Scrub Components Chill finned mountain bike brake pads

In the same vein as Shimano’s Ice Tech brake pads, Scrub Components has developed new “Chill” brake pads.

The Chill uses their organic pad material and add a thin finned heat sink to the back plate. They’re drop in replacements for Elixir, old and new Shimano, and Formula brakes. They’re claiming 20% faster cooling and lower max temps. $35 per wheel, versus $28 for their standard pads.

Click through for more pics and a one-off “Tie Fighter” titanium adventure bike handlebar…

Scrub Components Chill finned mountain bike brake pads


Not brand new but cool are their stainless rotors, a more cost conscious option than top of the line ceramic-alloy composite with magnesium carrier. They have an alloy carrier and retail at $100 per rotor, compared to $225.

scrub components tie fighter titanium handlebar concept

Chris commissioned this one-off “Ti Fighter” multi position handlebar from the guys at Black Sheep for his own bike but said interest was very, very high. We heard several people tell him they’d buy one in the few minutes we were at his booth. Like it, let him know and maybe they’ll make more!


  1. That has to be the worst heatsink design ever. All the heat has to go through a single narrow leg before getting to the fins. A triumph of industrial design over engineering.

  2. That handlebar reminds me a lot of the old Scott AT-4 Pro bars. Those Scott bars were really awesome for long, not too technical rides. Ditto for drop bars on MTBs. With the push towards gravel/fire road/endurance riding I wonder if drop bars will start to return, especially now that we’re getting so close to having integrated shift/hydro brake levers. Only piece missing are stems with a high rise/short reach like the old drop specific WTB, Salsa and Ibis models.

  3. @paulpalf – you’re absolutely right. Whoever designed it had no idea how to do a proper heat sink design.You could cut those fins way down without affecting the performance of the heat sink.

  4. Looks like one could DIY their own heat sink with some thick alu or steel foil and some CPU thermal paste like Arctic Silver. Which is better as heat sink alu or steel… or copper?

  5. @Fred
    You could likely quite easily DIY your own heatsink…at least one of this caliber. Copper is better at moving heat, AL is better at dissipating heat.

    Now if you were trying to build an IceTech-level heatsink that would likely be a tad beyond DIY, but it does seem like it could be a harvestable and reusable component. Maybe buy a IceTech pad, then use it, then buy a cheaper pad and affix the heatsink to it. Not really worth the $5 you would save though.

  6. has there been any testing to show if fins still work when covered in trail muck? similar to a dusty computer CPU heatsink…

What do you think?