Brake Blocks - recommendation?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Dave G, 9 Feb 2008.

  1. Dave G

    Dave G New Member


    Need to replace my brake blocks. I live on the side of the Malvern Hills and ride down lots of winding single lane decents, making heavy use of the brakes.

    My current (Ultegra) blocks have worn quite quickly.

    Any recommendations for some decent stopping power but with durability and longevity?

  2. trio25

    trio25 Über Member

    Kool Stop, best blocks I have ever used.
  3. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

  4. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    No they dont Bonj. I have them on the back of my bike. They look like it, but they dont.
    I have some Aztec blocks on the front. the braking is pretty good, and the new pads are cheaper then the Ultegra blocks.
    Still got to see how long the Aztecs will last though.
  5. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

  6. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Got the Aztec's on my Ribble - seem fine !
  7. Cheddar George

    Cheddar George oober member

    Location: Location
    I've just changed my front brake pads (caliper brake) from the Shimano that came with bike for some new Kool Stop ones. Big improvement !
  8. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Guildford / London
    KoolStop Salmon pads - the best rim brake pads I've ever come across, though they are a little grabby at carpark speeds.
  9. OP
    Dave G

    Dave G New Member

    Thanks chaps - Koolstop (black) pads are on order.
  10. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    There is also the argument made to me by my LBS mechanic that brake blocks are supposed to wear down. If you get blocks that wear more slowly, then the rims will wear out more quickly. A softer compound on the blocks is therefore better than a harder (and more abrasive) compound.
  11. jashburnham

    jashburnham New Member

    Swisstop Green are the nuts.
    Koolstop a close second.
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