Need more stopping power? EBC Brakes, the world leader in performance braking components, has the parts for your bike that will woah you down fast. If you need help navigating yor way through the plethora of products they offer, we’ve got all the information you need in this EBC brakes buyer’s guide!
Whether you ride sport bikes, cruisers, dual-sports, or anything else on two wheels, every type of rider can usually agree on one thing: being able to stop predictably is absolutely critical.
EBC Brakes, the world leader in motorcycle braking components, knows this and has a huge range of quality aftermarket pads and shoes to give you exactly the braking characteristics you need. EBC designs and manufactures brake components at their own facilities in the UK and the USA, and they have been trusted by every type of rider for over 35 years.
Because choosing the right brake pads or shoes can get a little confusing, we’ve put together this informative product guide to help you navigate through all the options available for your bike and riding style.
Brake Pad Types
EBC offers several different brake pad options, but the main categories of pads are sintered and organic. Sintered pads are made of metallic particles (primarily copper) fused together under heat and pressure. They are long lasting and perform well under hard use. Most brake pads, OEM and aftermarket, are sintered.
Organic pads are a newer technology, and have gained a huge following across different segments due to their unique “feel”, which is more progressive. Instead of metallic particles, organic pads use materials like aramid, carbon or Kevlar, bonded with a resin. EBC is the world leader in the organic pad segment (EBC has sold over 35 million sets!)
Organic and sintered pads both have their benefits and drawbacks. Because organic pads are softer, they have a smoother feel and are not as abrasive to expensive rotors, but they wear faster. Sintered pads are more abrasive, wear rotors faster, and have more initial bite. For most riding styles, however, organic and sintered pads will perform on par with each other (except for track/racing use, where sintered pads dominate.) Overall, which one is the “right” choice will mainly come down to the rider’s preference of braking feel, and longevity.
One good middle ground is a newer addition to EBC’s lineup, the semi-sintered pad. Just as it sounds, these pads have characteristics of both organic and sintered pads, by adding metallic particles into their organic compound to give them a little more bite, and are a good way to try out a pad with more progressive feel without jumping all the way over to a full organic pad.
Note: most sintered metal pads are designed for use specifically on stainless steel rotors, which is harder than cast iron. If you run cast iron rotors it is very important to get a manufacturer recommendation on pads for them; using sintered pads on a cast iron rotor will abrade them very rapidly, and can destroy them!
EBC HH Sintered Superbike Pads
EBC Sintered Double-H Pads set the benchmark for performance sintered pads. They are by far the most popular street brake pads we sell, and are the perfect choice for those looking for a high-quality improvement over OEM sport bike pads, and are capable of handling very aggressive street and track use. They use an ultra-high friction copper alloy that will provide maximum power and long life in all riding conditions.
HH actually denotes the friction rating: H is the highest friction level, and this pad tests at H in both cold and hot conditions, which means consistent, powerful braking without warm-up, and without brake fade under extreme heat. The vented design and stainless steel backing plates also reduce heat transfer into brake components, further improving brake performance. These pads might look like many others, but EBC really did their homework creating these, and it shows!
Made in the USA, EBC HH pads are the ideal choice for street bikes that are run hard, or that rider that prefers a pad with strong bite, and plenty of stopping power in reserve.
EBC Extreme Pro Sintered
EBC Extreme Pro Sintered Pads (also known as EPFA pads) provide the longest life out of any sintered material. They are the most expensive of the line-up due to their use of costly metals in the sintering process, but they give exceptional life and performance in return.
This makes these pads the most aggressive, most consistent and most impervious to heat cycling that EBC Brakes offers. They are designed for race bikes, but EBC also states that they’re great pads for big, heavy cruisers and touring bikes where the ultimate in stopping power and pad longevity is desired.
Note: most sintered metal pads are designed for use specifically on stainless steel rotors, which is harder than cast iron. If you run cast iron rotors it is very important to get a manufacturer recommendation on pads for them; using sintered pads made for stainless steel on a cast iron rotor will abrade them very rapidly, and can destroy them!
EBC Organic Brake Pads
All EBC Organic Brake Pads are made in their UK facilities, and are the best selling organic pads in the world. These pads have long been popular with the cruiser and American Big Twin crowd due to their progressive feel and extremely low brake dusting, but they’ve also gained more popularity among sport-bike riders in recent years due to their linear, strong stopping power and low initial bite.
They are also gentler on rotors than sintered pads are, so whether you have custom billet rotors on a big cruiser, or expensive performance rotors on a sport bike, organic pads will extend rotor life dramatically. They are also exceptionally quiet in operation.
EBC Semi-Sintered V-Pads
For those riders who want the life of a sintered pad with the feel of an organic, EBC combined the best features of both into the EBC Semi-Sintered V Brake Pads. By including a 30% copper content into their proprietary organic compound, they created the Semi-Sintered pad, also made in their UK facility.
This created significant improvement in pad life that sintered pads offer, while retaining the more progressive feel, lower abrasion, and reduced heat transfer of an organic. They are available for most street and sport bikes, but they are ideal for big cruisers, touring bikes, and classic motorcycles, and highly recommended for bikes with softer billet steel rotors (which sintered pads will shred quickly.) Like an organic pad, they are also quiet in operation.
EBC Sport Carbon X-Pads
EBC’s Sport Carbon X Brake Pads are just what the doctor ordered when you want the progressive feel and lower heat transfer of an organic pad, but on an off-road or Enduro bike. This is particularly helpful when riding off road in fast, dry conditions, as a typical sintered pad has the ability to get brakes extremely hot, significantly degrading braking performance.
The pad material in the X Brake Pads is a mix of carbon graphite and Kevlar, and they are easily recognizable due to their red finish. They are equally at home on both off-road motorcycles and quads. While they have lower pad life than sintered pads, they also have a lower price point, and are easier on brake systems overall because they run much cooler. If you ride Enduro or trails, give the X Brake Pads a shot!
EBC Sintered R-Series Pads
EBC’s R-Series Sintered Pads are the perfect choice when you ride off-road in wet, muddy, or sandy conditions, or when you really need the extra pad life that organic pads just can’t match. R-Series pads are perfect for both two- and four-wheeled machines, and are especially well suited to ATV riding because of the harsh demands put on rear ATV rotors when riding in off-road.
EBC Brake Shoes
If you ride a vintage motorcycle or older ATV, you still need to have braking parts that will fit, but with modern technology and compounds you can trust to bring you to a stop. To meet your needs, EBC also offers their world-class pad compounds in brake shoes as well.
There are two main categories of EBC Brake Shoes: Organic, and Grooved. EBC Organic Brake Shoes take EBC’s extremely successful organic compound and wrap it around a brake shoe, sized perfectly to fit your application. We recommend these shoes for any on-road use.
EBC Grooved Brake Shoes have grooves cut into them to avoid contamination of the braking surface by mud, water, sand and grit, and are perfect for off-road ATV and MX riding applications. All EBC brake shoes have a braking surface that is tapered at the leading and trailing edges, to ensure quiet operation.