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any opinions on what brake pads have the best stopping power? Wear life not an issue since it's for my TT bike which I only train on once/week (using the vision brake levers which don't apply a lot of braking power). alloy brake tracks. Thanks for any suggestions
 

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stevesbike said:
any opinions on what brake pads have the best stopping power? Wear life not an issue since it's for my TT bike which I only train on once/week (using the vision brake levers which don't apply a lot of braking power). alloy brake tracks. Thanks for any suggestions
KoolStop salmon pads are my choice for all my bikes. Good modulation and powerful feel.
 

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I have Koolstop salmons too. They have good stopping power but a much mushier feel as compared to a black pad or your standard OEM pad.
Ah, so modulation suffers then? :idea:

To anyone who's experienced the above, what are the mixed salmon/black pads like out on the road?
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Ah, so modulation suffers then? :idea:

To anyone who's experienced the above, what are the mixed salmon/black pads like out on the road?
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The dual compound pads work great. Can't go wrong with that or 100% salmon. I tried the Swissstop GHP pads and they were 2x the money and not any better than the dual Kool Stop pad.

Next time my pads wear down I plan on trying the pads from Velo-Orange, just for kicks.
 

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I use the salmons in wet and dry conditions...and have also used the dual-compound versions on a couple of bikes. Frankly, I can't tell the difference; Koolstops just WORK. And I've never noticed any "mushy" feel...the compound is softer than OEM black pads but that hasn't caused any modulation problems whatsoever.
 

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I had the Kool Stop dual pads salmon/black. They were fine. I tried the salmon pads - they were better.
 

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Question regarding the Salmon pads. Do they squeal a lot or are they quiet all the time? I had purchased several sets of OBE yellow pads and they stopped and worked very well, however they are very noisy, they would squeal almost every time I used them. To the point that it was very annoying. I just swapped them out to the new pads from Jagwire and the Jagwire pads work well and make NO noise, but they do not stop as well as the OBE.
 

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I replaced my shimano brake pad holders with the Kool-Stop ones. They have some toe-in adjustability via a few stacked washers which eliminates any squealing.

I don't notice any difference in stopping between the Dual Compound or the Salmons, the only thing I notice is that the salmons will wear out a bit quicker. When my duals are ready for replacement I have a set of Salmons in the toolbox.
 

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Yes, that's why they only squeal for a short period. Over time the pads will wear and the rear of the pad won't grab the rim first. The old-school approach is to bend the caliper arm slightly to toe the new pads in, with the adjustable holders that is not necessary.

It can vary by pad too. I tried a set of Ritchey pads a long time ago and you could hear them from a mile away.
 
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