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    Koolstop brakes for BR-L490 Light Action

    I'm looking to upgrade my 1987 Miyata 512 with new brakepads, but I can't figure out which pads are compatible. I did some research and I found out that my bike is equipped with the BR-L490 Light Action calipers:



    On Amazon the Koolstop is sold as "Dura-Ace/Ultegra", "V-type", and "threaded". Which one should I get?

    Also, would it be more cost effective for me to upgrade to dual-pivot brakes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emrldwpn View Post
    Also, would it be more cost effective for me to upgrade to dual-pivot brakes?
    I don't think so, those brakes should work pretty well.

    I bought the cartridge style Kool stops because my modern brakes had trouble with thick pads. They were a little expensive but they come with a spare set of pads and the holders look nice. Definitely not the cheap route.


    You might have luck with the kool stop thin line pads. I use them on my other bikes and the work very well but look a little strange.

    The Kool stop continentals might work, but know that they are on the thick side.
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