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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 4-17-2017, 4:46 PM Thread Starter
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I have a hard time choosing brake pads for my '96 model.
The rear pad is FA067/3, but half of the sources suggest EBC FA141 and the other half FA129 for the front. The pads on the FA129 is considerable larger than on the FA141, I dont know about the frame.
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The front pads are larger than the rear pads.

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The front pads are larger than the rear pads.
Yes you are right. Do you know which of those two EBC models (FA129 or FA141) will fit the front brake?
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I'm not sure, I stopped using EBC's years ago. But you may want to clarify for any one else, whether you have a single disc front brake, or a dual disc front brake. I think the two may take different pads.

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Its a 96 model with a dual disc front.
Which pads do you use instead and why did you switch?
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I have been getting mine shipped to me from California. From a company called Caltric. Because they work and fit great, and I can get the front set and the rear set together for $12, and free shipping.

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$12 thats cheap!
Here in EU the EBC's are $56 plus shipping :O
Maybe I should be looking for an alternative.
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I was paying $70 for a front and rear set of EBC's. And I like every one else in North America, has a single disc front brake.

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Finally something is cheaper over here

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FA129HH is what I use for front pads. I like these a lot. They have a lot of stopping power and a lot of bite. FA67/3 is the complementary rear brake pad set. I recommend this if you like to avoid locking up the rear when braking.

FA129HH -- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006FUX4DO
FA67/3 -- https://www.amazon.com/EBC-Brakes-FA.../dp/B00666G5OW

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FA67R is what I use for the rear. It's an HH sintered pad. It grips a little too well for a rear pad especially on these bikes. Will probably cause your rear wheel to lock up.

FA67R -- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00666E65W

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FA129HH is what I use for front pads. I like these a lot. They have a lot of stopping power and a lot of bite. FA67/3 is the complementary rear brake pad set. I recommend this if you like to avoid locking up the rear when braking.

FA129HH -- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006FUX4DO
FA67/3 -- https://www.amazon.com/EBC-Brakes-FA.../dp/B00666G5OW

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FA67R is what I use for the rear. It's an HH sintered pad. It grips a little too well for a rear pad especially on these bikes. Will probably cause your rear wheel to lock up.

FA67R -- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00666E65W
I dont know what's on the bike for the moment, as I purshased it second hand a couple of month ago. But I think the breaking is fine for me. Not 'flick of a finger' stopping power but not swampy either.
The HH might bite too hard for me.
Is the HH harder on the discs than ordinary pads?

Thanks for clearing up the pad model issue. FA129 it is then, HH or not.
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I do not like the HH pads. They are very abusive on the rotors. I know a lot of guys here like them, because they do have more stopping power. But most of these guys don't ride their bike a lot of miles. The organic pads work fine for me, I just squeeze the lever, or press the pedal a little harder when braking. If I were to use HH pads all the time, I would have to replace my rotors about every year and a half. The rotors are not cheap. My over all mileage average since I got my bike is over 8000 miles per year.

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I do not like the HH pads. They are very abusive on the rotors. I know a lot of guys here like them, because they do have more stopping power. But most of these guys don't ride their bike a lot of miles. The organic pads work fine for me, I just squeeze the lever, or press the pedal a little harder when braking. If I were to use HH pads all the time, I would have to replace my rotors about every year and a half. The rotors are not cheap. My over all mileage average since I got my bike is over 8000 miles per year.
Thats exactly what I suspected. Excessive disc wear.
I dont mind squeezing a bit harder.
I will stick to the organic pads. 2 x FA129 and 1 x Fa067/3

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I used HH pads once. Phenomenal depletion rate.

I'll stick with cheapo pads and squeeze a bit harder.
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I used HH pads once. Phenomenal depletion rate.

I'll stick with cheapo pads and squeeze a bit harder.
You guys are lucky with your *hopefully* lack of terrible drivers.
I need to stop quicker, more brake feel, for the far-too-often bad drivers.

Any recommendations for front rear rotors?--assuming nothing better than in the wiki
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There are plenty of terrible drivers in Atlanta. But I can stop just as quick with the organic pads, just by applying more pressure. I can lock the wheel up with them, how much more stopping power do I need. I got a new rear aftermarket rotor, from China. Works good, but I cant remember the brand. I paid $60 for it.

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