Originally Posted by aaron1085
I've had my Alcons since 2006. Back then, Stasis used to use SBS brand pads. They made 3 pads types (Touring, Pro, and Track, are the names) and I've used all 3 . Very dusty, noisy, and not rotor friendly, but they stopped insane. SBS no longer makes high performance pads. Last I heard, Stasis contracted with a Japanese company to make pads for the Alcon calipers, and I have not tried them. After all the dust and rotor wear issues of the SBS, I have elected to stick with Carbotech. I have not used any of the Carbotechs on the front at the track yet, because I used to have so many sets of SBS pads. I've used the SBS on the front and Carbotech bobcats on the rear at the track. The bobcats seamed to hold up OK to track abuse for a rear pad (I'm too lazy to change out the rears all the time at the track), but the XP8 is supposed to be better.
I recently put new front rotors on, so I have now gone with Carbotech bobcats for the street, and I will be running the XP10 or XP12 for the track in the future. I had a friend who ran the bobcat set up for the street and xp10/xp8 set up for the track on an RS4, as well as lots of Audi club guys do, with good results. I'm on my third set of rotors now, and I'm tired of replacing them so quickly, hence the reason for the rotor friendly Carbotechs from now on.
Lots of guys like the Ferrodo pads on the Alcons. I've never tried them tho, as they do not make a very streetable pad for the mono-4 caliper, but people really seem the like the DS2500 compound. It is supposed to be comparable to the SBS Pro pads. It really comes down to what you want. If I was to only ever run one pad, it would probably be the DS2500, but then I'd have to live with the dust and noise. There is never one pad that works good for everything, it's always a trade off (I've tried with the SBS Pros and while the braking was amazing cold or hot, the dust, noise, and wear got old quick) If you don't mind changing out pads for the track, then Carbotech is a great way to go because all of their compounds "play well" with one another.