Which brake pads for Shimano 7850 CL

Mr Wookie Man
Mr Wookie Man Posts: 43
edited March 2010 in Road buying advice
I have bought some Shimano Dura Ace 7850 CL wheels which apparently can be used with standard brake pads. However, I have yet to put them on my bike as the rims are only 0.7mm thick and I would like to chose some pads which won't wear the rim too quickly.

Any suggestions for a set of rim friendly pads?


  • flanners1
    flanners1 Posts: 916
    Kool Stops. period.

    Salmons are now on all my road bikes. Can't praise them enough, good stopping power and modulation and they don't feck your rims up. Amongst other wheelsets I have the 50mm and 24mm 7850s and thank the Lord I swopped out. One ride on the OE DA pads spoke volumes.
    Colnago C60 SRAM eTap, Colnago C40, Milani 107E, BMC Pro Machine, Trek Madone, Viner Gladius,
    Bizango 29er
  • stagger
    stagger Posts: 116
    swisstop green, bit pricey but seem pretty kind to rims and good performance- have been using them all through winter- about to stick a new set of them on to go with my new 7850 cl's , now the raods are a bit better..
  • Evil Laugh
    Evil Laugh Posts: 1,412
    I personally went for swissstops on the same cl24 wheels as my research showed them to be the kindest to rims.

    I was also worried about this 0.7 mm thing and I think this has been hugely and unfairly mis-reported. The braking surface is normal thickness and the alu under the carbon layer is 0.7 mm at it's thinnest. Looking at the wheels when they arrived backed this up. I measured the brakIng surface at between 1.5 - 2.5mm so don't fret.

    It's a shame if this fallacy puts people off the wheels as I think they're utterly fantastic.
  • richa
    richa Posts: 1,632
    I have the R80's (Ultegra laminates)

    Is there much difference between swissstop yellow (race) and coolstop salmon?
  • Evil Laugh
    Evil Laugh Posts: 1,412
    Yellow are for all carbon wheels.

    You want green or black as rs80 has an aluminium breaking surface.
  • strodey
    strodey Posts: 481
    leave your current ones on, it'll make you corner faster :o
    Carbon is a mans best freind
  • Thanks for your response!

    I've decided to give the Kool Stop Salmons a go.

    Aprox £13.50 for (two pairs of) Salmons versus aprox £21 for Swisstop.

    Initially, I thought the Swisstop were alot more expensive but they seem to be sold in packs of two pairs rather than per pair, interesting marketing gambit!
  • flanners1
    flanners1 Posts: 916
    you won't look back! well you might as they actually slow you down and give you more control :)
    Colnago C60 SRAM eTap, Colnago C40, Milani 107E, BMC Pro Machine, Trek Madone, Viner Gladius,
    Bizango 29er