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Old 08-04-05, 11:32 AM   #1
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replacing brake pads/cartridge shoes

I've recently looked at replacing my brake pads on a Cannondale Touring 800 bike. The touring bike has Avid Shorty 4 cantilever caliper brakes. The original brake cartridge had a post that joined the actual pad halfway along the distance of the pad. I see now that most replacement brake cartridges have the post join the cartridge and pad considerably closer to the front, perhaps about 1/3 the length of the pad/cartridge. Even a bike shop that I trust and that handles Cannondale bikes sold me Axiom Cartridge Brake Shoes of this different sort, as opposed to the original Shorty 4 system pads/cartridges.
Does anyone know whether this "new" design is an improvement in stopping power? Or should I keep searching for "orginal" equipment if I want my brakes to operate as before? Thanks. rcd
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My gut feel is you should find no difference between the 1/2 and 1/3 post pads. This same topic was discussed a few months back, you might want to search the archive, but I basically recall the conclusion was "no difference".

I have a set a V-brakes and just about all (if not all) pads are of the 1/3 design.
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