There are several factors that could cause unique wear on the brake pads on your bike. Below, these factors are listed individually and focus on safety through improved maintenance and excessive wear prevention. Remember to continuously keep your brakes adjusted and replace them as soon as you feel they are losing braking power.
- Bedding-in Period. All new brake pads will go through a bedding-in period, which happens during the first 30-40 full brake stops. This wears them down slightly and makes them go from an 85% grip efficiency to a 100% grip efficiency. You may need to readjust your pads due to this initial adjustment.
- Front Brake Wear. Your front brake pads correspond to 70% of your braking power, whereas the rear braking pads account for only 30%. This is because the front pads handle more weight transfer during braking. Always be careful while using the front brake as you should combine them with the rear brake to achieve a smooth deceleration.
- Standard Replacement. You should visually inspect your brake pads regularly, and replace them when they reach an approximate width of 1mm. Depending on your specific wear, you may need to replace them every time you feel delayed braking.
Here is a video from our friends at Park Tool detailing this information
Always use your bike safely and slow or stop fully when required. After the first few weeks of use, you will become accustomed to your assist level and braking power and can replace your brake pads accordingly.