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Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby lammy » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:25 am

I just installed some shimano 105 (5600) caplipers on my wet weather bike.
Only problem is the braking in wet is TERRIBLE! I am going to replace the pads, but wonder if anybody has recommendations for good performance wet brake pad replacements.
I am also running GP4000S tyres which run ok in wet, not had too many punctures, but looking for something with more grip in the wet, again any recommendations.
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby clackers » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:50 am

A softer compound will wear down faster but grip better, like Koolstops.
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby il padrone » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:54 am

Koolstop salmon pads. They grip well, but they also wear quite well too.
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby mogwaiboi » Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:50 pm

I've used Koolstop salmon for a few years but have recently changed to Swisstop black or green. For me the green stop as well as Koolstop in the wet, but they don't leave the annoying residue behind.

When I had GP4000s I thought they were pretty good in the wet. Schwalbe Durano and Ultremo ZX are good in the wet from my experience as well.
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby biker jk » Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:17 pm

Just get the 5700, 6700, 7900 series brake pads which are much better in the wet. R55C3
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby twizzle » Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:36 pm

Koolstop. Tried stacks of other brands, they pick up too much alloy and trash rims. Although I do like the new 5700 in the dry... very good... but I don't ride that bike in the wet. The worst were some Deore V-brake shoes that somehow disappeared in a 25k wet ride, must have been water soluble!


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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby il padrone » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:05 pm

Yes, the base-line Deore V-brake pads are well known as being made of marshmalow :o :roll:
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby yolk » Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:25 am

Where does everyone get the koolstop pads from ? Was thinking of getting a set of dura with holder http://www.koolstop.com/english/road_pad.html
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby twizzle » Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:31 am

I used to get them from PhantomCycles, but their dropped their online store.

Torpedo 7 has them. Cell only has the version for carbon, CyclingExpress doesn't have them. You might find them in some of the other stored, but the T7 price is pretty good.
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby Jesmol » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:10 pm

Got mine from Wiggle, couldn't find local stock for love nor money.
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby lammy » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:23 pm

Thanks everybody for the replies, I just fitted some koolstop salmon and grand prix 4 seasons. All the pros seem to use swisstop, but they are 3x the price! Just waiting for a bit of rain now to test em out!
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby trailgumby » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:26 pm

You won;t have long to wait... :evil:
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby jcjordan » Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:33 am

twizzle wrote:Koolstop. Tried stacks of other brands, they pick up too much alloy and trash rims. Although I do like the new 5700 in the dry... very good... but I don't ride that bike in the wet. The worst were some Deore V-brake shoes that somehow disappeared in a 25k wet ride, must have been water soluble!


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I have always found your ability to pick up alloy bits a bit of a quandary.

I have been running swisstop pads for years and have never had that problem nor can I think of anyone else who has had this problem
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby jcjordan » Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:35 am

Jesmol wrote:Got mine from Wiggle, couldn't find local stock for love nor money.

I have found one local store who stocks swisstop. I can buy 4 sets off wiggle for the same price
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby ironhanglider » Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:48 pm

jcjordan wrote:
twizzle wrote:Koolstop. Tried stacks of other brands, they pick up too much alloy and trash rims. Although I do like the new 5700 in the dry... very good... but I don't ride that bike in the wet. The worst were some Deore V-brake shoes that somehow disappeared in a 25k wet ride, must have been water soluble!


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I have always found your ability to pick up alloy bits a bit of a quandary.

I have been running swisstop pads for years and have never had that problem nor can I think of anyone else who has had this problem


Some don't notice, and others don't whinge.

It is a common problem for me. I can't talk about John's new bike but we did lose about 2mm of pad on Apollo road due to melting :oops: Got the rear disc on now though 8)

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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby twizzle » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:50 pm

jcjordan wrote:
twizzle wrote:Koolstop. Tried stacks of other brands, they pick up too much alloy and trash rims. Although I do like the new 5700 in the dry... very good... but I don't ride that bike in the wet. The worst were some Deore V-brake shoes that somehow disappeared in a 25k wet ride, must have been water soluble!


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I have always found your ability to pick up alloy bits a bit of a quandary.

I have been running swisstop pads for years and have never had that problem nor can I think of anyone else who has had this problem


Perhaps if you rode alloy for training instead of killing yours carbon rims... :P


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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby Ross » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:08 pm

jcjordan is the carbon wheel killer...
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby jcjordan » Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:06 am

twizzle wrote:
jcjordan wrote:
twizzle wrote:Koolstop. Tried stacks of other brands, they pick up too much alloy and trash rims. Although I do like the new 5700 in the dry... very good... but I don't ride that bike in the wet. The worst were some Deore V-brake shoes that somehow disappeared in a 25k wet ride, must have been water soluble!


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I have always found your ability to pick up alloy bits a bit of a quandary.

I have been running swisstop pads for years and have never had that problem nor can I think of anyone else who has had this problem


Perhaps if you rode alloy for training instead of killing yours carbon rims... :P


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The wheel was nearly 7 years old. Not bad if you ask me.

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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby twizzle » Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:39 am

jcjordan wrote:The wheel was nearly 7 years old. Not bad if you ask me.

My last alloy rim that I retired was 10


It didn't die from natural causes - you killed it.
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby jcjordan » Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:07 pm

twizzle wrote:
jcjordan wrote:The wheel was nearly 7 years old. Not bad if you ask me.

My last alloy rim that I retired was 10


It didn't die from natural causes - you killed it.

The carbon rim died from the breaking surface wearing down and I put the coup to grace by cooking it on a decent.

The alloy was wear and tear which wore down the rim

Killed with lots of love and use :-D
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby twizzle » Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:22 am

jcjordan wrote:Killed with lots of love and use :-D

Keep dreaming - you killed it with heat. :P
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby GeoffInBrisbane » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:24 pm

Regarding the tyres, GP4000s are good in the wet! Especially the GP4000S version.
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Re: Best brake pads for wet weather riding

Postby lammy » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:31 pm

GeoffInBrisbane wrote:Regarding the tyres, GP4000s are good in the wet! Especially the GP4000S version.

Yes I run the go 4000s on my dry bike great tyres, but in the wet I went for the 4 seasons because of the extra tread and also extra punture resistance, as when it rains it tends to wash up loads of crap towards the edges of the road, I get most of my punctures after it rains. Lol It's still not rained since I fitted them though.
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