Red Label RACE Brake Pads
Improve your braking power, feel & modulation with zero noise output. Reap the benefit of our high-performance ceramic-based Red Label RACE brake pad with a risk-free 30-Day Guarantee and free same-day shipping.
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The choice for absolute feel and power
Our Red Label RACE Ceramic is the flagship brake pad in our lineup. Made with proprietary blends of Kevlar®, MTX CeraEvo® ceramic materials and other Japan-sourced additives and modifiers, we are bringing the performance benefit of ceramic to the cycling industry.
Who is the Red Label RACE compound for?
Specific compounds for specific needs
The silent type
Reviews from customers
Red Label RACE thoughts & opinions
The following are mostly snippets of longer reviews accessible from the Reviews link above.
The pads have such a unique feel to them. They have a distinctly soft initial bite, with loads of power readily available for when you want it. Much less aggression than the stock metal pads but all the grab when needed.
I got a set of these pads a couple of months back and they are fantastic! Stopping power is incredible and 100% better than the SRAM pads I replaced. The modulation on these pads are great but the best part of it is that they are dead quiet.
Pads are in; just took it out for a test ride. Love the bite they have for not being a metallic pad.
Way better feel at the lever – like the pads are softer but have insane power. And no break-in time like the full-metallics I usually run.
I put a set of Red labels in my wife’s Transition Smuggler with SRAM Level brakes. They really improved the stopping power of a low level brake system. Great bite and less fading. Highly recommended! Red labels will be going in my TRP Gspec right away
WOW I’m in love first they are silent, they have more control so smooth and the hold on the steep rock faces so good.
Put in some serious miles on these already (100 miles in a local dirt century race) and the biggest thing I noticed was how quiet they are. I’m used to hearing some squealing now and then. Not a peep from these pads.
I originally tried a pair of the MTX pads to get rid of a squealing brake, which it cured….completely! Then, on top of that, I realized I had better modulation and power, so I’m back to order another set for my other bike and my wife’s, they’re that good!
I have about 250 miles and 45k feet of descending on them in absolutely terrible weather for almost every ride. I’m super stoked on the performance of them.
I had Shimano XT 4-pistons for this new bike. YOUR PADS ARE EXACTLY WHAT SHIMANO BRAKES NEED. Its light and zappy feeling with the ability to drag lightly to really stick to the berms and rock shoots. I can’t believe MTX pads made the whole thing come together!
Coming from full metallic pad that are said to provide the best power, after trying these ceramic pads I noticed a slight increase in stopping power but more importantly they provided far more modulation.
I’m a big guy 6’6″ and upwards of 260lbs with a pack on. The feel is great, the power is great, that power doesn’t fade on long descents, and they don’t squeal like a banshee. For reference I’m running them in XTR M9120’s on a Transition Patrol.
@mtxbraking I wanted to let you know I have put some miles on your brake pads and they are amazing! I don’t think I have ever felt so much confidence in my brakes before!
First time swapping the pads out in my Shimano XTs and couldn’t believe the difference and improvement with the MTX pads! From the very first ride I noticed a significant improvement in my stopping power, but also in the brake lever feel and control in feeling super responsive.
MTX Braking getting it done. 100x more bite and power than the stock Guide pads. Braking later in corners and managing speed more smoothly at high speed.
My confidence on corners and steeps went up pretty drastically because of the confidence I had in the pads stopping power. Stoked to continue using these. I’m a convert.
Dead quiet. I rode them the other day in mixed wet/dusty conditions (perfect storms for howling brakes) and they never made any sound. It’s nice that my friends can’t hear when I’m braking.
After a few weeks of saddle time, these MTX pads allow some great modulation at first bite while offering a detailed feel and stupid power to boot.
I now have 60 miles and 10k of descending on them. The pads have been dead quiet so far. They seem more powerful than metallics I was on, but the power seems controlled.
I immediately had the modulation of SRAM and the stopping power and consistency of Shimano. I am definitely a brake snob and have run every type of brakes and pads there are and was impressed with how they felt.
First ride on your pads and couldn’t be more happy with how they performed. Mud, snow and water and these pads were quiet, strong…basically flawless. Awesome product.
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Side by side data comparisons
Red Label RACE vs. Gold Label HD
To outline the differences between the Red Label RACE and the Gold Label HD, The Red Label RACE has a higher content of CERAevo® ceramic materials and other related softer compounds to maximize power & modulation, while drastically decreasing noise.
The Gold Label HD has a higher content of metallic and Kevlar® to increase heat-resistance and boost tolerance for heavier eMTBs and bigger riders.
Red Label RACE Performance Chart
Gold Label HD Performance Chart
A brief explanation of what goes into the Red Label RACE
The ceramic ingredients
A proprietary blend of German-made Kevlar® & copper fibers
Our own proprietary blend of ceramic materials
Heat-resistant resin materials sourced from Japan
Additives sourced from Japan
Additives sourced from Japan
Red Label RACE Brake Pads
Created for racers and fanatics
The Red Label RACE brake pads were created for those looking for the ultimate mix of power, modulation and silence.
First ride on your pads and I couldn't be more happy with how they performed. Mud, snow and water and they were quiet, strong - basically flawless. Awesome product.
From compatibility to install tips
Frequently Asked Braking Questions
Red Label RACE or Gold Label HD?
To put it in the simplest terms: The Gold Label HD and the Red Label RACE are both premium performance ceramics. The Gold Label HD was created for e-mountain bikes and big & tall riders that push the 200 pound mark or more. We suggest the Red Label RACE to literally everyone else - they're that good.
Will these be compatible with my rotors?
In nearly every case, rotors are made out of the same 410 or 420 grade stainless steel and heat-treated, which are perfectly fine to use with all of our brake pads. Some rotors are not heat-treated and thus considered "resin-only rotors", which are quite rare - these are the only rotors we suggest not using with our pads.
How do I bed these in?
There is no special procedure - a couple pulls of the lever and a mile or two or trail is all you'll need to get maximum feel and power from the new brake pad to the rotor.
Any tips for prep or install?
Its always a good idea to wipe your new or old rotors down with Isopropyl Alcohol, or a strong solvent like Acetone. Next, grab some 120 - 150 grit sandpaper and scrub the rotors to give them a nice silver, clean-looking finish.
Gain more modulation & power with the Red Label RACE brake pads
Why buy from MTX Braking?
Feel confident in our die-hard level of testing, a product guarantee and help when you need it.
Avid Juicy / BB7 – RL210, Magura MT2/MT4/MT6/MT8 – RL195, Magura MT5 / MT7 – RL205, Shimano 4-piston – TRP Quadiem – Tektro – RL131, Shimano SR Road – RL141, SRAM Code – RL185, SRAM Red / Level Ultimate – RL170, Shimano Deore – RL111, Shimano XT / XTR / SLX – RL121, SRAM Guide / Avid XO Trail – RL175, SRAM Level / Avid Elixir – RL165