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Old 02-13-14, 06:14 PM   #1
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Are there special brake pads for 20 inch wheels?

Hi All !!, well, down to adjusting the brake pads on my project and noticing that the curve of the brake pad is not curved enough for the small 20 inch wheels without rubbing the tire or the bottom area below the brake pad surface. I am using KCNC v brakes. Any suggestions? Thanks..
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Old 02-13-14, 06:37 PM   #2
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Nothing "special"

I have Dura 2 Kool Stop Salmon pad inserts in my Brompton .. (a dual pivot type these days)

V brakes I'd suggest the short Cross Pads bolt fixed type.

http://www.koolstop.com/english/rim_pads.html http://www.koolstop.com/english/crosspad.html

because they're shorter..


the KS continental is good too , http://www.koolstop.com/english/continental.html
but the bolt is short so the V brake cup and dome washers wont fit.

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Old 02-13-14, 07:06 PM   #3
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If you opt for the Koolstop salmon then go with the short ones. I bought the BMX dual compound figuring that surely they'd fit a 20" wheel... nope, not curved enough. I had to modify them.
http://www.koolstop.com/english/bmx.html
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If you opt for the Koolstop salmon then go with the short ones. I bought the BMX dual compound figuring that surely they'd fit a 20" wheel... nope, not curved enough. I had to modify them.
http://www.koolstop.com/english/bmx.html
Hi BassNotBass, what kind of wheels were you using these on?
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spoke to koolstop and they also suggested cross pads !

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Nothing "special"

I have Dura 2 Kool Stop Salmon pad inserts in my Brompton .. (a dual pivot type these days)

V brakes I'd suggest the short Cross Pads bolt fixed type.

http://www.koolstop.com/english/rim_pads.html http://www.koolstop.com/english/crosspad.html

because they're shorter..


the KS continental is good too , http://www.koolstop.com/english/continental.html
but the bolt is short so the V brake cup and dome washers wont fit.

I spoke to koolstop (very helpful !!) And they also suggested cross pads. They also now have them in anodized gunmetal and red. I had to buy from them but only $24.00 and free shipping!! No one has anodized yet..
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Hi BassNotBass, what kind of wheels were you using these on?
Alexisrims DM18 406 as fitted to my Bike Friday.
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Old 07-13-14, 07:44 PM   #7
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It was suggested to use the dual compound vs the tripple compound of the Koolstop line to be more gentle to the machined surface of the nice rims we install on our folders. Just FYI. I just fitted some dual compound on my 451 size rims with DA 7900 caliper brakes ! I can't wait to try them out..
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I'm using Tektro P720.12 on my 16" 305 wheel. fits well.

55mm short pads like Clarks 453CV maybe also OK for small wheels. Clarks CP 453CV Brake Shoes CLK Cross Cart 55mm Adj Angle B O | eBay
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Old 07-15-14, 01:50 PM   #9
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I wish I had run into this thread a few days ago when I ordered from Amazon. I ordered the Kool Stop "Mountain" pads. I guess those won't work for V-brakes and 20" wheels?
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I just thought I'd report that I installed the Kool Stop Mountains on my bike. They fit my 20" rims just about perfectly, though there isn't much room for error. The curve look like it was designed for 20" wheels. One annoyance though is the plow tip thing that sticks out a bit at the rear of the pad. It's supposed to squeegee water in the rain, but on my v-brakes, even with the brake pull a bit longer than I'd like, they rub against the rim, so the wheel doesn't spin quite freely. I don't feel it while I'm riding though, so it's probably a minor thing. I could shave them down, I suppose, but I haven't bothered yet. Maybe they'll wear off.
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