We reviewed the green-painted, Pro-series brake pads, which are the most aggressive option that the Spanish manufacturer sells in North America
Galfer heat treats Wave rotors to help them run true when temperatures soar, and surfaces both sides simultaneously to ensure the braking tracks are parallel. The entire rotor is cut using a laser.
|Galfer warns that it takes a number of repetitive braking sessions to "bed" the rotors to the pads before they will stop with full authority, and also asks that users run Galfer rotors with Galfer pads. Considering how affordable both items are, that should not be an issue. After a half-dozen stops from top gear, the power of the Galfer-assisted Magura MT6 brakes was about the same as the stock MT6 rotor and organic pads. After two hours on the trail, the difference was more remarkable, with increases in both raw braking power and modulation. The Pro pads hit harder and grip the rotors with significantly less squeeze pressure on the levers. In most cases, maximum stopping efforts could be managed with one finger on the levers. The extra bite of the Galfer pads came with an extra measure of noise, which was most noticeable when the pads were first contacting the rotor braking tracks. Except for one or two complaints during the initial bedding process, no howling or squeals have emanated from the brakes to date. Water and mud revealed no drama beyond a scratching sound as the mud was cleared, followed by silence and braking as usual. We had a chance to descend some long technical trails as well as some paved downhills to test the effects of heat buildup and have nothing to report - the rotors stayed true and we did not sense fading. The consensus was that the Galfer upgrade was a win in every performance category, including wear. Galfer's information states that its Pro pads wear more quickly than its Standard options, but when comparing the Pro pads to Magura's OEM composite pads, we found that Galfer's were slightly more durable. For those searching for a bit more braking performance, Galfer Pro pads and Wave rotors are an effective and affordable option. - RC|
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