Bike Brake Pads Installation

Service Price: $25 per caliper

As their name suggests, brake pads are the part in your ebike brake caliper that actually come in contact with the braking surface. Because these brake pads get dragged on the braking surface to slow you down, they have to get replaced every now and then as they wear out of braking material. There are many different styles of brakes, but the 2 most common are disc brakes and rim brakes. Both of these use different styles of brake pads. Disc brake pads resemble a car's brake pads, as they have a braking compound mounted to a metal plate. Rim brake pads are a little different, in that they are rubber bars with a mounting post on the back. Regardless of the type of brake pads you use, it is vitally important that you stay on top of their wear. If you use brake pads past their wear point, you can cause great damage to your braking surface and the brake caliper itself, not to mention the safety concerns of not being able to properly stop. There is also a third, slightly different ailment that can affect brake pads as well. That ailment is contaminated brake pads. Brake pad contamination occurs when some sort of lubricant or solvent comes in contact with your brake pads and rotor. If left unchecked, the solution can soak into the brake pads, making them useless and needing repair. Contaminated brake pads make a loud screeching sound and do not break well. If you are experiencing any of the above, then our ebike brake pad replacement service is perfect for you!

During our brake pad replacement service, for ebike disc brakes, first we start out by removing the old pads from your ebike brake caliper. To do this, we first take off the wheel, exposing the brake caliper by itself. Once that brake caliper is exposed, we then remove the cotter pin that goes through the top of the brake pads holding them in place. Once that cotter pin has been removed, we can now slide the brake pads out of the calipers, along with the brake pad shoe that holds the pads together. After the old pads are off, we then install the new brake pads. To install them, we pinch the pads closed, and slide them into the calipers until they are fully in the slot. With the brake pads now fully in the slot, we install the cotter pin that holds the brake pads in place. The new brake pads are now installed! The final step is to reinstall the wheel and ride the ebike. The new fresh brake pads need to be “bedded in” before they start to be fully functional. Bedding in brake pads is burning off the light external factory coating on the new brake pads. This bedding in process is done just by riding the bike and stopping naturally. It is recommended to not slam on the brakes and completely lock them up while bedding the brake pads. It is best to to lightly feather the brakes up to the stop. Over a little bit of time, you should notice the brakes start to get more and more responsive.

For a rim brake pad swap, the process is a bit easier. Just like the disc brake service, we first remove the wheel to expose the brake caliper by itself. Once the wheel has been removed, we then unscrew the bolt on the back of each brake pad to remove them from the brake unit itself. Next, we bolt on the new brake pads, but not tighten them all the way. Once the new pads are attracted to the brake, we then reinstall the ebike wheel. With the wheel in place, we then squeeze the brake closed, pushing the brake pads onto the braking surface of the wheel. We then move around the brake pads until they are just covering the brake surface and they are angled in the right direction. With the brake pads in place, we then tighten them down. With the brake pads tightened down, the brake pads have now successfully been installed! There is no bedding in process for rim brakes.

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