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 Post subject: Which brake pads
PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:36 pm 
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I've got a completely original 91 gt karakoram inferno and I'd like to change both sets of brake pads and would like some positive recommendations please.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:56 pm 
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I think this maybe in the wrong section, so if it is could a mod please move it. Thanks


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:41 pm 
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So cantilever brakes then, front and rear? (or rear U-brake?).

I like these... https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 2012462270

Or if you want to spend more then Koolstop pads are good, either the Eagle, or pink Salmon ones.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:13 am 
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Yes canti front, U-brake on rear.

I'll give your link a go for the front thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Which brake pads
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:35 am 
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Kool Stop (especially the red one) or Aztec work well for me.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:16 am 
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I may add that I'm not the lightest either so that doesn't help with stopping.

Don't the kool stop pads squeal as I'm sure I remember years back a few complaints


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 Post subject: Re: Which brake pads
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:09 pm 
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Squealing is caused by a lack of toe-in and/or slack in the brake arm. The over-complicated and pointless parallel push V-brakes from Shimano screeched even with blocks made of wet spaghetti.

A neat upgrade for post-mount cantis is to fit cartridge holders that take the slim blocks like v-brakes. That saves fiddly realignment of the pad mid-wear.

Avoid Shimano pads- they are incredibly abrasive.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:55 pm 
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kalex wrote:
I may add that I'm not the lightest either so that doesn't help with stopping.

Don't the kool stop pads squeal as I'm sure I remember years back a few complaints


I use the Kool Stop dual compound pads on my '91 Karakoram Elite. Great stopping power and no squealing at all.

I've used the Ritchey ones mentioned above on several bikes and they are good too, but the Kool Stops are worth the extra money if you are trying to maximise braking, in my opinion.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:33 pm 
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Sounds as if I've got a couple of good options to go for thanks.

Just got to have a look at the vibration on the front brake before I do anything yet


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 Post subject: Re: Which brake pads
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:36 pm 
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hamster wrote:
Squealing is caused by a lack of toe-in and/or slack in the brake arm. The over-complicated and pointless parallel push V-brakes from Shimano screeched even with blocks made of wet spaghetti.

A neat upgrade for post-mount cantis is to fit cartridge holders that take the slim blocks like v-brakes. That saves fiddly realignment of the pad mid-wear.

Avoid Shimano pads- they are incredibly abrasive.


Can incorrect toe cause vibration when used as without looking in to it I presumed it's play in the bosses on the fork mounts


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