SBS is your single source for brake parts and components regardless of the model. No matter if, you ride a motorcycle, scooter, crosser or ATV/UTV, we have what you need to feel safe riding your bike.
SBS Friction is a global market leader within brake parts for two-wheel vehicles. Our R&D department continuously innovates new materials and technologies to achieve the ultimate performance. Our R&D department does not only make dynamometer tests but always combines with real-life street and race track-testing. We work together with some of the world’s best road racing and motocross riders to ensure our products work in all conditions no matter your driving style. To make sure we deliver consistent premium quality, all orders are quality tested before leaving our warehouse. We create ”the power to stop you”.You decide where and how to use it.
SBS Friction A/S is a Danish based company that develops, manufactures and markets brake pads and friction solutions for motorcycles, scooters, special cars, ATVs and industrial applications such as wind turbines.
Further our product range includes other important brake components such as brake discs, brake shoes, brake pins and accessory parts for the motorcycle enthusiast.
Our history goes back to 1964. In the 1970s we were the first to introduce aftermarket disc brake pads for motorcycles. Since then we have constantly expanded coverage, both in terms of range and products and in a geographical sense. We are number one 1 the European aftermarket for motorcycle brake pads and all over the globe the SBS name is known for braking excellence.
Our customer portfolio also comprises OEM customers such as brake system, vehicle and machine manufacturers, and we are also due to our friction know how a supplier to other industries such as wind turbines.
Our headquarters, R&D and productionare located in Svendborg Denmark. It is our philosophy to keep all important operations under one roof since we believe dedication, teamwork, experience and easy share of knowhow are key factors for developed successful businesses.
We employ around 200 people and our turnover has increased steadily since we introduced our first brake pad.
In 2012, SBS Friction chose to introduce conductive sinter technology. This process allows pads to be manufactured under pressure in a controlled environment with inert gasses yielding extreme control of process parameters. This results in performance improvements not possible with other technologies.
Initially, SBS Friction focused on the medium segment with relatively high coefficient of friction specific to the street performance segment. Fade performance and friction stability during sporty riding , good modulation, edge stability, and swell were all part of the extreme design demands.
Not long after bringing the new compound to market, several of the world’s leading MC manufacturers fell in love with this technology and also wanted to join the ride. Since then SBS Friction has developed the second generation conductive sinter brake pads with even higher performance, and today it is supplied to different street performance MCs and Adventure bikes.
The high-end SSV segment is home base to SBS Friction, and we know all the priorities of the riders. Our vast experience includes e.g. a leading team from the Baja 1000 race.
In one specific case, a major brake system supplier contacted our expert team to have a dialogue about how performance for the brake system could be improved for a high-end ATV.
SBS Friction accepted the challenge, and conducted a design workshop with the customer addressing the key challenges with current pads. The wide range of technologies were evaluated against performance parameters decided by the customer. Next step was to conduct dyno tests and evaluate the test results with the system supplier. Based on an evaluation of test results, SBS Friction proposed 3 potential compounds and complete brake systems were supplied to the manufacturer together with a customized selection guide. With the selection guide, not only had the customer several combinations of compounds for the front and rear applications, also it provided a test sequence to quickly find the best combination of front and rear pads.
The result of the process was a documented increase in friction level and stability as a function of pedal force and significantly improved wear characteristics. All of this without changing any components in the brake system itself.
Together with a leading manufacturer of Enduro bikes SBS Friction conducted blinded tests with different brands of brake pads. The brake pad had been developed after a detailed analysis among own off-road and race teams.
Based on test results, SBS Friction recommended sintered pads for both front and rear. The recommendation was based on the extreme focus on performance in this segment.
In the following blinded test, SBS Friction pads won the contract for both the front and rear calipers.
A leading world-wide wind turbine manufacturer turned to SBS Friction for a solution to a friction problem.
Due to the very tight space in a wind turbine nacelle, the manufacturer wanted to protect the components located close to the brake system from heat. At the same time they wanted to maintain extreme performance parameters at high temperatures.
After careful consideration and analysis, a ceramic compound originating from auto sports was recommended, since it had similar specifications in terms of low heat conduction and high and constant performance at a small size, but all adapted to customer specific requirements.
Since then, SBS Friction has delivered thousands of brake pads to the wind turbine industry.