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Upgrade my stopping power

Old 11-04-10, 02:29 PM
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Upgrade my stopping power

Hi all I am riding a stock 2006 KHS flite 300 and the bike is fine for except in one area, the brakes. Most of my riding is urban and a couple times now, one resulting in a crash, my brakes have not been able to stop in time.

I am sure some is due to inexperience but wondering if there were any ways to take my ability to slow down and stop up a few notches.

Stock brakes are just some no name black ones....

Thanks for any help you can offer!
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Originally Posted by Ansir View Post
Hi all I am riding a stock 2006 KHS flite 300 and the bike is fine for except in one area, the brakes. Most of my riding is urban and a couple times now, one resulting in a crash, my brakes have not been able to stop in time.

I am sure some is due to inexperience but wondering if there were any ways to take my ability to slow down and stop up a few notches.

Stock brakes are just some no name black ones....

Thanks for any help you can offer!
correct.
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Like you're saying, the first thing to do is to change the pads. The "Koolstop Salmon" pads have a good reputation for all kinds of performance, and especially wet weather performance. The latest Dura-Ace pads sound pretty good to - I've heard a little better than the previous-gen 7800 pads in dry weather, much much better performance in wet weather.

That's the first thing to try. After that come questions about if the cables going to the brakes need to be replaced, if the brakes (mostly the pads) are aligned correctly, whether a better or wider tire might help, and lastly whether the brakes themselves need to be replaced. But the most likely (and cheapest and easiest) place to start is by replacing the brake pads.

After that you get get into technique - making sure you're applying force on both brakes (not just the back brake), but applying more force to the front brake (and then bracing yourself back).

Crappy brake pads can definitely, definitely make a huge difference in your stopping power. Just to be repetitive - yes, I'd start there. :-)
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+1 pads
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+1 pads
+1 experience
Kool Stops
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Originally Posted by ptle View Post
Kool Stops
I still prefer Swiss Stop. The green pads work really well on aluminum, and the yellow pads work pretty well on aluminum and carbon.
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I still prefer Swiss Stop. The green pads work really well on aluminum, and the yellow pads work pretty well on aluminum and carbon.
That's usually my other recommendation based on what I've heard... I've only tried Kool Stops though, and they work great. I've never seen or tried Swiss Stops.
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Awesome guys, thanks for all the help, I am glad this resource is here. I was not using my front brake at all, so I will try that with some new pads. Thanks Again!
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Originally Posted by Ansir View Post
Awesome guys, thanks for all the help, I am glad this resource is here. I was not using my front brake at all, so I will try that with some new pads. Thanks Again!
Well theirs your problem, most of the stopping power comes from the front, not the back. This changes everything, try using both brakes and if you still can't stop then get new pads.
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Originally Posted by Ansir View Post
Awesome guys, thanks for all the help, I am glad this resource is here. I was not using my front brake at all, so I will try that with some new pads. Thanks Again!
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Well theirs your problem, most of the stopping power comes from the front, not the back. This changes everything, try using both brakes and if you still can't stop then get new pads.
Yeah, it's something crazy like 70% or 80% of your stopping power comes from the front brake. If you're emergency stopping, you need to brace yourself back on the bike a little if you use mostly or only the front brake - it's also the most effective way to stop.
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Stopping Power Pro.
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Originally Posted by alexvpaq View Post


Stopping Power Pro.
awesome!

DA 7800 ftw.

use your front brake more.

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