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Kool Stop Salmon or Black

Old 07-05-08, 01:24 PM
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Kool Stop Salmon or Black

I'm disappointed with the stock brakes on my Cannondale. Before I go to the extreme and replace the calipers, I thought I would change to Kool Stop pads and see what happens. Most of my riding is in the dry. Riding in the wet is rare.

Kool Stop makes three componds. I've read great comments about the Salmon compound (including Sheldon), but they are labeled for wet conditions. Not that it wouldn't still be suitable for dry. Their black compound is listed for dry conditions.

What really is the best Kool Stop compound for mostly dry conditions then, black or salmon?
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Old 07-05-08, 01:27 PM
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rtfm.
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Just get salmon... good for all conditions.
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I run Salmons up front, they are much better than the OEM black pads.
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Old 07-05-08, 01:46 PM
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I put the black kool-stop pads on my cane creek brakes and it improved them.
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Why choose when you can sit on the fence?



They're all very good pads, most people that bother to make the switch use salmon.
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Huh?
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I use Salmon pads for all conditions. They wear faster than black pads in dry conditions hence they are classified as wet weather pads. Salmon pads feel better to use and they require less hand force to brake. In an ultimate brake force test the black pads are a little better but require more force to use. The softer Salmon pads are nicer on your rims which is a definite bonus.

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Originally Posted by AnthonyG View Post
I use Salmon pads for all conditions. They wear faster than black pads in dry conditions hence they are classified as wet weather pads. Salmon pads feel better to use and they require less hand force to brake. In an ultimate brake force test the black pads are a little better but require more force to use. The softer Salmon pads are nicer on your rims which is a definite bonus.

Regards, Anthony
I agree with all that, but I prefer the black pads most of the time for exactly the same reasons (except because they need a little stronger pull, I find the blacks easier to modulate). The exception is when it's damp and cold (below 50 degrees or so) - in those conditions the salmon pads definitely work better.

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Old 07-05-08, 07:29 PM
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Salmon: Smaller modulation range, acute stopping power but they don't last as long as the black. Just swap 'em out once a season, it's only like 20 bucks.
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