Fitting My New Superstar Components Brake Pads
Last week I spent £5.48 on a pair of Superstar Components brake pads. Now that’s cheap! Shimano or Ashima were all the wrong side of £10 so I took a chance and ordered one set to see how they were. If they were rubbish I’d only have wasted £5.48.
They’re not rubbish. They’re bloody marvellous so thank you @Mattmbr !
Fitting The Brake Pads …
… was easier, but took longer, than I expected. Le me explain. Extracting the old pads was simple:
– Remove the wheel, squash the split pin on the brake unit and pull it out (easy).
– Push the old brake pads out with a small screwdriver (easy peasy).
– Put the spring clip and new brake pads together and push into the void left by the old pads (pretty easy)
– Re-insert the split pin and bend the end with the small screwdriver (lemon cheesy)
So far, all good. No issues. Hunky dory. Five minutes top end. Smiling.
Then put your wheel back on. No, hang on, the new pads won’t let the brake disc rotor back in. Oh no, now what? Drop back wheel, put the small screwdriver between the pads, work them apart, put the back wheel in again. No? Repeat several times, with swearing.
Eventually, to be fair, the wheel went on. Just remember that your brake pistons gradually work their way further out when pads are worn, so when you fit new pads they’ll be too close together unless you force them back in with a little bit of grunt (and of course some care). Once the wheel’s back on, you should be laughing. And, more to the point, stopping.
Don’t forget to wear your new pads in with a few long, hard stops to get the rotor and pad heat up so they form to the shape of the rotor. Then you’ll stop properly.
I’ve ordered the second pair today, so I might let you know if the second fitting is better 🙂