Red Label RACE Brake Pads

(22 customer reviews )

$32.99

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.

Power - The dense MTX CeraEvo® ceramic material provides the ultimate interface for your rotor
Modulation - Control your corners with the ability to temper exactly the braking power needed.
Silence - Our Red Label RACE Ceramic produces next-to-zero noise output under any condition.

Who is the Red Label RACE compound for?

Specific compounds for specific needs

01.
Racers
With incredible power generated from our Red Labels plus the outstanding modulation, racers get the best of both worlds to maximize corner speed & control at race-pace.
02.
Performance fanatics
Many riders fixate over their favorite brake-set (you know who you are); these are for those who are always searching for more and pushing limits.
03.
The silent type
Our Red Label RACE brake pads recover incredibly fast in wet conditions, bringing them back to silence very quickly. Red Label RACE are for those who can’t stand the brake squeal.

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.

Sam
Sam

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.

Bryan
Bryan

Pads are in; just took it out for a test ride. Love the bite they have for not being a metallic pad.

Ruben
Ruben

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.

Brian Baker
Brian Baker

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

Chris
Chris

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.

Nathan
Nathan

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.

Mat Harris
Mat Harris

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!

Ryan K
Ryan K

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.

Tony Dalton
Tony Dalton

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!

Robert
Robert

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.

Justin
Justin

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.

Wesley Rasmussen
Wesley Rasmussen

@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!

Sam
Sam

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.

Eric Foose
Eric Foose

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.

Aaron Raines
Aaron Raines

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.

Austin Tucker
Austin Tucker

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.

Conor Barry
Conor Barry

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.

Mike Cartier
Mike Cartier

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.

Nick Wilkes
Nick Wilkes

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.

Aaron T.
Aaron T.

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.

Huan N.
Huan N.

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Ceramic Technology

Ceramic compounds in brake pads have long-since been the premium option in automotive racing; we wanted to tap into that knowledge & technology and bring those friction benefits to the mtb space.

Our MTX CeraEVO (pronounced "sarah-e-voe") encompasses the knowledge from the automotive field, but maintains other vital properties needed for your mountain bike (such as a higher awareness of heat-resistance given the often-very-thin material on all mtb brake pads).

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

01

Kevlar®

A proprietary blend of German-made Kevlar® & copper fibers

02

MTX CERAevo®

Our own proprietary blend of ceramic materials

03

Resins

Heat-resistant resin materials sourced from Japan

04

Lubrication modifiers

Additives sourced from Japan

05

Friction modifiers

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.

Huan N.

Customer from New Mexico

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.

Stronger than Steel

While the use of Kevlar® by DuPont™ certainly isn't proprietary, it is still noteworthy and a significant part of the durability of the MTX Red Label RACE brake pad.

Kevlar® is a synthetic aramid that has outstanding heat-resistance properties relevant to braking products; for example, Kevlar will resist any degree of breaking down up to 850°F.

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.

Developed in Utah

All of our products go through countless R&D miles to make certain we fully believe in what we sell.

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If you don't feel the Red Label RACE brake pads are outstanding, send them back for a refund.

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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

22 reviews for Red Label RACE Brake Pads

  1. Aaron Raines

    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.

  2. Brian Baker

    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.

  3. Wes Macaulay

    (taken from Instagram) – “Just so y’all know, I’ve been testing MTX’s ceramic pads in my SRAM brakes. Way better bite than sintered and wearing just as long so far! #bombproof” “Also – way quieter.”

  4. Austin Tucker

    I’ll admit it, I was skeptical. Are these going to just be the same brake pads I’ve been running, but spray painted red? Well, they weren’t. These pads bite way harder than my stock guide pads, while still being able to modulate/feather when needed. 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.

  5. Nick Wilkes

    I’m on SRAM Codes for braking duty. I mounted a fresh set of these pads up in parallel with a new SRAM centerline rotors. Fast “bed in” time, about 10 hard squeezes at speed and they felt good.

    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. Before if I would brake late and get on the lever hard I’d over squeeze sometime and cut the tires loose. Just enough modulation/power onset with these pads to prevent that.

    I descended 2,700 feet in one shot off of Engineer mountain in Colorado and did not notice any noise or power fade. Not the steepest trail, but plenty of heat input since it’s high speed.

    Excited to get them on sustained steeps and see how they perform. I’d buy another pair as of my initial impressions. I’ll rate it at 4-stars because I can’t speak on durability yet. 

