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Kool Stop brake pads smooth post cantilever options ?

Old 05-20-21, 12:56 PM
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Kool Stop brake pads smooth post cantilever options ?

hello quick question : i have several 1980s era bicycles that use basic shimano cantilever brakes. i've been using these Kool Stop Salmon smooth posts and braking is good





curious if anyone's used these longer but thinner smooth post Kool Stops for better braking ? or if these are only for newer V-Brakes :


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Old 05-20-21, 03:35 PM
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I use the Thinlines (the middle picture) on my Voyageur SP due to fork clearance issues. I’ve been happy with their performance. There’s something vaguely elegant about their long shape too.
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Old 05-20-21, 04:44 PM
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I've used both, and I haven't noticed any difference in the braking. The top ones look more period correct, if that matters to you.
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I only use the thinline ones when I need to short ones to open a brake larger. The thinner pad has that slot in the perfect spot to cut.
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I use these, so once I get the toe set, I just replace cartridges as needed.
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I use the Kool Stop Eagle 2 (formerly Eagle Claw) on the rear wheel, and thinline Jagwire black pads on the front. Only reason I do that is because the Eagle 2 pads are very thick and won't quite clear the fork enough to drop the wheel easily or reinsert an inflated tire after patching.

The Jagwire thinline black pad is longer than usual and curved to match the rim curve. It's just as effective as the Kool Stops in the wet. The Eagle 2 pads have a wedge surface that helps scrape mud and gunk off the rim, but I haven't ridden in many situations where that was necessary. I'm not a hardcore gravel or off-road rider.

Only difference is the Kool Stop Eagle 2 pads are easy to toe-in, while the Jagwire thinline is a bit trickier. The Eagle 2 pad is essentially self-aligning -- just mash it flat against the rim and it's toed-in. Maybe it'll need a ride with some braking to wear it in but it'll brake quietly very quickly. The Jagwire pad needs the usual toe-in tricks -- I use zip ties to tip the pad just slightly, which I find easier than using a card, coin or other trick for toeing-in a pad for canti brakes.
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Originally Posted by fender1 View Post
I use these, so once I get the toe set, I just replace cartridges as needed.
I've got these on 2 bikes as well:

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I've used Kool-stop ThinLines (salmon) on all the bikes I've built up except one -- the only one with smooth post pads. Oh, sorry, two -- I used the Supra (salmon) pads on a Specialized Hard Rock with cantis. I like the Thinlines a lot, and they've been reliable and long-lasting too.
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