We often get asked which replacement brake pad to get. We have created this guide to help you identify your brake pad type.
How to identify your brake pad type
Start by identifying which brake system is on your bike. The easiest way is to look at the lever. The table above will help you identify the brake system based on the lever design. You can also look at the caliper to confirm the brake system type. Take note of the pad type in the last two columns. Most of our e-bike use the Shimano B01S compatible pad.
The Shimano B01S Brake Pad Style
The Shimano B01S is one of the most common brake pads used in the industry. Almost every bicycle repair shop will have B01S pads. This pad is used on at least 45 different brake systems spanning across many different brands. It is used on both hydraulic and mechanical disc brakes.
Hydraulic vs. Mechanical Disc Brakes
There are two fundamental ways to move the brake pads. Mechanical disc brakes use a braided steel cable to pull a lever which rotates an extends a cam, pushing one pad toward the rotor. This cable wire can stretch resulting in inconsistent performance over time. Hydraulic disc brakes use a non-compressible fluid to push both pads towards the rotor, resulting is improved braking power and modulation. Hydraulic brakes can exert significantly higher braking forces than mechanical brakes and don't have a tendency to weaken over time, meaning that braking performance is better and more reliable. Good braking performance is a critical part of safe class 3 e-bike operation, so we have opted to include hydraulic brakes on all of our bikes.
Hydraulic disc brakes present less of a challenge to set up and maintain than mechanical disc brakes, as both of the brake pads move toward the disc rather than just one. This means that hydraulic disc brake systems can self-adjust as the pad wears down, resulting in less maintenance. There is also no cable to fray.
The primary disadvantage is that good hydraulic disc brakes systems are several times more expensive than their mechanical counterparts. However, replacing the pads is the same price for each.
Tektro HD-E715 vs. HD-E710
These two brake systems appear alike, but don't be fooled! These two models are actually very different and the brake pads are not interchangeable between them. The HD-E715 uses the commonly available Shimano B01S brake pad, whereas the HD-E710 has a larger pad which is more difficult to find online or at your local bicycle repair shop. Check the marking on the lever to determine which 700-series brake system you have.
Listed below are the original (OEM) brake pad type installed on your bike. Most brake pads can be easily found at your local bicycle repair shop or can be obtained online.
|Bike Model||Brake Pad Type|
|RipCurrent S (with Star Union)||Avid Elixir|
|RipCurrent S (with Tektro)||B01S Shimano|
|HyperFat 1100 (Tektro)||B01S Shimano|
|HyperFat 1000 Hydraulic||Avid Elixir|
|HyperFat 1000 Mechanical||B01S Shimano|
|CrossCurrent X||B01S Shimano|
|CrossCurrent S||B01S Shimano|
|CrossCurrent Air||B01S Shimano|
|Scrambler (Star Union)||Avid Elixir|
|Scrambler (Tektro)||B01S Shimano|
|U500 HD710||Tektro D40.11|
|U500 HD715||B01S Shimano|