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 Post subject: Best V brake pads ??
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 12:25 am 
Old School Grand Master

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What are people's opinions on the best V Brake cartridge pads.


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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 12:32 am 
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I’m using Avid rim wranglers.

Mainly because that’s what the brakes had from new & they’ve always been good, for me, so I stuck with them.


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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 12:33 am 
Old School Grand Master

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Are they standard compound ?


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 Post subject: Re: Best V brake pads ??
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 1:18 am 
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I like my aztek/koolstops.


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 Post subject: Re: Best V brake pads ??
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 8:24 am 
Old School Grand Master

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I'm with Tomas there, although Ashima also work well.


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 Post subject: Re: Best V brake pads ??
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 9:04 am 
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Kool Stops are first class


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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 9:20 am 
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Location: Cambridgeshire - flatlands (the horror, the horror)
One more vote for Aztec

BUT...

....compounds changefrom the same manufacturer...beware the hard ones. WTB can be good and come up every now and again. But the principle is ... use a compound which is soft, if you value your rims. And every month or so of hard riding, take off the pads and gouge out the stones etc with a small pick. I'd rather spend on brake pads than wear away my nice antique rims.....


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 Post subject: Re: Best V brake pads ??
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 10:18 am 
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Things are not simple when it comes to hardness of compound and wear to rims. Softer compounds often harbour more aluminium shards, and cause more scoring. Frequent dressing of the pads may be needed, trickier with most v's compared to canti's because the pads don't pivot clear of the fork/frame for easy access.
I liked the older Aztecs, the newer ones not so much. I find Tektro to be very good. Clarks aren't bad, but I've found Shimano to be one of the worst for rim wear.
Whatever you choose, frequent cleaning is the key to good braking and long rim life..


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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 10:49 am 
Old School Grand Master

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Thanks for the replies !!

Lots to consider.


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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 8:34 pm 
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I agree with the above comments regarding maintenance. I use a GARRYFLEX abrasive block to gently clean rims & pads.


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