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    Kool-Stop Dura-type on Sora brakes?

    Here's a *real* newbie question: I recently purchased an '05 Trek 1000. I'm very happy with it with the exception of the brakes (Sora). The stock pads are terrible. My question is, which Kool-Stop pads will work best with the Sora brakes? I'm interested in the Kool-Stop Dura-types if they are compatible.

    Thanks to all in advance!

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    I just started using Kool Stop Dura Type General Purpose (black) pads in my Ultegra brakes. I think they are definitely superior to the Shimano Dura Ace/Ultegra pads. They are certainly more powerful, modulate better, are less noisy, and seem to keep the rims cleaner and less scratched from debris caught in the pads.

    Sorry I'm not sure I have an answer to your actual question. Looks like the Dura Road Holder might be it, you have to get the entire brake holder/pad set, not just replacement pads. Ask your LBS or give Kool Stop's Customer Support a call.

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    Don't mean to hijack, but do I understand you to say that I can't interchange Kool Stop pads with the pads on my Shimano 105-equipped Specialized Sequoia? That I have to buy brake/holder pads in a set? If that's so, is it easy to install them myself, or should I take it to the lbs? Where are them most easily to be found?

    Sorry if this is utterly newbie-esque.
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    have you taken the rims off and cleaned the braking surface and done the same with the pads? I ride an 05 Trek 1200 and had to do this with fine. Fine particles of aluminum embedded in pads, probably rims weren't cleaned when braking surface was machined at the factory. Give that a try first, does not cost a cent and worked wonders on my brakes. If you are in doubt, take it back to the shop you bought it at and ask them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bernmart
    Don't mean to hijack, but do I understand you to say that I can't interchange Kool Stop pads with the pads on my Shimano 105-equipped Specialized Sequoia? That I have to buy brake/holder pads in a set? If that's so, is it easy to install them myself, or should I take it to the lbs? Where are them most easily to be found?
    No, you're good to go. You can interchange the pads.

    More specifically, the 105 brakes I've looked at up close (2004 model) have removable "cartridge" style pads, and Kool-Stop "Dura-Type" pads will fit in the 105 holders. You only need to buy the pads; I've bought them at REI. Installation is easy: 1) remove the small set-screw on the pad holder, 2) slide out the old pad toward the rear of the bike (it may take a bit of a tap to loosen it), 3) slide in Kool-Stop pad, 4) replace set-screw.

    The Kool-Stops have a large protruding piece of brake material at the rear of the pads; what purpose it serves on a cartridge system which is already properly adjusted, I'm not sure.

    I don't know offhand if Soras have removable cartridge-style pads or not.

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