How To Replace The Pads On Your SRAM Code R Brakes

Replacing the brake pads on your SRAM Code R brakes is a quick and easy process for anyone with basic mechanical skills. This article will walk you through the steps necessary to complete the job. We’ll also provide some helpful tips to make the process go as smoothly as possible. So, if your brake pads need replacement, read on!

Why you should replace your SRAM Code R brake pads

why you should replace your sram code r brake pads

SRAM Code R brake pads are powerful and have four pistons. They are direct replacements for the SRAM Code RSC, Guide RE, and Code R brake calipers.

The part numbers for these pads are 00.5315.023.010 (sintered/steel powerful), 00.5315.023.020 (organic/aluminum quiet/light), and 00.5315.023 (semi-metallic).

You might want to replace your SRAM Code R brake pads for many reasons. Perhaps you’re experiencing some poor braking performance or want to refresh your pads for the new season. Whatever the reason, choosing the right pads for your bike is important.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting new pads

First, consider the riding you do most often. If you’re primarily a cross-country rider, you’ll want to choose a lighter-weight pad that won’t add too much weight to your bike. On the other hand, if you spend most of your time on downhill trails, you’ll want a heavier-duty pad that can withstand more abuse.

Next, think about the width of your rims. If you have wide rims, you’ll need to choose a pad that is wide enough to make contact with the entire width of the rim. Otherwise, you may experience uneven braking performance.

Finally, take into account the conditions in which you typically ride. If you frequently ride in wet or muddy conditions, you’ll want to choose a pad designed for those conditions. Otherwise, you may find that your pads wear out more quickly than usual.

Once you’ve considered all of these factors, selecting the perfect pads for your bike will be easier. And with fresh pads on your bike, you can enjoy improved braking performance and peace of mind on the trails.

How often should you replace your SRAM Code R brake pads?

You should replace your Brake pads every six months if you use the recommended brake fluid type. SRAM offers discounts on brake pads for Code R brakes. Make sure to choose the suitable pad compound for your vehicle and usage.

The best brake pads for SRAM Code R brakes are:

SRAM Code R SC brake pads: This is the original SRAM Code R brake pad. It has four pistons and is made from sintered steel. These pads are solid and provide great stopping power. They also offer excellent modulation. These are the pads for you if you want maximum braking force without noise or vibration.

SRAM Code RSC brake pads: This slightly softer version of the SRAM Code R SC brake pad. It still has four pistons, which are now made from organic material.

Organic materials are less abrasive than sintered metal and will not wear down as quickly. However, they can still cause noise when used with certain brake fluids.

How to remove SRAM Code R brake pads

  • To remove the pads from your Code R brakes, you will need a 5mm hex wrench.
  • The first step is to remove the brake pad retaining clip by unscrewing it with a 5mm hex wrench.
  • Pull the pads out of the caliper once the retaining clip has been removed.
  • Be sure to track which pad goes where – there is a left and right place.
  • You can now replace your old brake pads with new ones.
  • Again, you will need a 5mm hex wrench to remove the old brake pads.
  • First, unscrew the brake pad retaining clip with the wrench.
  • Then, pull the pads out of the caliper and discard them.
  • Finally, insert the new places and screw in the retaining clip until it’s tight.

The downside of not replacing your SRAM Code R brake pads

The downside of not replacing your SRAM Code R brake pads is that you may experience poor braking performance. This can be especially dangerous when riding in a hurry or during an emergency.

In addition, if you do not replace your brake pads soon, they may become ineffective at stopping your bike.

Fortunately, it is easy to find and purchase new brake pads. First, you must visit a reputable online or brick-and-mortar cycling store and search for “SRAM Code R brake pads.” You will likely find several different brands and prices to choose from.

Once you have found the right brake pad for your bike, read the product specifications carefully before purchasing.

For example, some brands are designed specifically for certain types of bikes (i.e., mountain bikes vs. road bikes). Also, ensure the new brake pads are compatible with your current braking system.

If you are unsure which brand or model of brake pad to buy, ask an experienced cyclist or consult one of the many online cycling forums.

There are also plenty of videos on YouTube that show how to install new brake pads on various types of bicycles.

How to know when your SRAM Code R brake pads need to be replaced

  • The SRAM Code brake pads have a steel back plate and come in organic and metallic compounds.
  • Organic pads have a more initial bite and quieter braking and are recommended for lighter riders or dry conditions.
  • For wet-weather riding, metallic pads are the preferred choice.
  • Each package includes two brake pads and hardware, enough for one caliper.
  • The SRM00EX is compatible with Code RSC and Code R brakes.
  • The manufacturer offers a 2-year warranty on the SRM00EX.

When your brake pads start to wear down, you will feel it in your ride. You may also hear a squealing noise when you apply the brakes. If this happens, it’s time to replace your brake pads!

Tips for replacing your SRAM Code R brake pads

Replacing your SRAM Code R brake pads can be daunting, but it can be a breeze with proper instructions. Here are some tips to help you get the job done quickly and easily:

1. Make sure you have the correct tools for the job. You’ll need a hex key set, a Torx T25 wrench, and a 5mm Allen wrench.

2. Remove the wheel from your bike and take off the caliper.

3. Use the hex key set to remove the bolts holding the caliper.

4. Use the Torx T25 wrench to remove the screws holding the brake pads.

5. Install new brake pads using reverse steps 2-4, ensuring to tighten all screws are secure.

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

1. What Are The Benefits Of Replacing Your SRAM Code R Brake Pads?

There are many benefits to replacing your SRAM Code R brake pads. For one, you’ll enjoy a quieter ride, as the new pads will reduce braking noise. Thanks to the improved stopping power of the new places, you’ll also stop faster and with more control. Finally, you’ll get longer pad life from your new brake pads, meaning you won’t have to replace them as often.

2. Are SRAM Code R Brakes Compatible With Standard 6-Bolt Rotors? 

SRAM Code R brakes are compatible with standard 6-bolt rotors, but SRAM recommends using SRAM Centerline rotors for optimal performance.

3. How Many Pads Do I Need?

You should always have at least two brake pads per side. Then, if one breaks, you still have another working brake pad.

4. Can I Use My Old Brake Pads On My SRAM Code R Brakes? 

You can use your old brake pads on your SRAM code r brakes. However, remember they won’t last as long because they’re not made for the Code R brakes.

5. Is There A Difference Between The SRAM Code R Brake Pad And Other Brake Pads?

Yes, there is a big difference between the SRAM code r brake pad and other brands. The SRAM code r brake pads are designed specifically for SRAM code r brakes, offering better-stopping power than other brake pads. They also provide a smoother, quieter ride.

6. Do SRAM Code R Brakes Work Well With Shimano Brakes?

Yes, SRAM code r brakes work very well with Shimano brakes. However, we recommend that you install them together.


The process is relatively simple if you want to replace the pads on your SRAM Code R brakes. First, you’ll need to purchase new brake pads and remove the old ones, careful not to damage the rotor. Then, once the new pads are in place, you can reassemble your brakes and enjoy the improved performance.

John D. Archer

John D. Archer is a mechanical engineer and writer based on the area of automotive accessories at, A resident expert and professional, John is passionate about all things automotive and loves to share his knowledge. He has good experience in all kind of automotive accessories. He has worked as a chief mechanical engineer in some reputed automotive garage firm.