Bicycle Mechanics - Kool Stop brake pads, how can I mount them?
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08-19-11, 07:06 AM
I have bought some Kool Stop brake pads (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/kool-stop-dura-aceultegra105-pair-of-cartridge-inserts/) and I currently have some Shimano Sora Brakes (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-sora-3400-brake-caliper/) with the pads provided, what attachment do I need to buy to make them connect?
you're going to need the holders as well, if you're going to buy cartridge style pads.
koolstop does sell both pad and holders as a set, but wiggle doesn't seem to have them.
these triple compound pads from BBB are also quite comparable in performance to koolstop salmon pads and come with the holders.
08-19-11, 07:16 AM
+1, beat me to it. I also recommend the tri-color brake pads from Serfas. They also feature a nice toe-in adjustment. And it it matters to you, they look nice.
08-19-11, 07:21 AM
As noted, Kool Stop sells sets of pad holders with the pads included and you use these to replace your current fixed brake shoes. After that you only have to replace the pads. The Kool Stop holders have cupped washers which makes setting alignment and toe-in easy.
If Wiggle doesn't sell the complete sets, I'd try to find a dealer that does. They are worth the search.
08-19-11, 09:44 AM
They stock different brands offering a replaceable pad, just didnt Order the KS others spoke of .
Perhaps in your town, the shop has access to a different distribuitor , that sells what you wish for.
[caveat, not an english major, sorry about ending sentences like that]
Your brake has one-piece molded shoes which are replaced in their entirety. The pads you bought are inserts for metal shoes that use replaceable inserts, and not suitable as replacements for your shoes.
You have 2 choices,
either buy complete shoes with replaceable inserts like these (http://www.koolstop.com/english/road_pad.html), and keep these as spares or return them.
or return them and buy one piece shoes like these (http://www.koolstop.com/english/supra2.html) which are complete and can bolt to your brakes.
Note, though I linked to KoolStop products, there are many other good alternatives, the key is that you need a complete shoe, either replaceable insert type, or one-piece.
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