What’s the difference between sintered and semi-metallic brake pads?

by Galfer Girl

When you’re going fast, you need to brake faster. Whether you’re an avid street cruiser or are turning hot laps at the track, it’s important to find the brake pad that works for you.

Galfer USA has over 65 years in friction material research, so we know a thing or two about brake compounds. We offer several different brake compounds for various power sport applications.

Galfer USA Sintered-Ceramic compounds are commonly used by racers,

including 2018 FIM Supercross World Champion, Jason Anderson.

WHAT IS A BRAKE COMPOUND?

The brake compound is the itchy-scratchy side of your brake pad that makes contact with your brake rotor. The compound itself is made of various materials that are tested for different applications and are made for different types of braking.

When hunting for brake pads, you’ve probably heard of semi-metallic brake compounds and sintered/ceramic brake compounds.

THE "BRAKE" DOWN

Galfer USA Semi-metallic carbon brake pads, pictured above.

Commonly seen as part number #1054.

SEMI-METALLIC BRAKE PADS

Semi metallic brake pads are a user-friendly brake pad that can be multipurpose.

  • Semi metallic features a strong feel and modulation for OEM brake pad replacement.
  • Semi metallic is a long-lasting brake pad and very little rotor wear.
  • Semi metallic brake pads will be good in wet and/or dry conditions.
  • Overall, semi metallic brake pads are a very versatile brake pad compound for almost every need.
  • Semi metallic brake pads are good for touring, performance street, motocross, endure and dual sport.
  • GG-rated friction.

Galfer USA offers semi-metallic carbon brake pads for a large spectrum of most power sport vehicles like dirt bikes, street bikes, bicycles, and more. Look for the part number 1054. You can find semi-metallic brake pads for a wide variety of models by using our parts finder.


Galfer USA Sintered brake pads, pictured above.

Commonly seen as part number #1370 / 1397.

SINTERED BRAKE PADS

Sintered brake pads are designed for more aggressive, every day riding and even race use.

  • Sintered brake pads are designed for moderately aggressive use.
  • These advanced ceramic brake pad composites are ready to withstand higher temperatures than regular semi-metallic carbon brake pads.
  • HH friction-rated compounds deliver excellent feel and modulation.
  • Sintered brake pads are developed for varying conditions.
  • Sintered brake pads have good initial bite and lasting power.

Galfer USA offers Semi-Metallic Carbon brake pads for a large spectrum of most power sport vehicles like dirt bikes, street bikes, bicycles, and more. Look for the part number 1370 / 1397. You can find sintered brake pads for a wide variety of models by using our parts finder.


Galfer USA sintered-ceramic brake pads, pictured above.

Commonly seen as part number #1375.

SINTERED-CERAMIC BRAKE PADS

Sintered-ceramic brake pads are designed for race use or aggressive recreational use.

  • Sintered-ceramic brake pads are designed for moderately aggressive recreational and sport street riding with ceramic coated backing plate to assist with temperature management and dissipate heat.
  • These advanced ceramic composites ready to withstand higher temperatures than regular semi-metallic carbon brake pads.
  • HH friction rated compounds deliver excellent feel and modulation.
  • Sintered-ceramic brake pads are capable of handling almost any type of riding you throw at them.
  • Sintered-ceramic brake pads are good for performance street, track days, canyon riding, amateur racing.

Galfer USA offers HH Sintered-Ceramic brake pads for a large spectrum of most power sport vehicles like dirt bikes, street bikes, bicycles, and more. Look for the part number 1375. You can find sintered ceramic brake pads for a wide variety of models by using our parts finder.


WHAT BRAKE PADS ARE RIGHT FOR ME?

Brake pad compounds depend entirely on your riding style and type. The faster or more aggressive of a rider you are, the stronger the brake pads you will need. Check out our brake pad selection chart for our recommendations, or our brake pad compound page on our website.

If you have any further questions about brake pads and brake pad compounds, feel free to contact a brake system specialist at Galfer USA.