When I get new pads (definitely on the short list), I certainly won't be getting Shimano. On my old bike, I went from the OEM Shimano pads to some Ritchie pads, and the difference was night and day.
Are Kool Stops and Aztecs the best things out there? How do the Ritchie Logic pads or others fall in the mix? What others should I be sure to avoid? What's a good price point? In other words, are $40 pads any better than $25 pads, but stay away from anything under $15???
DB, thanks for the link, I'll check it out, but for some reason, every time I try to go to MTBR, it's a painfully slow process. I think there may be some fire wall incompatibilities, slowing it way down. That's why I never go to their forums.