asked by: a guest How should I decide between Hayes SEMI-METALLIC and SINTERED pads?
anwered by: smulder Sintered pads are designed for wetter conditions and Semi-Metalic are supposed to eliminate brake noise while being grippier. Semi-Metalic wear quicker in dirty conditions while Sintered should withstand the dirt better.
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I replaced my aluminum backed semi-metalics with these on my Stroker Grams, and really have no complaints. I do get slight squeeks when I brake, but they do seem to have a bit more stopping power than the semi's. Good OEM replacement to something with better stopping power where weight isn't the biggest concern. They do weigh more than the aluminum backed pads.
Just swapped out the same pads. Simple instalation. I did both front and back and saved the less worn front pads for rear spares, which should give me time to purchase new sets when needed. These pads lasted me three seasons. I mtb spring and fall on this bike at least 1-3 times a week for 1-3 hours on moderate to difficult singletrack. I'm hard on the brakes...