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Old 06-07-07, 05:36 AM
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First post! New bike w/ brake question.

Hi all.
First time post.

I'm 49 yrs old, and back on a road bike after a 15 year layoff. My first order of business is to knock off the extra 20lbs I'm carrying. ...And the bike is the way to go.

I just purchased a new Specialized Sequoia Elite road bike. My research told be that the geometry would work for me.

However, I find the brakes lag too much for me. Basically, the bike doesn't stop when I want it to, and that could be dangerous.

I want to change the pads.

The component group is a combination of Shimano parts.
However, there is no group name on the brake calipers.

Can someone direct me to the proper pads needed to give me better braking power?

Here's a picture of the brake caliper:

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Old 06-07-07, 05:49 AM
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I've never used them, but Koolstop pads seem to have a wide following. They make a brake pad for every condition imaginable.
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Old 06-07-07, 05:51 AM
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Are you certain it is the mechanics of the brakes and not your form?
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Old 06-07-07, 06:01 AM
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Originally Posted by DieselDan
Are you certain it is the mechanics of the brakes and not your form?
I'm sorry, I don't understand what you mean by "form".

Can you elaborate?
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You could tighten the tension on the cables and/or try cool stop salmons.
I did the first, it helped, and soon i'll do the second as well.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche
You could tighten the tension on the cables and/or try cool stop salmons.
I did the first, it helped, and soon i'll do the second as well.
+1
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You want these ones.

Tektro brakes (which those almost certainly are) take Shimano style pads. They will make a noticeable difference, as the stock pads with Tektros are rubbish in my experience, but remember that the power is in the front brake. Also make sure that the brakes are set up correctly.
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The tension is fine, the mechanics are fine.

I did a search, and found that I'm not alone with stopping ability on the Specialized road bikes. Apparently, others have the same issue, and the Koolstops were the cure.

Thanks all!
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Old 06-07-07, 07:44 AM
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OP - you've gotten all the right advice in the previous posts on brake pads. One more thought here: You'll get more sensitive modulation of braking if the brake pads toe-in slightly at the front edge. By toeing in a bit (a couple of millimeters), you'll be able to regulate braking action better. Some brake pad holders have a bolt that allows this toe-in to be set; if yours don't, you can use the old-fashioned method - just bend them a bit.
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Leave the toe-in alone. Just change the pads and you will be fine.
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Originally Posted by Anthony8858
The tension is fine, the mechanics are fine.

I did a search, and found that I'm not alone with stopping ability on the Specialized road bikes. Apparently, others have the same issue, and the Koolstops were the cure.

Thanks all!
I have the same stopping issues with the brakes on my Specialized Dolce. It takes forever to stop. Plan on changing those out this weekend.
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Old 06-07-07, 12:25 PM
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After reading this forum for around a year I was infected with the dreaded OCP virus and was forced to build a bike over the winter. I equipped it with a full Campy Record group, which comes with nice pads. after I was done I was searching for upgrades and decided to go with the KOOLSTOP SALMON pads. Not because I needed better brakes but just to be OCP. After the install I went out to my driveway in my sandals to test them (expecting not much difference). At first I could DEFINITELY tell the difference at a whopping 2-3 MPH. So I kicked it up to around 5 MPH and braced myself, then cranked them down. I was just about thrown from my bike. Needless to say I am a believer in good brake pads so go with the KOOLSTOP SALMON.
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Shimano Dura Ace level pads will make a noticeable difference as well and most LBS will have them in stock.
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OP -- maybe it's stock pads in general. I have the same issue with my C-dale Synapse Alloy that comes with Cannondale Delta brakeset. I squeeze the brakes and it feels like my speed slows just a tiny bit. I really have to squeeze hard to make the bike stop. I know -- you don't want to stop too suddenly and flip over the front, but it just feels like there is no real braking action going on unless I keep squeezing.
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Originally Posted by mleess
OP -- maybe it's stock pads in general. I have the same issue with my C-dale Synapse Alloy that comes with Cannondale Delta brakeset. I squeeze the brakes and it feels like my speed slows just a tiny bit. I really have to squeeze hard to make the bike stop. I know -- you don't want to stop too suddenly and flip over the front, but it just feels like there is no real braking action going on unless I keep squeezing.
Change pads and then adjust tension QR so that rear brakes grab a split second before the fronts. Then you won't flip.
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Old 06-07-07, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by jsharr
Shimano Dura Ace level pads will make a noticeable difference as well and most LBS will have them in stock.
Picked up a set of Dura- Ace pads today. They seem much better.
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