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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:01 pm 
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Hi all, I used the search function but didn't find any threads on this exact topic. I was just wondering which brake pads people prefer to buy for retro cantilevers? Back in the day I seem to remember Aztec and kool stop pads (and the higher end shimano) being highly rated, but I've not seen these for sale on CRC...


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:08 pm 
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I got some Aztec blocks from eBay for about £4.00 a pair,for my Pace RC200,and they are as good as I remember.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:24 am 
National & North West AEC
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There are other shops around as well as CRC.

Aztecs are for sale here: --> http://www.ukbikestore.co.uk/product/10 ... black.html amongst others.

Kool Stops here: --> http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/produ ... Brake_Pads

Both are very good choices.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:45 am 
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I never got on with the Aztecs, but the Kool Stop are very good.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:33 am 
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My preferred modernised setup for cantis is v-brake style 'post' holders with whatever pads you prefer with your setups. (For me it some triple compound things in this weather)
They've been superior to anything old style I've used. Shimano XTR m900 pads are good though but costly and hard to come by.

http://www.fibrax.com/rim-pads/mtb/holders-inserts
http://www.discobrakes.com/?s=0&t=2&c=28&p=148&


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:38 am 
Classified Mod / Lincs, East and South Yorks AEC
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+1 for Aztecs, great stopping power!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:21 pm 
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Ritchey ones are good, the blue wet weather ones are soft as cheese but brake nicely, probably only good for about 300 miles a set.

M-System Shimano's are durable but too hard for snappy stopping.

KoolStops are well overpriced but good.

Fibrax are good all round and cheap, OEM supplier as a guess, been in the bike brake the business for ages.


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