Best brake pads for road and gravel bikes reviewed 2024

The best replacement/upgrade disc brake pads for road and gravel riding

Best brake pads for road and gravel bikes
(Image credit: Glen Whittington)

“Brakes are important on a modern road bike if you want to go fast”. This sounds counterintuitive but the point is, if you can brake later and with more control you effectively reduce the amount of cumulative time throughout the ride where you’re slowing down. 

Of course the whole brake system is vitally important in this, but most people commonly overlook the humble brake pad when upgrading their machine. It can be a highly effective and relatively cheap upgrade for the best road bikes and the best gravel bikes, regardless of which braking system is specced.

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Glen Whittington

Glen’s an ex-racer who still finds time to ride bikes for SDWRacing. He started racing in 1998, initially specialising in XCO and Solo 24-Hour Mountain Bike. He became a mechanic in 2002, working in shops and also for professional race teams. During this time he spent more time racing cyclocross and road, and then also time trials. In 2013 he built his first bespoke frame and then spent several years at Roberts learning the art. Since then he’s designed, tested and now sells frames/bikes to the public as part of his ÆIGHT brand.