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Which Kool Stop pads for Gran Compe calipers?

Old 10-11-17, 08:25 AM
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Which Kool Stop pads for Gran Compe calipers?

I am finally on the verge of completing the '78 Fuji Newest build. One thing that is missing are the break pads. Initially I was planning on swapping out the original brakes but I have decided to go mostly original with this build. Which Kool Stop pads would be appropriate for these calipers? The original pads are rock hard. Continental perhaps?

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Those were campy copies, and used a campy style pad holder. If you could find them campy holders would work.

Koolstop continentals are a bit too cheap looking I think for that deluxe brake. I'd go with kool stop 'dura'. They work well, if looking a bit modern. They are plain silver and the logos come off easily with 0000 steel wool.

Yokozuna makes a version of the old Mathauser finned pads if you want a period authentic look. That would have been a pretty common thing to see on these brakes when they were new.
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I thought about the Dura ones also. I use them on my commuter with Tektro 539's and like their stopping power and appearance. I agree that the Continentals would look a bit out of place.
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I would use the Kool Stop Cross pads. You need something that is as think from the inside of the arm to the rim as the originals were. I think the Cross Pads are the closest match, unless you want to buy some CampI holders off ebay

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I'm pretty sure that the Gran Compes are identical to Suntour Superbes. Kool Stop now sells Superbe pads which fit Superbe/Gran Compe holders perfectly. However, you don't appear to have the holders, so you can probably use almost any holder you like.
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I do have the holders. I should have stated that. I just took them off and put them to the side.
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Take a look at this thread I started a few months ago. It's mostly about early Dura Ace pads, but I've got two of the Dia Compe / Superbe pads in there as well.

Vintage brake pad refill thread

If you have the original holders, the Kool Stop Superbe pads are just about perfect. I would recommend the black over the salmon. I've had a lot of trouble with the salmon pads squealing on these Gran Compe calipers, while the black have been much quieter, and stop almost as well.
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If you don't have the pad holders, getting them will add to your cost. I use Shimano "M50/T" pads on my Gran Compe Royal S calipers and save a little money by not having to buy holders:

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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I would use the Kool Stop Cross pads. You need something that is as think from the inside of the arm to the rim as the originals were. I think the Cross Pads are the closest match, unless you want to buy some CampI holders off ebay

Kool Stop International - High Performance Bicycle Brake Pads Since 1977
I've used the canti-style Cross Pads on a few bikes- I really dig them.
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Originally Posted by greg3rd48 View Post
I do have the holders. I should have stated that. I just took them off and put them to the side.
I still vote for a Kool Stop blocks
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OK I ended up going with the replacement Kool Stop Superbe pads to fit the original pad holders. @davester @cdmurphy The old pads were easy enough to remove and replace without snapping the metal side. There is plenty of stopping power and they look great. Now to the last couple of steps for the build.

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