Road Bike Brake Pads

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by stu1903, 3 Aug 2012.

  1. stu1903

    stu1903 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Scotland
    Which make of pads do you all use on your road bike?

    I bought some cheap one and they are crap. Very slow to brake.

    Looking for a decent set that will perform well in the wet too as living in Scotland we only ever get rain!

    My current brakes are Shimano Dura Ace
     
  2. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    Location:
    Bucks
    Koolstop salmons
     
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    stu1903

    stu1903 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Scotland
  5. I've only recently fitted the Swisstop TBH and I've only ridden about 40 miles with them, but I do like them. I was experiencing front brake shudder before I got these which has all but gone now.

    The Koolstops do what it says on the tin. I've used them in wet weather and the brakes don't fade, and nor do the pads 'mush' either in those conditions. I've trashed cheap pads inside of a week on wet commutes before, but these hold up far better.

    Classic case of getting what you pay for IMO. If it's mainly wet I'd say Koolstops, if it's a mix I'd got for Swisstops.
     
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  6. lordloveaduck

    lordloveaduck Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    The ones that came with my Cube, fab in the wet.
     
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  7. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    fitted a set of kool stop salmons to an old Raleigh with steel rims , made a great differance so that is what i shall be using in future
     
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  8. Kestevan

    Kestevan Last of the Summer Winos

    Location:
    Holmfirth.
    +1 ro the koolstops.
    Salmon on the front, black on the rear fot the ultimate in stopping power.

    Halt Gooey pads are very very nearly as good (cept in the realy wet), and much cheaper.
     
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  9. l4dva

    l4dva Über Member

    Location:
    Sunny Brum!
    +1 for Koolstops
     
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  10. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Location:
    Welling
    Doesn't everyone know about Koolstops by now. Salmon on the front, black on the back.

    Has anyone tried the dual compound Koolstops yet?
     
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  11. BSRU

    BSRU A Human Being

    Location:
    Swindon
    The only problem with Koolstops is they make your wheels very dirty, started using SwissStop GHPs and they seem as good but less messy.
     
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  12. Moodyman

    Moodyman Guru

    I do. Think they're great.
     
  13. Grizzly

    Grizzly Well-Known Member

    Location:
    East Kilbride
    +1 for the dual compound Koolstops. They've lasted about 4 times longer than anything else I've tried, and that's in Scottish weather.
     
  14. When back home in Scotland, I've had both Swisstop and Koolstop and they both performed well on the braking front but poor on the longevity front; I think I preferred the koolstops as they lasted marginally longer. Longevity wise but not so on the performance I found 105 inserts lasted 5 times longer. When I head back north to pick up my bike I've got a set of tripple compound pads from the lbs, 4 for £7.99 I'll try, I cant remember the brand though :blush:
     
  15. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Location:
    Welling
    I've always found that the longer my brakepads last, the less time my rims last.... would prefer the pads to wear. :thumbsup:
     
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