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Good brake pads that can work on my old Modolo brakes?

Old 09-18-10, 05:21 PM
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Good brake pads that can work on my old Modolo brakes?

I just picked up a circa 87 Bianchi and it has Modolo road brakes on it. The braking power is horrible and I would like to upgrade those pads as the first thing to try.

I've heard a lot of people saying the Kool Stop pads can work on these old brakes. Can someone give me more info about this? Can I go buy a pair new pads and fit them into my current brake pad holders?
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The braking performance of any single-pivot set up will be transformed by a set of Kool Stop pads.

Perhaps the pads are the original ones from the purchase of the Bianchi - in which case they will be rock solid and useless.

Be sure to thoroughly clean the braking surface of the wheel rim too.

Best of luck.
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I have an 87 CdI with Modolo Start calipers, and the Kool Stops made quite a difference. -( The result is still mediocre , but 1000x better than before )
In fact, if you have the same brakes as I do, you really don't have any other option if you value your skin!
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I just bought the standard Shimano pads my LBS had on the wall and they helped quite a bit.
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I put some Kstop dual compound on my '88 Trofeo w/ Modolo brakes. they work pretty well on the back. the style I chose won't fit on the front they are too long.

try these https://sheldonbrown.com/harris/brakeshoes.html these should give you the thickness you need from the cliper arm to braking surface to match your current modolo pads. you can get creative and shove Campi style blocks in your holders. I did it with my front brakes but won't do that again (even on Campi brakes) without a press
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
I put some Kstop dual compound on my '88 Trofeo w/ Modolo brakes. they work pretty well on the back. the style I chose won't fit on the front they are too long.

try these https://sheldonbrown.com/harris/brakeshoes.html these should give you the thickness you need from the cliper arm to braking surface to match your current modolo pads. you can get creative and shove Campi style blocks in your holders. I did it with my front brakes but won't do that again (even on Campi brakes) without a press
A stupid question, I see they have all different kinds of brake pads under the 'Complete Brake Shoes with Threaded Hardware' and wondering which one will actually fits on my brake? I see Bianchigirll mentioned the dual compound one are too long for the front brake so I want to make sure before I go ahead and order them online.
https://sheldonbrown.com/harris/brakeshoes.html#threaded

I am thinking to get these, if they will work on my Modolo brakes. The Kool Stop Supra 2 pads.
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They might. I used them on my Universal Mod61 centerpulls. I like the adjustability of those mounts.
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Ashon trust me they will not work on your front brake. they are asymetrical from the attachment point and will hit your fork. I tried these from KStop and had the same issue



you need somethingthe same lenght and caliper arm to braking surface as your Modolo pads are.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
Ashon trust me they will not work on your front brake. they are asymetrical from the attachment point and will hit your fork. I tried these from KStop and had the same issue



you need somethingthe same lenght and caliper arm to braking surface as your Modolo pads are.


Hi Bianchigirll. Will you know which one will actually works on my front brake? Thanks

This one maybe, theKool Stop Continental?


Or the only option, to shove these Campagnolo Nuovo Record into my current holders?

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I think you will have the best luck with the Continentals. they are a just an R&R swap. if you want to fool around and break a few nails the Campy blocks should fit your holders with some trimming. I personally won't change anymore until I get the Jagwire press (or access to a secure bench vise)

also while the daul compound I puton the back are OK I am hving squeal issues with the salmon 'Campi' styl blocks in the front.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
I think you will have the best luck with the Continentals. they are a just an R&R swap. if you want to fool around and break a few nails the Campy blocks should fit your holders with some trimming. I personally won't change anymore until I get the Jagwire press (or access to a secure bench vise)

also while the daul compound I puton the back are OK I am hving squeal issues with the salmon 'Campi' styl blocks in the front.
Sounds like the campi style one has way too many trouble and issues! I guess maybe I'll go for all Kool Stop Continentals or Supra 4 for the back and Continentals for the front. Glad you told me about this before I go ahead and pull the trigger.
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How about these Dura Ace-style Kool Stop holders and pads? They did wonders for my Tektros.

