While you can always spend big bucks mounting larger diameter aftermarket discs and better calipers, the most important half of the brake upgrade one-two punch, swapping pads, just happens to be pretty cost effective, too. If you’ve read MO for any length of time, you’ll periodically notice us mentioning that we think a set of aftermarket pads will improve a bike’s stopping capabilities. Like tires, though, pads can be bought for a variety of purposes. When it comes to the aftermarket, the focus is more on power and feel, rather than outright mileage (which the OEMs always consider).

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