Do I really need these?
I recently heard that there is no performance benefit to using carbon-specific brake pads with carbon race wheels. The only real benefit that I was toldto using special brake pads is they last longer compared to using regular brake pads with carbon wheels, which doesn't seem like that big of deal(since I only use my race wheels maybe six times a year), and all I would have to do is replace my brake pads more often.Is this true? Are there any other benefits to using special brakepads with carbon wheels?
I can say from personal experience that standard brake pads on carbonrims are grabbier, giving louder, less predictable, potentially dangerousbraking, and they wear faster, even melting down rapidly at a criticalmoment on a long, fast, tortuous descent, leaving you with no brakes atall. Furthermore, conventional pads on carbon rims are downright scary in the rain, making for unpredictable braking until the rim is wiped clear of water enough for them to grab.