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Old 02-09-09, 05:58 PM   #1
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Which Cartridge Brake Pad?

I have a Specialized cyclocross bike (the Tricross) which has "Forged linear pull brakes w/ cartridge pads". These are really cool, as they are so easy to adjust and keep aligned to the wheel (the multiple concave/convex adjustable washer setup on the more basic brake shoes always get the best of me). However, i'm new to cartridges and see references to Avid style and various Shimano styles. How many different cartridge designs are there, and how can i know which mine are? The pads are getting a bit worn, and i'd like to put in some Kool Stops pads, if possible, anyway.

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Old 02-10-09, 08:28 PM   #2
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As far as I can tell from your post and the type of bike, you have v-brakes. You want these.
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More like these:

http://harriscyclery.net/itemdetails.cfm?ID=475

Also available in just the salmon compound. Your choice. Shop around to find them less expensive.
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Doesn't the OP need a pair of these instead?

http://harriscyclery.net/itemdetails.cfm?id=483
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Old 02-11-09, 02:13 AM   #5
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As far as I can tell from your post and the type of bike, you have v-brakes. You want these.
Well, that's why i'm confused. These are Specialized-branded, and i thought v-brakes were Shimano specific.

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More like these:

http://harriscyclery.net/itemdetails.cfm?ID=475

Also available in just the salmon compound. Your choice. Shop around to find them less expensive.
Doesn't the "cartridge" part mean that they take inserts? That's what i assumed. Better go have a look-see when it's light out.

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Doesn't the OP need a pair of these instead?

http://harriscyclery.net/itemdetails.cfm?id=483
Yeah, that's more like what i expected, but it sounds like there are different shapes for different brands/designs (Avid, Shimano this, Shimano that...). Is the brake shoe world really this complicated?
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Old 02-17-09, 12:40 AM   #6
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V-brakes are just a type of brake. Many companies make them. I'm also pretty sure there is only one style of off-road brake cartridge. The one's I linked you are the ones you'd want to get.
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Ok, that's what i needed to know. Thanks. I guess i misread Sheldon's spiel on the v-brakes.
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Shimano's lawyers would tell you that only Shimano makes V-Brakes and that the others are linear pull brakes.
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