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Old 07-01-08, 12:44 PM
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Brake Pads for V Brakes

I upgraded my new bike with XTR V brakes for an extended tour. I won’t have time to experiment with brake pads before I leave so I need some input into replacement brake pads. The question then is what replacement pads do you use for your V Brakes and why?

My tour will involve extended descents on unsealed, unpredictable roads so they will see lots of use. I need to anticipate lots of rain and dust, you know all the good stuff.
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These are the best I have used: Kool Stop Salmon compound threaded V-Brake Pads mountain, e.g.,:

https://www.cswestbikes.com/servlet/t...ompound/Detail
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Originally Posted by bwgride
These are the best I have used: Kool Stop Salmon compound threaded V-Brake Pads mountain, e.g.,:

https://www.cswestbikes.com/servlet/t...ompound/Detail
+1 Good Stuff
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+1 too
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No problems with going Kool Stop, but I think your XTR linear pulls should have a holder/pad combo. You only need the rubber part, not the threaded post. Should save you a buck or two, and it's dead easy to replace.

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Thanks to you all and such agreement in responses is very compelling.

I did replace the stock pads (inserts) that come with the brakes as they seemed to be chewing up my aluminum frames. A grinding sound while losing braking power is very attention grabbing. My LBS recommended the Kool Stop Salmon inserts so that is what I now have. They seem to be working out much better and your responses give me even more comfort so I will invest in several sets of these inserts before I leave.

Thanks again.
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+1 for salmon koolstops,
put them on the V-brakes on my 520.
work well in wet/grimy conditions.
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Originally Posted by Canadiense
Thanks to you all and such agreement in responses is very compelling.

I did replace the stock pads (inserts) that come with the brakes as they seemed to be chewing up my aluminum frames. A grinding sound while losing braking power is very attention grabbing. My LBS recommended the Kool Stop Salmon inserts so that is what I now have. They seem to be working out much better and your responses give me even more comfort so I will invest in several sets of these inserts before I leave.

Thanks again.
The kool stops are the way to go, it's hard to believe that shimano would put such crappy pads on such good brakes. The parallel pull brakes are wonderful.
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I'm in complete agreement. I'm not a hardline Shimano/Campy/SRAM evengelist (or detractor for that matter) but I do wonder why Shimano -clearly a quality component maker -continues to include concrete blocks as brake pads. You'd think they would have learnt by now.

On the flip side, I have to wonder how KoolStop are not ubiquitous in bike stores -sometimes they are actually hard to find and some online stores don't even have them!

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The kool stops are the way to go, it's hard to believe that shimano would put such crappy pads on such good brakes. The parallel pull brakes are wonderful.
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Not an expert, but I bet Bike shops have problems selling the kool-stops to much/most of the populace when they are next to the more inexpensive pads they are probably more or less required to sell as part of their dealership agreements. People in the know will pay it but the average guy off the street might not.
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The thing I love most about Kool Stops is how they make braking in the wet pretty much the same as braking in the dry. You brake; you stop.
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