Since I purchased my SLEs second hand about 3 months ago, I've been running Swiss stops with no problems, but the braking whilst fine isn't as great as what I read about. I figure for the savings I'm OK with that. Oh, and no scratching of the black so far, fingers scrossed that continues because aesthetics was a big reason I chose these.
Anybody else have long term results of using other pads?
I tried those, and while similar I didn't think they performed as good as the Exalith pads. Seemed to wear faster and not have as much bite but maybe I'm imagining it.
Either way, the pads were wearing too fast for me and the Exalith pads are hard to find and VERY expensive for something that wears so fast.
So I tried Reynolds blue pads that I had lying around. They seem to work better and last longer. Ditched most of the toe in too, and the Reynolds still run quiet for the most part. There is some blue residue on the rims, but not very noticeable and cleans off.
Anyone got any other experiences?
A few days ago I was riding in the actual rain, not just damp roads, and there was no braking at all. Apply the brakes, the bike just carried on with some, barely discernible slowing down, like none at all really. I pump the brakes gently to try and clear the water off the rims as I'm used to on my normal alloy rims, no effect at all, just carried on. Eventually I start to slow down, having to squeeze both brake levers very very hard and then they start grabbing sharply. Lucky I was riding on deserted country roads and was just slowing down for a hill. Hate to think what would have happened if I'd wanted to stop quickly in traffic.
Not impressed at all, so in my mind they are lethal in the wet.
Have been in touch with my (really good) LBS and they are going to talk to the Mavic rep.
The cleaned front wheel works fine now, wet or dry. The uncleaned rear wheel is noticeably poorer in the rain, as before, and slightly below par in the dry too. Noticeably less 'bite'. So when I clean that too is should be fine!
Ordinary cleaning (wet the bike, apply muck-off and a quick wipe/wash) didn't seem to make any difference. (I tend to wash the bike quickly after most rides to keep the accumulation down rather than a longer 'proper clean'.)
The disk brake cleaner spray left much more reside on the cleaning rag too.
I experienced braking issues recently on a Pyrenean Raid trip... No brakes descending the Tourmalet in the rain... Wheels are now with Mavic for inspection.
Mavic replaced the rims with new ones. Not the whole wheel for some reason, kept the hubs and spokes. No explanation at all on what was wrong with the originals.
Haven't ridden them over winter. Seemed fine on a week of riding in Spain last week.
Still looking for some cheaper pads alternative.
PS Keith I want your riding lifestyle!
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