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 Post subject: V pads - what to buy?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:15 am 
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Ive currently got a basic set of avid V pads on a pair of arch rivals (new sd7 levers) but the performance isn't great. are these notorious for poor braking performance or do i need to tweek my setup slightly? for the record, i've used the brake set & pads on 3 bikes with the same results each time so i am leaning towards it being the pads & not me.

with this said, what half decent pads are there that won't break the bank? in the spirit of the build they can't be shimano but anything else goes.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:34 am 
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I use those clarks jobbies with the swapable pads, bang on stopping with them and not a bad price either.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:25 am 
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I've always found Kool Stop to be good. Can get either cartridge or full pads.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:53 pm 
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My personal favourites are the triple compound BBB pads. Available as cartridge or normal.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:26 pm 
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Ashima 4-fun or Aztec work well for me.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:11 pm 
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Clarks pads (the triple colour ones) are good and so are Aztec charcol. I use those and they really stop.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:24 pm 
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I don't recall Avid pads as being particulary poor, but it has been a while.
I currently use Swisstop V-pads on modern XT V's and they are very good, if a little pricey.
I've used Fibrax pads before and found them to be pretty good and a more reasonable price too.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:35 am 
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More likely play in the lever than the pads being no good, Avids are overpriced but ok performance-wise IME.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:24 am 
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Serfas BP330 work well for me. A bit more coin than the Kool Stop. Either will work...


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