- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is the second set of organic aluminum brake pads I've bought. These are lighter than the black organic pads and are better at dispersing heat. I prefer these to Shimano's pads as I find they are better modulating speed. Etap hydro does seem to have less "stopping power" but i'm not really trying to lock up my wheels. These work very well and it take a lot to make them overheat and start squealing. The downside is that I find these to wear out pretty quickly in the mountains/hills. Not that its specific to these pads, but I also clean my pads and rotors with rubbing alcohol biweekly to get smooth and quiet operation .