Are SwissStop RacePro Yellow King brake pads the best pads in the world for use with carbon fiber rims? We should have the courage to flat-out say it, but instead we'll just pass along this little piece of gossip: It's SwissStop that makes Lightweight's house brand brake pads -- and we don't know anyone who'd dispute that Lightweight makes the best carbon-rimmed bike wheels on the planet. Lightweight needn't hold back on the quality of their pads. When they wanted the very best, they sought out SwissStop.The RacePro Yellow King is specifically made for use with carbon fiber rims. They provide unparalleled stopping power in both wet and dry conditions. They give you high durability, quiet braking, and, perhaps best of all, excellent stopping power with aluminum rims as well. SwissStop makes it clear that there's no need to swap out pads from carbon-specific to non if you switch wheels from your carbon race-day gems to your aluminum training set. You'll simply want to inspect for and remove any alloy bits that might get embedded in the pads when you swap back to your carbon wheels.
Weaknesses: Did you see how much these things cost? Holy crap! They don't last very long either.
I was using the Swiss Stop yellows with some Bontrager XXX clinchers. Found out that it would void my warranty so I switched to the Bontrager corks. The corks were a little better in the rain but the Yellows were a lot better when it was dry. So the choice was void the warranty or effectively stop the bike. I chose to stop the bike. But if anyone asks, I will deny ever having seen the Swiss Stops. (Tip for SS wet braking; quick, light squeeze to clear the water, then crank down on them).
I guess if you can afford carbon wheels, then the price of these pads won't be much of a problem. For me, it was the price of the pads and the therapy to get over the feeling of being anally raped.
Update; The pads are working fine and my therapy seems to be working. I can stop my bike and I am not crying uncontrollably any more.