3,276
    My pads fell off the plate so I think they are not so good.
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  • nonnac85nonnac85 Posts: 1,608
    My pads fell off the plate

    There was a batch that this kept happening to. I think they sorted it out now though - the ones I bought recently were fine and a good price too.
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  • tjwoodtjwood Posts: 328
    Is there any reason why it seems to be much cheaper to buy their 4 packs of pads through eBay than from their own website?
  • robertpbrobertpb Posts: 1,866
    I've been using the sintered pads for some months, haven't had any problems with them.

    Coming down into Malham the other day with the rain at full tilt and the road swamped on a 14% slope it was just like they were on a dry run. Super impressed :D
    Now where's that "Get Out of Crash Free Card"
  • snotty badgersnotty badger Posts: 1,593
    tjwood wrote:
    Is there any reason why it seems to be much cheaper to buy their 4 packs of pads through eBay than from their own website?

    No idea, I would of thought it would of been the other way round but you're not gonna argue with it are ya!
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  • Joe_PineapplesJoe_Pineapples Posts: 1,718
    I also had the pad material detach from the backing plate on two pairs of Superstar pads. They may well be new and improved now, but once bitten and all that. I'll stick to Avid pads from now on.

    I still use Superstar mind, just got a new Aerozine headset from them on Tuesday.
  • MastineoMastineo Posts: 182
    Have used them in Juicy 3s and Shimano 525s - well impressed with performance, even more impressed with price and service.
  • Had to file down mine to fit my Maguras (yes, I did buy the right ones). I will stick to the 'official' pads in future.
  • stubsstubs Posts: 5,001
    Just bought a set of the new Superstar Kevlar pads to give them a try. £3 more than the organic pads but if they have the same feel and last 50 % longer I will be happy
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  • NorthwindNorthwind Posts: 14,675
    I'm getting more impressed with mine, put a set in the back of my XTs and though they don't look like they'll last anything like as well as the Shimano ones, they cost about the same for 4 pairs as for 1 of shimanos... I don't think they're more powerful, but then it doesn't matter, it's the back brake but they do seem to have just slightly better first touch modulation- I minced down a local DH track sat on the back wheel today and I've never felt more in control of the brakes, just perfect.

    Oh, also they're quieter- the XT pads are fine but god do they howl...
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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    i also really like superstar pads.

    they last plenty long enough for me (although i dont really ride all that much) are cheaps and perform just as well as any standard pads i have used.
  • schmakoschmako Posts: 1,982
    Damn, just bought shimano ones for my LX585's at £20 a set :? Better do the trick!
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    im sure superstar have a satisfaction guarantee dont they? if you buy them and try them and dont like them, you can send them back.
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