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27 May 2020

What do Enduro World Series pro's do when racing isn't an option? They train and they perfect their set-ups! The pro's have had too much time to sit about lately and when your brain is 100% hardwired to sweat the seconds that can lead you down some pretty interesting avenues when it comes to bike set-up.

Rocky Mountain Race Face's Remi Gauvin is one of those pro's who has decided to use the time he currently has on his hands to refine his bike set-up by reevaluating what difference different brake pad material can make. MTB brake pads come in either metallic or resin varieties, in the video below Remi explains the benefits of each and comes to some surprising conclusions:

Jargon buster

Resin pads: The area which contacts the brake rotor is formed from a softer material of the two and bonded to alloy backing plate. Resin (or 'organic' pads as they're often referred to) are traditionally seen as being both quieter and quicker to get up to operating temperatures but down in outright power. 

Metallic pads: The harder of the two types in terms of pad material the higher ratio of metal involved giving them their title. Metallic pads are believed to offer greater outright stopping power but are often seen as lacking in feel and modulation at lower speeds.

Remi Gauvin (off the brakes) at the 2019 Crankworx Whistler round of the EWS.  

You can read more about what goes in to making Shimano's latest XTR brakes here