Red Label RACE Brake Pads
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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
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Red Label RACE thoughts & opinions
The following are mostly snippets of longer reviews accessible from the Reviews link above.
I finally got a couple good rides in on the Red pads. All I can say… DAMN. I’ve never felt pads with such strong and consistent bite, but still able to modulate the power. The lever pressure needed from my M8020 XT brakes is much less and feels better as I don’t have to pull too deep into the lever travel. I’m not sure if this was intentional for the design of the pads, but they are thicker than Shimano pads which takes up some of the excess free stroke that plagues XT brakes.
5 frikkin stars! Slapped these on this morning, bedded them in, and rode lifts at Deer Valley all day. Much better modulation than Shimano pads. Silent and powerful! Well done MTX! I’ve got some coming for the wife’s bike too!
I think these might be the most noticeable upgrade I’ve ever made to a bike — more so than carbon wheels, new rubber, upgraded damper, etc. I run Code RSC brakes which are already excellent brakes, but swapping in a set of Red Label Race pads totally changed the way the bike rides.
Dead quiet, great power, super consistent. I’ll never buy another pad! I tried out 1 set at first, and after 1 ride I ordered the second set. Do yourself a favor and try them out. You won’t regret it!
The pads feel awesome! Not quite as much power as the sintered sram pads, but much better modulation and ALOT quieter!
Were you able to send us a dealer code to our shop email yet? We’ll probably order some soon!
I love these on my xc bike and looking forward to them on my wife and I’s trail bikes!
I ordered the red label pads and have been riding them for few weeks now, and let me say I love these pads! Quiet and powerful! I’m not sure about longevity yet but I have plenty of confidence they will last. Honestly if they don’t I’ll give the Golds a try. Quick shipping, quick responses, great customer service! I’m telling you that these guys are top notch!
This is the first bike I’ve owned with SRAM brakes. I wasn’t a fan. Noisy. Weak feel to them. Faded easily. I wanted to go back to Shimano. That is until I put on MTX Red Labels front and rear. WoW! What a difference these pads make. So quiet and the feel is amazing and the stopping power is on point!. I think I’ll keep my SRAM brakes and be perfectly happy, as long as I’m running MTX on them.
Instantly impressed. The noise level is almost non existent and I’ve been searching for quiet brakes forever. Will be changing my XC rig over as well.
I have used my MT brake pads for awhile, and they are so responsive, quiet and reliable. have no negative feedback regarding their quality or reliability. I felt like they were definitely an entire new brake set once I added them to my setup.
I’ve been riding with your pads for a little while now and I can honestly say the difference is profound. They make the Codes, a great brake already, even better. The red brake pads are silent and the power they offer are unlike any others I’ve tried before. I will definitely be turning more people onto your products. Keep up the great work.
The biggest difference I noticed is how quiet they are especially in the wet. One of the trail systems here is really steep to where your dragging brake a lot. I was following a buddy whose pads were howling and mine were silent. Most 3rd party pads that I’ve tried before weren’t as good as the brake manufacturer but yours are.
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.
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.
Red Label RACE vs. Gold Label HD
To cut to the point, Red Label RACE is for all-out performance, the Gold Label HD is geared for eMTBs and heavier weight.
Red Label RACE
Choose Red Label RACE when the priority is all-out performance and absolute silence. For those who value the ability to dial in the feel of the brake into fast corners and want the ultimate balance of power and feel.
Gold Label HD
Choose Gold Label HD when riding an eMTB / e-bike and/or if you are in the Clydesdale rider category. This product is for those who prioritize durability & fade-resistance in their brake pads.
Gain more modulation & power with the Red Label RACE brake pads
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
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.
Avid Juicy / BB7 – RL210, Formula Cura 2-piston – RL250, Hope E4, Hope V4 – RL230, Hope X2, Magura MT2/MT4/MT6/MT8 – RL195, Magura MT5 / MT7 – RL205, Shimano 4-piston – TRP Quadiem – Tektro – RL131, Shimano RS Road – RL141, SRAM 2021 Red / Level Ultimate RL160, 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