German manufacturer Miles Racing has finally launched their range of top-end aftermarket brake pads into the Australian market. The highly-acclaimed pads, which have already won a number of European shootouts, will be available in semi-metallic, sintered metal and new scented compounds, for all popular models of brakes and many more obscure makes too.
While semi-metallic and sintered pads are nothing new, it’s the scented compound that really sets the brand apart, along with the colour, which happens to match our Yeti test bike just perfectly. We’d read about rumours from the recent Taipei Cycle show (see our articles here and here) of the development of scented brake pads , but Miles are the first brand we’ve encountered that have successfully brought this innovation to the mass market.
The fragrance, which is only released in the presence of heat, should last the life of the pad, and regular cross-country riding is apparently enough to get a whiff of them. The thinking behind the pads is (Google Translated from the all-German language Miles Racing website) “for the creation of pleasant cycling environments making extra motivation on ascents with thankings to the smelling rewards and hair coats.” There are eight different scents available worldwide, though not all will be coming to Australia:
- Frangipani Sunset
- Baking Bread
- Blue Cheese and Moose
- Asparagus Morning
- Durian Delight
- Sausage Sizzle
- Sardine Shart
- Kimchi Disaster
We’ve recently secured two sets to review – we’re hoping to conjure up memories of Bunnings carpark BBQs with our Sausage Sizzle and Baking Breads scents – should be just the ticket for getting us through really long rides. Though perhaps the Kimchi Disaster option would be better for those who are trying to use their brakes less…
Miles Racing pads are available from $24.99 through http://miles-racing.squarespace.com