SBS is ECE R90 approved

SBS one of the first manufacturer to achieve ECE R90 approval

As one of the largest manufacturers of brake pads in the world, SBS is one of the first to achieve a full and comprehensive ECE R90 approval for their range of street brake pads. The R90 type-approval is required for all replacement brake pads used for street riding throughout the European Union and in non-European countries that have adopted ECE regulations.

We know that our brake pads are high performance quality, but we want to make sure that we always live up to the highest standards and fulfill all legal requirements so our customers and riders can always feel safe and secure. Our customers have approved of our products since 1965, since 1980 our brake pads have been TÜV approved and now we of course have the latest and updated approval within our industry the ECE R90.

Approved compounds

SBS has received approval for all catalogue motorcycle and scooter applications back to 1969 including all brake pad shapes and compounds that can be used for street riding purposes. This means that the approval includes 10 different SBS compounds; HS, HF, HM, MS, CT, SI, LS, SP, RQ, RS and the new RST that will be launched later this year. 

From April the individual approval number will be printed on all products and labels. However, products already bought are also approved. The 2020 SBS Catalogue and the SBS website clearly state which compounds are ECE R90 approved.

The ECE R90 approval

R90 is a state-of-the-art regulatory assurance of quality and safety for dealers and riders and requires brake pads to be tested in an inertia dynamometer instrumented for continuous recording of rotative speed, brake torque, brake line pressure, number of rotations after brake application, braking time and brake rotor temperature.

Under R90, replacement brake pads and brake shoes are permitted to deviate from the frictional characteristics of their original equipment counterparts by not more than 15%. The tests required by R90 include bedding, performance check, brake tests, cold performance equivalence and speed sensitivity tests.

The brake pads are divided into 3 categories – A, B and C - depending on area of the friction material, and all compounds are tested individually. All vehicles recommended for the specific brake pad compound must be calculated according to the kinetic energy to find the most severe vehicle for testing. This way all compounds and vehicles are checked, and the most severe combinations tested on track, for the consumer to get a very safe and secure product.

Furthermore, ECE R90 requires correct marking of the products and sealed packaging.

A factory and test equipment approval are also part of the R90 homologation. It involves engineers inspecting and accrediting the factory once a year. SBS holds the approval for both manufacturing and testing facilities.

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