  6. Eric

    All pads are not created equal. 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.

    Most notably though, there was something MISSING when I finished my first ride: hand fatigue! Even through the rowdiest of rides, my brakes now do exactly what they’re supposed to and let me focus on the ride without the unnecessary distraction of sore hands.

    Great product, no-brained upgrade, and competitively priced 🙌.

  7. Chris Tidwell

    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.

  8. Aaron

    I wanted to reach out and let you guys know how awesome your Red Label pads are.. I even went as far as replacing my brand new XTR finned pads to give these a shot and WOW. 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. Nice work Kevin and team!

  9. Nathan

    Ok, these guys mtx just showed up on my feed. Ceramic brakes sure why not that might be an up grade and I was tired of my noisy pads. So I order 4sets for my bikes one needs them and the other I just want it quieter. Well after 20+ miles and multiple days 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. I will be ordering again and I’m looking for the new rotor that have who knew brake pads would be a real upgrade…
    Thanks MTX Braking

  10. Mat Harris

    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. Excellent modulation with XTR brakes. I only changed my rear pads because the front still have some life, but I think I’m going to just change them out early because these were much better. My new go-to brake pads.

  11. Ryan

    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!

  12. Mike Cartier

    Aside from getting sick of my stock Shimano XT pads squealing and howling at every pulse of my finger, I was stoked to try a set of these MTX pads out, as a curious bike nerd at heart. As far as I know, no one has really taken a microscope to brake pad compounds past the existing organic, semi-metallic and metallic offerings, so it’s refreshing to see something new burst into the market with impressive claims. While I’ve gotten used to the ON/OFF feel my XT’s produce, I never truly liked the lack of modulation I experienced compared to other brakes. 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. When off the trails, you can catch me riding trials on my hardtail and playing on my back wheel at any opportunity. These pads have inspired confidence and received 100% of my trust already. Consider trying these pads out if you want to tune and enhance your braking performance. (Editor’s note: Mike was a contest giveaway winner).

  13. Robert Majors

    (Editor’s note: this is taken from an Instagram DM conversation)
    So as far as performance, let me say that I have tried SRAM, TRP and Shimano 4 piston brakes with every pad available I think. I always use g***** rotors love them and g***** pro pads are my favorite but….they’re grabby and they lack modulation; Shimano is kinda on-off feel anyway.

    So I had switched to TRP Slate 4 pistons with a longer lever which gave a better feel or leverage to modulate but didn’t like the actual lever. Kind of bulky.

    So…this is a long story but I am going to get to my point where I tell you how amazing your pads are! (spoiler alert).

    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!

    I am an old motocross guy so I love tuning and just always felt like MTB brakes just really missed the mark.

    I am hooked and headed to your website to order two more sets for our other bikes thank you and great product!

  14. Sam D.

    (Editor’s note: taken from Instagram)
    @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!

  15. Conor Barry

    Stoked.
    Minimal break in time. I threw them on and like most pads I was expecting them to have zero power for the first half of the ride. Not the case. Powerful right from the get go.
    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.
    I have about 50 miles on them and am stoked to see how well they hold up. If they last as long as stock pads they will easily take the cake.

  16. Justin

    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. So happy with the switch! However, there is a disclaimer. If you’re coming from full metallic/sintered pads you will want to sand down your rotors to get off any embedded metal from the old pads, if not you may get some squeaking.

  17. Wes R

    These are the brake pads I’m been waiting for my whole mountain biking life! But seriously, I’m a big guy 6’6″ and upwards of 260lbs with a pack on. I’ve struggled for years with brakes and had accepted it as my fate to deal with brake fade on downhills and constantly removing, sanding, then re-installing pads to keep them working okay. I just did the math and I’ve logged 142.25 miles and 20,576 feet of descent on my Red Label pads and I haven’t had to touch them since the initial install; they just work and keep working. 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.

  18. Tony Dalton

    Race season is staring so i just ordered another set to have for spares. 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 thought about buying the Golds for the rear, but really enjoy the feel of the reds. Thanks for making a great product! Stoked to race on them.

  19. Huan

    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.

  20. Ruben

    Pads are in; just took it out for a test ride. Love the bite they have for not being a metallic pad.

  21. Bryan

    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. Because of all these pluses I am swapping all my bike pads out for MTX Red Label!! Thanks Kevin for the excellent product!

  22. Sam

    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.

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