Shimano Road Disc Brake Pad Alternatives

By : Mr Mamil
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Shimano road bike disc brake pads are a popular choice among cyclists, offering reliable stopping power and durability.

However, there may be times when you need to find an alternative to Shimano brake pads, such as when they are not available or when you want to try a different type of pad.

In this article, we will list the alternatives for the standard Shimano road bike disc brake pads.

Shimano disc brake calipers

Shimano Ultegra vs Dura-Ace Front Disc Brake Calipers
Shimano Ultegra vs Dura-Ace Front Disc Brake Calipers

Shimano road disc brakes all use the same brake pad design. Hence, they are compatible with each other. The difference is the brake pad compound, back plate material, and cooling fins.

The brake pads listed below are compatible with these Shimano road disc calipers.

SeriesBrake caliper model
Dura-AceBR-9270
Dura-AceBR-9170
UltegraBR-8170
UltegraBR-8070
105BR-7170
105BR-7070
TiagraBR-4770
GRXBR-RX810
GRXBR-RX400
non-seriesBR-RS805
non-seriesBR-RS505
non-seriesBR-RS405
non-seriesBR-RS305
Shimano road disc brake calipers models

Shimano brake pad alternatives

There are many Shimano brake pad options aside from the one that originally came with your bike.

For example, the L05A-RF is the default brake pad for 12-speed groupsets, and the L03A-RF is for 11-speed groupsets.

How to Read Shimano Brake Pad Model Number

The table below shows the difference between all the brake pad models.

Brake pad modelCooling finsPad compound
L05A-RFYesResin
L03A-RFYesResin
L04C-MFYesMetal
L02A-RFYesResin
K05Ti-RXNoResin
K05S-RXNoResin
K04Ti-MXNoMetal
K04S-MXNoMetal
K03Ti-MXNoMetal
K03S-MXNoMetal
Shimano road disc brake pads

Third-party brake pad alternatives

There are many Shimano brake pad options aside from the one that originally came with your bike.

For example, the L05A-RF is the default brake pad for 12-speed groupsets, and the L03A-RF is for 11-speed groupsets.

The table below shows the difference between all the brake pad models.

BrandModelCooling finsPad compoundAvailability
Absolute BlackDisc 34YesResin
AMPCarboneNoCeramic
BBBDiscStop HP (BBS-561S)NoMetal
BBBDiscStop HP (BBS-561)NoResin
GalferFD496 G1053NoResin
GalferFD496 G1455NoResin
JagwireSport (DCA004)NoResin
JagwireSport (DCA102)NoResin
JagwireSport (DCA504)NoMetal
JagwireSport (DCA704)NoResin
JagwireElite (DCA804)YesResin
KoolStopKS-D625NoResin
SwissStopDisc RS34NoResin
SwissStopDisc 34ENoResin
SwissStopDisc 34 EXOTherm 2YesResin
Third party brake pad alternatives for Shimano road disc calipers