How to Replace SRAM Brake Pads

Written by matthew ferguson
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SRAM cantilever road brakes feature a grooved rubber pad on each arm of the brake. During braking, the pads contact the sides of the wheel's rim, causing the bicycle to decelerate. Due to friction, brake pads suffer increasing wear. A set of grooves across each pad act as wear indicators--once the grooves have disappeared, the pad is in need of replacement. New pads allow for safe, optimal braking.

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Things you need

  • 2mm Allen key

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  1. 1

    Open the quick release on the side of the brake. The quick release is a small lever that provides greater clearance between the brake pads and the rim.

  2. 2

    Locate the 2mm fixing bolt at the side of the brake shoe. The brake shoe houses the brake pad.

  3. 3

    Use a 2mm Allen wrench and turn the screw counterclockwise to remove it.

  4. 4

    Slide the pad from the front of the brake shoe.

  1. 1

    Distinguish between the left and right replacement pad. One pad is marked "Left," and the other pad is marked "Right."

  2. 2

    Slide the new pad into the appropriate brake shoe. Push the pad all the way in until it is fully seated.

  3. 3

    Reinstall the 2mm fixing bolt into the side of the brake shoe. Tighten the bolt with the 2mm Allen key.

  4. 4

    Repeat Steps 1 through 3 for the second brake pad.

  5. 5

    Close the quick release lever on the side of the brake.

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