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Preferred brake pads for carbon rims?

Old 11-14-18, 11:15 AM
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Preferred brake pads for carbon rims?

I've been happy with blue Reynolds pads, which are worn close to the metal holders,

didn't like yellow Swiss Stop ones.

Do you have a go to type?
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
I've been happy with blue Reynolds pads, which are worn close to the metal holders,

didn't like yellow Swiss Stop ones.

Do you have a go to type?
Swiss Stop black prince are much better than SS yellow or Reynolds blue.
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Swiss Stop Black Prince. I have used the SS Yellow, and would not use them again. I use Zipp cork on my TT set ( disc rear and 404 front).
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Originally Posted by cycledogg View Post
Swiss Stop Black Prince. I have used the SS Yellow, and would not use them again. I use Zipp cork on my TT set ( disc rear and 404 front).
I like cork pads on CF hoops in dry weather. In the rain, cork pads are absolutely useless.
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Also heard SS BP are the ones to get.
I'm using Reynolds blue and have been happy with them.
Next go round I'll get whatever is cheaper.
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Different pads will work differently on different rims.

Make sense?

Many carbon manufacturers work with specific pad vendors and develop pads that work best with their rims. They adjust compounds to match resins.

The best option should be the specific pads offered by the rim vendor, when possible. Some rim makers don't offer pads. Some rim makers don't do a great job and just choose from the best open mold pad their vendor has.

My point is that you should look for others who are riding the same rims as you and ask them. The best pads for my rims might be terrible on yours and visa versa.

Having said that, there are several pads that work pretty well on almost all rims. You've already covered those. You'd probably be fine with any of those.
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Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
Different pads will work differently on different rims.

Make sense?

Many carbon manufacturers work with specific pad vendors and develop pads that work best with their rims. They adjust compounds to match resins.

The best option should be the specific pads offered by the rim vendor, when possible. Some rim makers don't offer pads. Some rim makers don't do a great job and just choose from the best open mold pad their vendor has.

My point is that you should look for others who are riding the same rims as you and ask them. The best pads for my rims might be terrible on yours and visa versa.

Having said that, there are several pads that work pretty well on almost all rims. You've already covered those. You'd probably be fine with any of those.



Yes, that makes sense, but I several CF wheelsets in use, and realistically am not going to swap brake shoes for them.

They brake differently, but I didn't notice any relative difference when switching between the yellow & the blue pads.

One wheelset (China carbon) has some texture on the brake track, & works well, but wears the pads noticeably faster.
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I was recommended these, my friend rate these- only $10 per set of 4
wiggle.com | Prime Carbon Pro Rim Brake Pads - Set of 4 | Rim Brake Pads

Note they wear out fast, but for the price you can get a few sets
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My reynolds wheels came with those blue pads and I hate them. Noisy AF. Swissstop black prince have been great (and much quieter for me).
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I found SS yellow to wear down too fast. My aero brakes are TRP so I decided to give their carbon pads a try and they seem to be working nicely. Don't know the exact model name but they are a dark brown.
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