Carbon pads, expensive or cheap ?

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toride
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by toride

Hi guys,
carbon specific brake pads, I am finding it hard to warrant spending £30+ on some Swisstop yellow pads, I run some swisstop yellows on a pair of Reynolds wheels and I find the braking more than sufficient, I also run some no name and very cheap carbon specific pads on another set of much cheaper wheels, again the braking is sufficient and the wheels don't seem to show wear or brake groves.

So, do I need to fork out the extra ££'s for the for the SS yellows or do I use the cheaper pads on my new C35's ?? Will I live to regret this ??

Any thoughts please

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by hasbeen

The big thing I noticed when going to SStop pads was the increased performance in the rain. I havent tried any cheap carbon pads yet because I still use whatever I got laying around be it carbon specific or not. When I think long term and overall performance I will consider SStop or whatever but if someone told me some BBB carbon pads worked well in the rain I would jump on them.
So, for me, I would consider cheap carbon pads if they worked well in all conditions. What has your experience been thus far with the cheapies and rain?
Sstop also didnt burn up as quick.
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by toride

Thanks Hasbeen, my experience isn't vast but I suppose I do feel greater stopping power with the SS in comparison to the cheapies.. they certainly seem to wear out a quicker, so, as long as I remember just which pad I have in when braking I will give the cheapies a whirl, and keep a close eye on track wear.

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toride wrote:Hi guys,
carbon specific brake pads, I am finding it hard to warrant spending £30+ on some Swisstop yellow pads, I run some swisstop yellows on a pair of Reynolds wheels and I find the braking more than sufficient, I also run some no name and very cheap carbon specific pads on another set of much cheaper wheels, again the braking is sufficient and the wheels don't seem to show wear or brake groves.

So, do I need to fork out the extra ££'s for the for the SS yellows or do I use the cheaper pads on my new C35's ?? Will I live to regret this ??

Any thoughts please


The Reynolds Cryo Blue pads seem to get good reviews and are less expensive than the SS Yellows. I will be purchasing a set in the near future

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by Geoff

Personally, I don't like the synthetic pads for carbon brake surfaces. You might try natural cork pads, instead.

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The are SwissStop FlashPro Yellow Brake Pads for Carbon Rims, Shimano/SRAM, Set of 4 on sale on ebay for 40$
The Zipp Tangente High Performance Cork Brake Pads SRAM/Shimano Carbon Rim pair of 2 are on sale on ebay for 29.95$
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Rick
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Reynolds Blue pads seem as good as any on carbon.

Swisstop Green do seem superior on aluminum.

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Kool-Stop Pad Set for Shimano Dura Ace Ultegra Sram Pads for Carbon Rims a pair 10$

Don't know how good those would be but search for some review on those and they might be worth it.
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by toride

I would be pretty keen to try proper cork pads, can I get these to fit shimano slide in fitting ?

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They should work with the slide shimano holders.

How do cork pads perform in the rain?
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by Juanmoretime

Another vote for the Reynolds blue pads. They work just as well in the wet as they do dry. They work great and are much quieter that many other pads. I used the KoolStop for carbon and while they work well they also wear fast. The Reynolds have been on my bike all year and they look like they could go at least another year.
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I've had the same KoolStop pads on my bike for years and didn't wear them out yet.
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by toride

stella-azzurra wrote:They should work with the slide shimano holders.

How do cork pads perform in the rain?

I have no idea how they work, I just seem to think they may work better when wet and would be very safe on your wheels both wet or dry.

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by Geoff

Carbon braking surfaces are not nearly as good as alloy for wet weather riding, so you are already going to be at a disadvantage. The cork pads are ok for rain, but probably not as good as the synthetic pads are. The cork pads are noticeably better than the synthetic pads for dry braking. I guess that is why so many choose them for racing. Don't get me wrong, cork pads on modern brakes still work way better than the old brakes we used to race on 20 years ago.

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Any of today's pads work better than the pads from 20 years ago.
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