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SwissStop Flash Pro BXP Pads, Are They Supposed to be Equal to Koolstops?

Old 05-18-15, 10:30 AM
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SwissStop Flash Pro BXP Pads, Are They Supposed to be Equal to Koolstops?

I picked up a set of 7800 DA brakes. The guy selling them included a set of SwissStop, Flash Pro BXP pads that look almost new. He made something of big deal about how good the pads were. OK, I mount them on my Tarmac to replace the Tektro brakes (that have Koolstop combos that I added). I test ride the DA's and, they suck. I'm not stopping as quickly as I did with the Tektro brakes. I conduct a quick and dirty test. I stand over the bike, apply the brakes and push. If I can make the wheel turn while applying the brakes, it fails. With the BXP pads, I can make the front wheel turn, no problem. I changed out the pads to mount the Koolstop combos in the DA brakes. What a difference. No way I can make the wheels turn with the brakes applied, the tires will only skid. I tried riding the bike and now I like the outcome, quick stops.
So, am I missing something? Are the SwissStop pads supposed to equal the Koolstops or are they just an OK pad. If they are supposed to be superior, I'd like to use them on my rain bike, an old Cannondale, if not then maybe just toss them. Any opinions on these pads?
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Originally Posted by roccobike View Post
I conduct a quick and dirty test. I stand over the bike, apply the brakes and push. If I can make the wheel turn while applying the brakes, it fails.
The only reason I can think of that any pad would fail this quick and dirty test is if the brakes were not adjusted to allow full pressure, or if full pressure were not being applied.

I run BXP pads on one of my bikes and they are different -- the modulation range is very high, which means you can get very light braking and when you keep applying pressure the stopping power keeps building, but more gradually than with other pads I've used. I've never felt wanting for more braking power from them.

That might not be your cup of tea depending on how you adjust your brakes. If you adjust for a very firm lever feel (lever travel stops well before nearing the handlebar) you get less mechanical advantage from the lever and your hands will need to make up for it with force on the lever.
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