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ATE brake pads
In the Thirties, Emero pads using steel wool became standard and in the Seventies the semi-metallic (metal fibre) pads were the norm. At the automechanika in Frankfurt in 1984, Continental Teves presented the third generation of pads, the environmentally-friendly fibre-replacement pads.
Thanks to the fibre-replacement technologies used (pad comprises textile glass fibre, aramid and other fibres), 100% asbestos-free, safe brake pads could be manufactured for the first time. The so-called asbestos-free semi-metallic pads of the time still employed an intermediate layer on the pad back plate that contained asbestos, but it was ATE's brake pads that ensured these pads were now totally free from this dangerous material. Original ATE brake pads are designed as a constituent part of the entire brake system and can therefore resist extreme loads. A stable friction coefficient, compressibility and shearing tenacity are signs of quality that determine the length and direction of your braking distance in emergency situations.
The ATE pads generate a lot of dust. I'd rather have the dust, lower disk rotor wear, and great stopping characteristics with ATE.
Dust I can clean.