Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tariffville, CT
Bikes: Tsunami Bikes
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Usually when I smell that smell I start looking for a way out. It usually means guys in front are in the process of, or about to, stack it up.
Since you're trading massive amounts of kinetic energy for heat, something's got to burn a bit. Since carbon rims don't absorb heat, there's more heat to burn stuff. I dunno the science so I don't know if the rims or pads are making the smell. I'm guessing pads.
I used Swisstop yellows on Reynolds for a couple years and found them to be perfectly fine. I was actually shocked the first time I didn't use the yellows in the rain - I had pretty much no brakes. I also used Koolstop black pads on alum rims - not as nice as yellows/Reynolds, and in the rain the black/alum combo didn't work that well either.