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    Brake pads, opinions wanted

    I have some items to purchase and I just need one more, a set of brake pads. Most people recommend Kool Stop and I would get them except that my supplier doesn't carry them, just Clarks, Tioga, Shimano, etc. I am interested in the Clarks as they seem to be the best of the lot in this store's supply.

    Has anyone been able to test both and how do they compare?

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    Why not buy some kool stops online? I can tell you they are better than anything I've tried.

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    Did you ask the store what they can Order ? or do you just like walking in and taking what the Manager stocks.

    They're not Mind Readers. speak Up .. NB: summer restocks are Frequent.

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    Everyone here will tell you to get Kool Stop Salmon pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CenturionIM View Post
    Everyone here will tell you to get Kool Stop Salmon pads.
    .... or the Dual Compounds

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    I've heard good things about the rain performance of the most recent Shimano Dura-Ace - I think they came out last year? Not sure, but I know they were a *lot* better in the wet than the previous versions.

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    Koolstops or Dia Compe gray.

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    Fine, whatever!! Koolstops it is then!

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    Buy both , decide the comparison yourself.

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    Actually, it is for my wife's bike so I won't be able to test them. She is not much of a rider so there won't be much of an opportunity to test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imi View Post
    .... or the Dual Compounds
    Dual compounds or even the blacks........
    Depends on how much rain and muck where you ride.....
    Pretty dry, here.....duals or blacks have been my last 3 pad purchases.....

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    OEM Avid rim brake pads are pretty darn good.

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    My wife will be a fair weather rider. I hear that the dual compounds are better.

    Also, I have a question. Unless I missed it, the Kool stop website doesn't list the salmon pads but Sheldon Brown's does. How do the salmon compare with black or dual?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrickards View Post
    Actually, it is for my wife's bike so I won't be able to test them. She is not much of a rider so there won't be much of an opportunity to test.
    In that case, make sure she's in the habit of feathering the front brake until she gets used to the AWESOME STOPPING POWER OF KOOL-STOP PADS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    In that case, make sure she's in the habit of feathering the front brake until she gets used to the AWESOME STOPPING POWER OF KOOL-STOP PADS.
    I dunno - I have the Pink Salmon pads, supposedly the best for rain, and I got caught out in the rain tonight.

    I felt like I had 50-60% of the stopping power that I normally have. I'm just saying - it's no miracle. You're not going to get dry weather performance out of them.

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