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Cartridge brakes - replace pads or the whole thing?

Old 01-09-15, 06:13 PM
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Cartridge brakes - replace pads or the whole thing?

I have a bike with cartridge brake pads.

I also have a pair of almost brand new Kool Stop threaded red brake pads.

Should I:

a) Buy new cartridge pads to replace the current brake pads?

or

b) Pull out the entire brake assembly and replace with the Kool Stops?
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Old 01-09-15, 06:20 PM
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If you're looking to save money,use the pads you have. If you're looking to save time/effort,get the cartridges.
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Toss a coin.
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I would simply buy replacement pads for your existing cartridge holders. Replacing just the pads is so much easier than undoing the old holders, putting in new, getting them aligned and tightened in place that you'll wonder how you lived without cartridge shoes for so long.
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The only real advantage cartridge pads have is that on an extended ride or tour they're slightly lighter and easier to pack. They're NOT necessarily easier to change or less expensive than an equivalent quality integrated brake pad.

So from there - just decide what's important to you.
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