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    Senior Member JonathanGennick's Avatar
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    School me on brake pads

    Are brake pads for BMX bikes different than those for mountain-bikes? Is there any reason not to mount a pair of, say, Jagwire Basics v-brake pads on a BMX bike? Are pads for BMX bikes curved differently to match up with the smaller rim diameters?

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    umm they should fit as long as the pads are threaded.
    and pads the softer the better

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    Thanks. The pads I put on more or less fit. They had a longer tail than normal brake pads. The curve of the pads is probably a better match for a larger rim though. Not that it's a bad mismatch, but I did notice it upon looking closely.

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    Softer brake pads are not necessarily better. Depends on the sort of riding you're doing.

    Tricks requiring immediate stops at relatively low speeds DO benefit from the sticky, grabby soft brake pad compounds (most, if not all, clear pads are the softest). Softer pads wear faster. Much faster.

    Racing would require a more "conventional" brake pad compound like the black or "salmon" colored pads from Kool-Stop. For higher speeds you want more control and modulation, not super grabby skid-prone braking.

    20" wheels might curve too much for some of the longer v-brake pads, whereas a 24" wheel wouldn't present much of a problem in regards to compatibility.

    Kool-Stop's "Thinline" series of pads work well with v-brakes. They also sell a line of inserts that are compatible with Shimano-style brake pad cartridges.
    Despite the fact that I constantly recommend Kool-Stop brake pads-- no, I don't work for Kool-Stop. (Although their factory is just a few blocks from my house!)

    I ride drop bars off-road. (The excellent On-One "Midge.")

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    the compound of the pad seems to correlate with the finish on your rim.
    red pads- raw, machined, or anodized rims
    black pads- chrome rims
    clear- painted rims

    i had red pads on my bike, then went from a machined rim to a chrome rim and the pads were way too sticky! i switched to black Kool Stops and the brake felt much better.

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    Clear pads on a chrome rim stick like glue from what I've heard.

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