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Old 11-06-08, 03:17 PM
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Can I use Kool Stop Salmon pads on carbon rims temporarily...

...until my Swiss Stop Yellows come in, or are there horrific consequences (I've never owned carbon wheels before)?
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Just make sure there aren't any little aluminum shards in the pads. They will eat up your braking surface. If the pads are new, you're totally OK. If they're used, be careful.
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Just expect the pads to be gone by the Swiss Stops come in.
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Just expect the pads to be gone by the Swiss Stops come in.

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Old 11-07-08, 01:22 PM
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Why is cork needed for carbon rims? Is it harder than any rubber pads?
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Cork doesn't conduct heat, and there for melt like rubber pads. The carbon rim itself is an insulator, meaning that it holds in a lot of heat and can melt soft rubber. Aluminum rims dissipate heat and stay much cooler. The problem is when you use cork pads in the rain, cork is like a sponge which equals bad news. The Swiss Stop yellow aren't made from cork, and are about as good as you can get for caron rims.
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Regular rubber pads don't work well on carbon. They either desintigrate or they damage the carbon. Cork pads work great on some carbon rims and poorly on others.

If I had some spiffy new carbon rims I'd wait until I had brake pads recommended by the rim manufacturer. The rim makers often won't warranty a rim that's been damaged by using the wrong pads, or from using pads that have been used on aluminum rims.
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where did u find the salmon ones? i cant find them anywhere!
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Excel Sports has them, also I think REI does to. I have never been able to find them in any bike shop though, but there are several distributors around that have them, so most any bike shop could order them for you.


Edit: KoolStops are easy for any bike shop to get, but Swiss Stops are a different story. They will have to jump through some hoops to gt those.
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