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Good buy on Swisstop Yellow King brake pads?

Old 04-22-13, 07:41 AM
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Good buy on Swisstop Yellow King brake pads?

Swisstop Yellow Kings always seem to be going for about $50 on line. Bike Wagon has a BIN-OBO listing on ebay right now with the BIN price at $49.99 + 4.50 shipping. I just snagged a set with a $42.00 offer. Partly asking was that a decent price? Partly just letting folks know in case they are interested for themselves. YMMV. BTW the ones I bought were Campy model (for Zero Gravity).

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You'll probably start seeing them on sale since the Black Prince is available now (and a much better brake pad). Places that have tons of yellow pads left over will want to get rid of them. My thinking (since pads will last you between half a year to a year) is go ahead and spend a couple extra bucks to get the nicer ones. 1-2 dollars per month to have better braking is certainly worth it.
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Originally Posted by coachboyd View Post
You'll probably start seeing them on sale since the Black Prince is available now (and a much better brake pad). Places that have tons of yellow pads left over will want to get rid of them. My thinking (since pads will last you between half a year to a year) is go ahead and spend a couple extra bucks to get the nicer ones. 1-2 dollars per month to have better braking is certainly worth it.
Thanks for that information. Good to know. I like the yellow because they also work well on aluminum in case I swap wheels. Do you know anything about the Black Prince in that regard?
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Thanks for that information. Good to know. I like the yellow because they also work well on aluminum in case I swap wheels. Do you know anything about the Black Prince in that regard?
The yellows do not also work well on aluminum and they will pick up shards of alloy that can really damage your carbon wheels. Swissstop made the claim a long time ago about this but caught some serious flack from carbon wheel manufacturers because of the alloy bits. They haven't claimed this in years but people still only remember that one time long ago when Swissstop said they can be used on both.

NO brake pad should be used with both alloy and carbon wheels. It takes less than 90 seconds to swap out 4 brake pads, just do it.
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The yellows do not also work well on aluminum and they will pick up shards of alloy that can really damage your carbon wheels. Swissstop made the claim a long time ago about this but caught some serious flack from carbon wheel manufacturers because of the alloy bits. They haven't claimed this in years but people still only remember that one time long ago when Swissstop said they can be used on both.

NO brake pad should be used with both alloy and carbon wheels. It takes less than 90 seconds to swap out 4 brake pads, just do it.
Thanks. I use a set of yellows on aluminum exclusively ever since they came with the brakes, so I guess that is okay. I understand about not going back and forth.
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I don't get it, but then I must be slow....

You can get Black Prince for about $40 if you look hard enough...so why would anyone bother with Yellow King at this point?

And...why would anyone knowingly choose to use expensive pads designed with carbon specific compound on alloy wheels?
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Originally Posted by gc3 View Post
I don't get it, but then I must be slow....

You can get Black Prince for about $40 if you look hard enough...so why would anyone bother with Yellow King at this point?

And...why would anyone knowingly choose to use expensive pads designed with carbon specific compound on alloy wheels?
They wouldn't bother with yellow at this point unless...I didn't now about the Black Prince. I have never had to buy pads before and never had carbon so I haven't kept up with the developments. The yellow pads came on the brakes a few years ago, so I have been using them with aluminum after determining that was all right. I didn't have anything else to do with them, so why buy another set and leave the yellow ones in a drawer? They work great on aluminum, so no harm. Now I am getting carbon and need pads for the brakes that will be used on that other bike. Up to this morning I thought the yellow ones were the top of the line, so that is what I searched for and bought.

As for my mistake, it is all taken care of. Bike Wagon changed the sale to Black Prince at the same price. Perhaps not the absolutely lowest price I could have gotten according to your post, but not far off.

Thanks everybody for the advice.

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If you want pads for alloy, check out the BXP by Swissstop. They'll work even better and they are a lot cheaper than their carbon options.
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