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Pros

Initial bite

Noise

Heat buildup prevention and heat conduction via the rotor


Cons

Performance in wet conditions

Durability


Organic brake pads are more suitable for lighter riding. If you usually ride in good conditions and not on heavy load (also if you are a lighter rider). The initial bite is definitely one major characteristic of organic brake pads, whether you like it or not - is up to you. Might be more suitable for road guys. They aren't as durable as metallic pads, but then again brake pads are not that expensive. As you can see - resin pads are usually cheaper than sintered brake pads.




Pros

Durability

Better resistance to wet condition


Cons

Initial bite

Noise

Heat conduction does not happen through the rotor, but through the caliper


These are the heavy duty brake pads, which you need for example in downhill or if you otherwise do long braking on heavier load. Metallic brake pads are also your choice if you ride on wet and dusty conditions (MTB, Enduro, etc). Metallic substance is heavier than organic and thus the metallic pads will last a bit longer.



Metallic (sintered) brake pads

Art's cyclery has made good clip about organic and metallic brake pads - check it out:

Metallic (sintered) brake pads


Pros

Durability

Better resistance to wet condition


Cons

Initial bite

Noise

Heat conduction does not happen through the rotor, but through the caliper


These are the heavy duty brake pads, which you need for example in downhill or if you otherwise do long braking on heavier load. Metallic brake pads are also your choice if you ride on wet and dusty conditions (MTB, Enduro, etc). Metallic substance is heavier than organic and thus the metallic pads will last a bit longer.



Metallic (sintered) brake pads

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Organic vs Metallic brake pads


Pros

Brakes won't fade in high temperatures

Performance in wet or muddy conditions

Durability


Cons

Weaker initial bike

Noise

Heat conduction to the caliper


Metallic - or sintered - pads are your choice if you ride enduro or downhill. Might also be suitable for just some heavier riders. These pads also perform better on winter time and in muddy, dusty or wet condition. If you're a downhiller, than definately sintered pads - if you're an XC rider, you might want to consider semi-sintered pads.



Semi-sintered pads

Finally there's the option of having semi-sintered brake pads, which are a compromise. You'll have some of the negative and some of the positive effects from both metallic and organic pads. Try them out and see if they suit your needs.

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Organic (resin) brake pads


Pros

Durability

Better resistance to wet condition


Cons

Initial bite

Noise

Heat conduction does not happen through the rotor, but through the caliper


These are the heavy duty brake pads, which you need for example in downhill or if you otherwise do long braking on heavier load. Metallic brake pads are also your choice if you ride on wet and dusty conditions (MTB, Enduro, etc). Metallic substance is heavier than organic and thus the metallic pads will last a bit longer.