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I was wondering whether those would fit in my Nuovo Record brakes or not. I have the Campy pads (salmon) in there now and squeal city most of the time. I've filed some toe-in onto them, and clean with alcohol swabs, but still get squeal from the front and shudder (I guess) from the rear brake. I might also just get the black pads instead.
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Originally Posted by Pars
I was wondering whether those would fit in my Nuovo Record brakes or not. I have the Campy pads (salmon) in there now and squeal city most of the time. I've filed some toe-in onto them, and clean with alcohol swabs, but still get squeal from the front and shudder (I guess) from the rear brake. I might also just get the black pads instead.
Maybe the campy blocks are not that great? Seems like everyone gets the squeal issues with them.
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Just purchased my 2 pairs Kool Stop Continental from ebay. This ebay auction has 2 pairs for $19.50, which is not too bad for someone like me who can't find these brake pads in the LBS. It's cheaper (with the shipping) compared to the Sheldon Brown online store. Btw, Toronto's LBS are mostly overpriced or/and has very limited choice.

https://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...m=320588748419
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Originally Posted by ahson
Maybe the campy blocks are not that great? Seems like everyone gets the squeal issues with them.
Not everyone.
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois
Not everyone.
Any suggestions?
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Last year I bought some old Modolo Speedy calipers. They came with Madison pads, which I have never heard of, but they are great.
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Ahson, I know I initially suggested changing the pads, but you MAY want to consider upgrading those calipers. Everything else on your bike should work fine, but those calipers are not the greatest, and I find braking performance greatly impacts how much you enjoy riding a bike. I just switched the brakes on my Gitane to Galli Criteriums and the difference is unbelievable. You are in Toronto, and I can look through my parts bin - I may have something better I can give you for free in the meantime, until you can pick up something really good.
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https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ation-question

I tried the Kool Stop: KS-CR reported in the thread above. They fit nice and snug into the modolo holder but you need to round off one end and they stop about 1mm short of the non-rounded end. With a bit of patience they can look really well

Got mine on ebay. They're not exactly cheap...think about $30 for 4 shipping incl.
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Ahson, I know I initially suggested changing the pads, but you MAY want to consider upgrading those calipers. Everything else on your bike should work fine, but those calipers are not the greatest, and I find braking performance greatly impacts how much you enjoy riding a bike. I just switched the brakes on my Gitane to Galli Criteriums and the difference is unbelievable. You are in Toronto, and I can look through my parts bin - I may have something better I can give you for free in the meantime, until you can pick up something really good.
That'll be nice, thanks in advance devinfan!
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Originally Posted by old_dreams
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ation-question

I tried the Kool Stop: KS-CR reported in the thread above. They fit nice and snug into the modolo holder but you need to round off one end and they stop about 1mm short of the non-rounded end. With a bit of patience they can look really well

Got mine on ebay. They're not exactly cheap...think about $30 for 4 shipping incl.
The one you got should be the Campy2000 brake pads? How difficult to put the new pads into your current Modolo holders?
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MAN.. stoked to see that somebody makes pads for modolos-- i have an old set of master pros on a vitus, and i just moved to the foothills of the shenandoahs where my NEW pads shudder in fear... KS/CR's on radar-- thank you!
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I rummaged through my "brakes bag" this morning and found some Dia Compe Gran Comp sidepulls that should work well (just the calipers, not the levers). I'm not using them obviously, so if you want to use them until you find something more Italian just send me an email at devin.fan@yahoo.ca and we can meet up somewhere. Devin


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That'll be nice, thanks in advance devinfan!
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Originally Posted by old_dreams
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ation-question

I tried the Kool Stop: KS-CR reported in the thread above. They fit nice and snug into the modolo holder but you need to round off one end and they stop about 1mm short of the non-rounded end. With a bit of patience they can look really well

Got mine on ebay. They're not exactly cheap...think about $30 for 4 shipping incl.
Link doesn't work.

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...e-Campy-brakes
This thread may be useful as well. Campy NR brakes are similar to Modolos.

The pad set that BG referenced
https://www.ebikestop.com/koolstop_cr...pad-BR2170.php

doesn't seem to appear in Kool Stop's current offerings, unless I am just missing it.
https://www.koolstop.com/brakes/index.php

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