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    Which brake pads are better?

    XLC Road Brake Shoes vs. Dia Compe

    http://www.niagaracycle.com/categori...set-of-4-black
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/categori...-box-76gx-grey

    They will mostly be used for bikes with steel wheels, I want to start using better pads than the ones I've been using, which are these:
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/categori...-shoes-box-100

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    I don't have experience with these particular choices, but I have found that there is a huge difference between the cheap brake pads I have used and more premium choices. I mostly have Koolstop pads on my bikes now and really like them. I have one bike with Aztek pads, which are also pretty good. I'm not a big fan of Shimano pads. They stop well, but seem to pick up a lot of grit where the others don't.

    I shop at Niagara too, but I usually look at Amazon for the huge number of user reviews available there. Since Niagara is an Amazon seller, you'll probably find these on Amazon, and there is a good chance that you'll find some user reviews for them.

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    Kool-Stop Continentals are very well thought of for those kind of rims and brakes:

    continental.jpg
    The leather-faced 'Raleigh Raincheck'-type blocks provide improved braking performance, especially in the wet:

    Rainchecks.jpg

    'Fibrax' made that type too as well as others that work better than most:

    red-fibrax-non-domed-nut.jpg

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    Kool Stop, Salmon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavement_nyc View Post
    They will mostly be used for bikes with steel wheels,.....
    +1 on the Kool Stop Salmons but don't expect much improvement from any brake pad. Steel rims give dreadful braking no matter what you clamp them with. They are poor in dry conditions and absolutely dangerous when wet.

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    The XLC pads are fine for most uses, but the grey matter ones are much better. They are my standard pad for steel rims at the shop. I prefer them to KoolStops but only because of price. KoolStop salmons have earned their reputation, but the grey matters are ALMOST as good on steel rims at half the price.

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    Those Raleigh Leather faced shoes were specifically for the old steel rod brake rigs, rim ... Steel
    braking surface, the inside face of the Rim.

    Given braking is about friction, there are rubber+ abrasive blocks for other purposes
    grinding through the chrome will be the result.

    for better brakung a Drum Brake Was the solution, like SA Steelight hubs ..
    Last edited by fietsbob; 04-09-13 at 06:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    for better brakung a Drum Brake Was the solution, like SA Steelight hubs ..
    Not only drum brakes. Aluminum rims with any pad are far better than steel rims with the best pads available.

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    Kool Stop salmons is about the most you can do for steel rims. Braking will still be virtually nothing when wet.

    Aluminum rims and most any pad for acceptable braking.
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