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Brake blocks for old MTB that work in the wet

carlstonecarlstone Posts: 602
edited November 2007 in Workshop
My commuter is an old Bill Nickson oversize alu framed MTB. It has old school XT cantilevers. Believe it or not I only changed the brake blocks from the original ones about 500 miles ago (originals made out of concrete I think, but about 17 years old!) and these are now gone.

My dilemma is the original blocks gave poor stopping in the wet, as do the new ones. Is there any compound of blocks that will fit these old cantis that will help? Alternatively how much would it cost to replace my old fork with a new disk compatible one and get a mechanical front disk. I assume I will need a new wheel with disk compatible hub as well. My stem is the old quill type. I am happy with a canti on the back as I mostly use my front brake on the road.



  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    There are still plenty of post-mount canti-brake blocks available. Try and find a set of cartridge pads and shoes - means you don't need to continually readjust for pad wear or changing pads. Koolstop pink are recognised to work well in all conditions - they wear quite quickly though.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • Cheers Monty Dog, will give the softer compound blocks a try. :D
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