I swear on Odyssey products - they rarely disappoint. From the original Gyro I used to rock on my Dyno Pro Compe back in the 80's and 90's, to their current F25 Freestyle Fork and Chase Hawk tires I use today, they've always come through with innovated, well-tested BMX parts that are great for even the hardest of riders.
My favorite brake pad is the Odyssey Slim-By-Four in clear compound. Even though they squeak and chirp, I love that super aggressive chomp on the rim for stall tricks like abubacas.
When I mounted a rear brake to my BTM, I thought I might give the Odyssey Ghost Pads a try, relying on their trusted name.
At first glance - and from what I read on Odyssey's website - I was impressed by the innovative idea behind these pads: the molded toed-in shape, the small construction and no adjusting washers. I also like how you can "hold" it with a 10mm when tightening it down to the brake arm. On paper, it seemed like a great brake pad design. However, in real world application, they performed otherwise.
I got these in early March, and initially, they performed quite well. I could stall and stop to my heart's content. They squeaked and chirped and annoyed fellow riders as clear pads do, but I liked them. Unlike the Slim-By-Four's I would normally ride, these seemed a little squishy. No bother, though, as long as they gripped and did what I wanted in a brake pad.
It is now June, and these have completely stopped working. "Ghost" is right, because I may as well ride brakeless. I slipped even the most basic flatland tricks and stopping required me to Fred Flintstone it. I tried to clean the pads and my rims, using kitchen products, to degreaser, rubbing alcohol, to regular water, and performance never improved.
In my humble, non-engineering opinion, I just don't feel these pads have enough surface area. The braking area is about half the size of the Slim-By-Four. And, with the toed-in shape, it's even less braking surface.
I am pretty disappointed in this pad when comparing it to Odyssey's classic Slim-By-Four. I guess re-engineering a tried-and-true design may have not been such a great idea. If you like to feather your brakes and ride mostly without the use of brakes, these may suit you fine. But, if you rely on a powerful bite for rear wheel stall tricks, you may want to opt for a more traditional brake pad design.