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best brake pads for alloy rims?

Old 11-10-14, 12:50 PM
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best brake pads for alloy rims?

Just the inserts or pads not the actual calipers. I've heard good things about kool stop pads and was leaning towards that but not really sure what model I should get
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Old 11-10-14, 12:55 PM
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Kool stop salmon. They are all weather pads that are more gentler on the brake track but wear relatively faster than other pads.
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Kool Stop salmon.
Yokozuna salmon.
SwissStop blue.
TRP's stock black pads.

The TRP pads are probably THE best pads I've used. They come stock on the company's RG957 brakes, but you can also purchase them separately. I don't know who makes them, but they out-stop every other pad I've used.
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+2 kool stop salmons, reasonably priced and reliable for daily use
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Originally Posted by Elvo View Post
Kool stop salmon. They are all weather pads that are more gentler on the brake track but wear relatively faster than other pads.
I agree with this, except without the grammatical double comparative. Yes, I am that guy. Sorry.
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I didn't like koolstop salmon.

Swisstop are what I use currently.

Best cheap ones would be Shimano's revised pads, really like those.

Worst pads I ever used? TRP pads.
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I see a lot of consensus here
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I like Shimano Dura Ace/Ultegra pads.
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I use Koolstop salmon on the front, dual on the rear.
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I haven't seen significant performance differences between all weather Shimano, Koolstop or Swisstop. Koolstop had this weird residue from braking. I would have to clean the brakes and rims more often or the stopping power would be affected.
- When Koolstop wears out, I'll get the cheaper Shimano all weather again, they worked great even in snow and rain.

The only advice I would give, DO NOT GET TRP Pads. Those pads are worthless.
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Originally Posted by momo15 View Post
I agree with this, except without the grammatical double comparative. Yes, I am that guy. Sorry.
Don't apologize! Embrace your inner Grammar NAZI and make us all hesitate before posting in any thread we think you might ever possibly read...or cause use put you in our IGNORE lists because you're a pedant.
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Don't apologize! Embrace your inner Grammar NAZI and make us all hesitate before posting in any thread we think you might ever possibly read...or cause use put you in our IGNORE lists because you're a pedant.
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I run kool stop blacks and they are very good pads. They can squeal a bit; I've experimented a bit with adjustment them so that this issue is minimized.

I've test ridden ultegra pads and those are good as well. New 105 pads seem to be pretty good also. I do think kool stops work a bit better.
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I run kool stop blacks and they are very good pads. They can squeal a bit; I've experimented a bit with adjustment them so that this issue is minimized.

I've test ridden ultegra pads and those are good as well. New 105 pads seem to be pretty good also. I do think kool stops work a bit better.
I had some squealing too. But then discovered it was because the housing and cable length was too short so when I was breaking, it was pulling on the brakes oddly, causing the squeaking.
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Originally Posted by joe_5700 View Post
I like Shimano Dura Ace/Ultegra pads.
My Ultegra 6700 brakes stop my 225lb a** on a dime, if they should ever wear out I'll be going with Shimano again unless I get some Carbon Clinchers for X-mas?
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My Ultegra 6700 brakes stop my 225lb a** on a dime, if they should ever wear out I'll be going with Shimano again unless I get some Carbon Clinchers for X-mas?
Shimano make carbon pads too.
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Shimano Dura Ace/Ultegra pads are very good now. Impressive modulation and stopping power.
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I use Koolstop salmon on the front, dual on the rear.
I've got the reverse of your set-up. Koolstop salmon on the rear, dual compound on the front. I've got Koolstops on both main riders, they work great, way better than whatever came OEM on both bikes.
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I used to use Koolstop salmon, but lately I have gotten lazy and even though I mostly ride aluminum rims I leave the carbon pads in full time and just pick the shards out when I actually use my carbon wheels.

They don't seem to bad on AL.
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I finally got tired of the Koolstop Salmon and combo pads. I thought they gumped the rim a bit, wore the rims too fast and squealed too much. I wanted to go Swisstop Blue, but they don't make them for V-brakes, so I went Swisstop GHP2. They don't squeal, don't seem to leave residue, stop really well in the dry and OK in the wet. We'll see about the rim wear. So far so good.
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SwissStop Blue for my seven alloy rims. They are quiet and don't chew up your brake track.
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Swissstop Blue user here, Koolstop availability is poor locally vs other brands, so have not used them, tried Swissstop Green before, OK on Campag brakes, great on v-type, but didn't like them on Shimano calipers, strange as they should all have exactly the same pad material. For TRP pads, they made my CX-9 brakes feel useless, changed to really good brakes when swapped to Swissstop blue.

For budget pads, have found Shimano stock (105/Ultegra) R55R3/4 pads are pretty good.
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
I finally got tired of the Koolstop Salmon and combo pads. I thought they gumped the rim a bit, wore the rims too fast and squealed too much. I wanted to go Swisstop Blue, but they don't make them for V-brakes, so I went Swisstop GHP2. They don't squeal, don't seem to leave residue, stop really well in the dry and OK in the wet. We'll see about the rim wear. So far so good.
Brake pads for my sedan are cheaper than four GHP2 brake inserts for my bicycle.....
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Brake pads for my sedan are cheaper than four GHP2 brake inserts for my bicycle.....
Your car's pads don't have the Swiss precision engineering.
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Your car's pads don't have the Swiss precision engineering.
Nor the Swiss Precision Bull
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