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Early DURA-ACE Brake Holder and Pad replacement

Old 05-10-12, 03:45 PM
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Early DURA-ACE Brake Holder and Pad replacement

I would like to replace these Holders and Pads. Something that looks period would be a plus. Kool Stop Continentals are an option...any other suggestions?

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-D


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I have the same brakes and went cheap, the Cane Creek grey matter pads. They look nice, and for $8 for 4 pads, the price is amazing. However, you get what you pay for....they pretty much suck.
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Jagwire X-Pads are better than you would think they would be for the the price. They're better than the original Dura Ace pads for sure. You just need to find an eBay seller that will sell you four of them because they're normally sold by the card of 20.

https://www.amazon.com/Jagwire-X-Cali.../dp/B001GSSHKK
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Why do you want to replace the holders? can't you slip new pads into them?
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Both ends are closed on 1st generation Dura Ace shoes. We're not stupid.
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Caliper brake shoes of that flavor are basic replacement brake shoes; your LBS probably has them for $1.00/ each.

If you want current generation pad materials and stopping power but 'old school' styling there isn't such a beast.

Why not use current generation DA or Ultegra brake shoes? They'll fit in those calipers easily, and at least they'll
be brand specific!
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kool-Stop-Cy...#ht_500wt_1180
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Thanks. These look like the best option.

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Jagwire X-Pads are better than you would think they would be for the the price. They're better than the original Dura Ace pads for sure. You just need to find an eBay seller that will sell you four of them because they're normally sold by the card of 20.

https://www.amazon.com/Jagwire-X-Cali.../dp/B001GSSHKK
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
Both ends are closed on 1st generation Dura Ace shoes. We're not stupid.
You can still replace them with Kool Stop pads made for Campagnolo holders. I replaced the original pads in my first generation Superbe holders recently.

That said, the JagWire X-type pads are good shoes. I've used them on several bikes.
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If you want to split that board of 20 Jagwire pads, I'd buy at least 8.
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Originally Posted by oldskoolwrench View Post
Caliper brake shoes of that flavor are basic replacement brake shoes; your LBS probably has them for $1.00/ each.

If you want current generation pad materials and stopping power but 'old school' styling there isn't such a beast.

Why not use current generation DA or Ultegra brake shoes? They'll fit in those calipers easily, and at least they'll
be brand specific!
I think modern holders and pads look stupid on vintage brakes. That's just my opinion, of course. The Jagwires look very similar to the originals, especially if you use the Dura Ace nuts and washers. The pad material is modern and they work very well. I have them on my identical Dura Ace brakes. Just because they're not expensive doesn't mean they are low quality. They replaced hideous Kool Stop Continentals and I noticed no difference in braking performance.

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ebay seller b2bore seems to have a good supply of NOS/NIP Dura Ace EX pads in cartridge with nuts. last time I checked you could BIN a 10-pack for $69. seller lowtechbikes often has lots of early DA/600 stuff. I bought a package of the EX replacement pads for several sets of EX calipers and a couple of 1st-gens like yours and they look perfect and work really well.
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