carbon wheels squealing badly

paul_mck Posts: 1,058
edited April 2015 in Workshop
Hi all - have a pair of full carbon wheels with yellow swisstop pads and the squealing is driving me mental.

Any tips on reducing or eliminating the noise? Feel like a plonker pulling up at lights.

Wheels are unknown origin, chinese affairs I presume.



  • harry-s
    harry-s Posts: 295
    I had the same problem with the Swissstop yellow, - cork pads are fine.
  • jgsi
    jgsi Posts: 5,062
    Heel in the non drive side pad and toes in the drive side.....
    ok before this gets silly... either spend £10s on overpriced Swisstops or get the suggested cork pads off Ebay for 4.99 8 pairs.
  • trailflow
    trailflow Posts: 1,311
    edited April 2015
    My Wiggle Lifeline blue pads squeal alot less the than the origiinal black pads i got with my carbons wheels. They improve braking immensely too. The compound is soft and feels alot nicer to the rim. They are a bargain for 4 for a fiver. I recommend them. ... pack-of-4/
  • paul_mck
    paul_mck Posts: 1,058
    will give them a blast, going to try toeing in the pads and see if that helps on the way home this eve
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,845
    make sure rims/pads are clean, and as above set toe-in

    tbh i don't worry about brake noise, it can help warn dozey pedestrians so that they look around and don't step out in front of me
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny