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Shimano organic brake pad mileage on road

Old 09-03-21, 09:19 PM
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Shimano organic brake pad mileage on road

I am curious to know how how many miles/kilometers everyone gets out of a set of Shimano organic brake pads on road, and what kind of weather/road/terrain conditions were experienced that you got those miles/kilometers with.
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maybe 1500 to 200 miles thats in the city lots of stoping and slowing on hills. our tandem goes through them like crazy. n the metallic only Give a little over 2000 miles on the tandem.
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They can wear out in as little as an hour at a muddy cx race or they can last a year in dry on flat-ish terrain.
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I’m looking at about two full srasond on a set, but I don’t brake much on my rides, until I get back to my garage. Looong miles without having to stop, no traffic lights, no stop signs. Ride all day, rarely ever see another cyclist. I can see how a more populated area would wear them out fast. Logged 7300 miles last year, over 5000 this year. Not a champion, but not a typical couchcowboy, either.
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I have Shimano organic pads on my gravel bike, which has seen a lot of road use (even on "gravel" rides I usually do more distance on roads getting to and from the trails, than miles on actual gravel). I think I only got about 1000 miles from my the front pads and a bit more from the rear; I was disappointed at how quickly they wore compared to rim brake pads. I was so certain they couldn't have worn that quickly that I spent much too long trying to adjust the caliper position to reduce noisy breaking. I finally pulled the pads and discovered that the noise was because pads had worn to where the thin metal springs were thicker than the remaining pad material and those springs make a horrible squeak when they touch the rotor. Those were the Shimano L02A pads. I replaced them with the newer L03A pads which, according to to https://www.bike-components.de/en/Sh...-Mount-p68530/ (first result on Google) have improved lifetime:
"The durability of the Shimano L03A brake pads has been significantly increased compared to the previous L02A model thanks to a new resin compound."
I look forward to finding out if these pads wear more slowly.
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Shimano has several models of "organic" pads for the same brake. And since Shimano claims one lasts longer than the other, wouldn't that be pertinent info that one might need to relate here with their experience?

I've got 3500 miles so far on my L03A pads. And they still have a .5 millimeter of life left in them. The rear a little less since I drag the back brake more while doing twisty downhills.

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Mine have gone 1800 miles so far with 2mm of pad left.
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It all depends on your riding style, terrain and weather conditions.
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I get about 5,000km out of my L03A brake pads. I am riding in dry conditions although I do a lot of hill climbing and thus a lot of descending.
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I use resin pads, almost always dry conditions & keep them clean. I change after 2yrs (4kmiles)?, but could probably go a year or more longer.
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Mine are lasting a lot longer than I expected. I do a lot of steep hilly rides and they are still going strong after maybe 10,000 km but that's a guess.
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