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Nobody makes more brake pads than Kool Stop, and nobody offers superior stopping power for the money. These pads are ideal aftermarket replacements for your Dura-Ace or Record pads once you've worn them out. They cost a fraction of what Shimano or Campy pads run, and you don't sacrifice one iota of stopping power. These pads are specifically intended for use with aluminum (not carbon) rims. One order is for two pads, that's enough for one brake caliper.

For those of you with Zero Gravity brakes -- these are a great option for use on aluminum rims. If you're looking to replace your ZG pads and you're intrigued by an option other than Swiss Stop, this is a great choice. Make sure to choose the Campagnolo version of these pads, as they fit perfectly within ZG's pad holders.

Please note: The Campagnolo version will not fit 2011 Campagnolo brake pad holders.

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They work ok.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These pads are easy to install in Shimano pad holders. The braking grip is good. The tapered rear of the pad gives a kind of squishy feel to the initial contact point. I don't like the feel of it.

Price is right

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I wanted to try something different than that what came stock on my Shimano 105 brakeset. These have kind of a tapered contour on the contact surface that is supposed to wipe away water or debris before the entire surface contacts the brake track of the rim. In theory, this will improve braking and reduce wear on the rim. The design also helps to increase modulation as the amount of pad contact varies with the amount pressure applied to the lever. As the pad is somewhat flexible, this effect is more noticeable than with pad designs where the entire contact surface of the pad hits the rim squarely all at once. I have noticed though, because you have to flex the pad to achieve maximum friction, braking from the hoods requires somewhat more effort compared to braking from the drops. It will take some more time for me to decide whether or not I really like these pads, but I can say that there is a noticeable difference.