Brake blocks.

CarleyB
CarleyB Posts: 475
edited June 2011 in Road buying advice
Can anyone recommend brake blocks?

I ride a giant scr 3 all weathers teaching bikeability, so they need to last! Thank you
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Comments

  • The Spiderman
    The Spiderman Posts: 5,625
    Following numerous reccomendations on here I`m currently using Koolstop Salmon pads.Seem to work very well,particularly in the wet,but too soon to comment on durabilty.
    2006 Giant XTC
    2010 Giant Defy Advanced
    2016 Boardman Pro 29er
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  • I'd not heard of them till I tried them, but the RavX Thermafoil brake blocks are excellent. I've started using them on my TT bike now.

    Oddly, they're silly cheap, yet work better than anything else I've used.

    if you're bored, I did a mini-review of them on my blog...

    http://anotherdooratthe.endoftheinternet.org/2011/06/09/ravx-thermafoil-3-function-brake-blocks-inserts-5-minute-review/
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  • TuckerUK
    TuckerUK Posts: 369
    I'd not heard of them till I tried them, but the RavX Thermafoil brake blocks are excellent. I've started using them on my TT bike now.

    Oddly, they're silly cheap, yet work better than anything else I've used.

    if you're bored, I did a mini-review of them on my blog...

    Did you compare them to KoolStop salmon?

    There used to a article on FSAs website about a new brake caliper system they were bringing out. They tested all the (then) currently available pads with Koolstop coming out as the winner overall.
    "Coming through..."
  • skyd0g
    skyd0g Posts: 2,540
    +1 to Koolstops
    Cycling weakly
  • asprilla
    asprilla Posts: 8,440
    Used to use salmon Koolstops, but now I use green Swissstops, same braking power as the salmons but they last much longer. Not cheap, but cheaper in the long run.
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  • Bar Shaker
    Bar Shaker Posts: 2,313
    Koolstop blacks (for dry conditions). They are superb.

    I have a carbon bike so am not allowed to ride in the rain.
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  • desweller
    desweller Posts: 5,175
    The Swisstop Greens seem to be less sensitive to rim contamination than the Koolstop salmon blocks IMHO. Based on two bikes, one running salmons and the other running greens.
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  • Secteur
    Secteur Posts: 1,971
    Salmon KoolStops here, but I find that they wear quickly (2m of hilly riding and they're about 50% worn), but they are excellent at stopping.

    Will try SwissStop green next to compare.
  • rc856
    rc856 Posts: 1,144
    Recently moved to SwissStop green and had a four day trip in the Pyrenees.
    After descending the Couraduque, Hautacam, Soulor, Aubisque, Luz Ardiden and Tourmalet, the pad wear was fine and stopping was good.

    My mate on the other hand had to replace his pads. He Shimano or Aztec and he brakes a lot less than me.
  • daviesee
    daviesee Posts: 6,386
    Secteur wrote:
    Salmon KoolStops here, but I find that they wear quickly (2m of hilly riding and they're about 50% worn), but they are excellent at stopping.

    Will try SwissStop green next to compare.

    2 metres and 50% worn :?: :? :?: :wink: :?: :shock: :?:

    Seriously though - i have had the salmons on for a year (3000 miles) in Scottish weather and a week of climbing/descending in Majorca and they seem to have a long way to go yet :P
    None of the above should be taken seriously, and certainly not personally.
  • Secteur
    Secteur Posts: 1,971
    2 months, not 2 metres!!

    :oops:
  • CarleyB
    CarleyB Posts: 475
    Thank you everyone, i'll look at those recommended ones :)
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  • paulc33
    paulc33 Posts: 254
    +1 koolstop salmon great stopping power in all weather conditions
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