SwissStop Organic Disc Brake Pad Review

SwissStop Organic Disc Brake Pad ReviewAftermarket brake pads in the disc brake category rarely see much interest in the mountain bike market, especially offerings from a company known for road bike rim brake pads. That’s a shame because SwissStop really knows what it’s doing when it comes to brake pads of any kind.

What brought me to SwissStop’s disc offerings was first, a very positive experience with their road brake pads which offered that magic blend of power and modulation missing from the OEM pads I had been using. Second, every time I used the Avid XO trail rear brake on my Specialized Stumpjumper EVO 29 Carbon it howled at me like a hound dog that had just been fixed. Worse than the howling was the intense vibration that accompanied it. I was so unnerved by the vibration that setting up for corners became a 50/50 chance of either being annoyed or downright freaked out. New rotors didn’t help. New OEM pads didn’t help either. Once I installed the SwissStop pads, all the problems were solved and now I couldn’t be happier with the brakes.

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Daniel Slusser is a professional bicycle mechanic with over ten years of experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from HSU and a master’s degree in history from Cal Poly. When he is not riding, wrenching, or writing he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.