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@#$&@#*(%&(@#*&% Shimano brake pads!!!!!!!!(10 posts)

@#$&@#*(%&(@#*&% Shimano brake pads!!!!!!!!weiwentg
Mar 25, 2002 7:27 PM
I cleaned my pads today and I find pieces of ALUMINIUM in them!!!!!! aaaarrrrgggghhhh!!!!!!!!
I'm switching to Kool Stops. Shimano makes very, very good stuff. incredibly good stuff. but for some reason, they make crap brake pads. and these are the '01 model...
Same problemAllUpHill
Mar 25, 2002 7:37 PM
The same thing happens to me, only the first time, I didn't notice until there was an audible scratching and scraping as the metal dug into my rear rim! Wonderful.

I think tiny alu particles from the rim's braking surface accumulate in small holes in the pad, then pack together as more gets dug up from the rim. I just take the pads out every few weeks and pop out any accumulations that are forming.
Same problemmpm32
Mar 26, 2002 6:06 AM
I changed to kool stops this year. No more metal scrape and they stop a lot better. I'll never use the D/A pads again.
re: @#$&@#*(%&(@#*&% Shimano brake pads!!!!!!!!Chen2
Mar 26, 2002 7:25 AM
I had to change my D-A pads to KoolStop back in 1998 for the same reason. I thought they had changed, I guess Shimano still has a lot to learn.
~Al
comes off easy with a little sanding. nmPaul
Mar 26, 2002 12:09 PM
re: @#$&@#*(%&(@#*&% Shimano brake pads!!!!!!!!JimP
Mar 26, 2002 2:57 PM
The aluminum in the pads may have been caused by little bits of sand that gets caught in the pad and then scrapes into the rim. This can be caused by riding through some water that has some dirt in it. The pads can be cleaned with sandpaper to remove the debris. This is a problem with all brake pads.
with any pad it pays to periodically clean and remove debrisBarnyard
Mar 26, 2002 5:18 PM
You can blame shimano if you want a scapegoat. Sure soft pads may accumulate crap, but the flip side is that hard pads may wear your rim away faster. Periodically clean your pads. And if your rim is getting scored do something about it.
re: @#$&@#*(%&(@#*&% Shimano brake pads!!!!!!!!Galibier
Mar 27, 2002 10:27 AM
I had the same problem with the pads that came on my Dura-Ace brakes (installed last April). I replaced the pads with new Dura-Ace pads in July, and the problem has not returned. My understanding is that Shimano changed the formulation of the pads to alleviate the rim-shredding problem.
What are you talking about?pmf1
Mar 27, 2002 12:19 PM
Shimano puts little shards of aluminium in their brake pads? Yeah, right. I think you need to clean yours a little more periodically. I find that using a soap covered green scratch pad sold at Home Depot on the pads everytime you clean your bike removes all the accumulated grit. Works well on the braking surface of the rim as well.

Nothing wrong with Shimano brake pads. Avoid the "all-weather" ones though.
re: @#$&@#*(%&(@#*&% Shimano brake pads!!!!!!!!Chen2
Mar 27, 2002 1:06 PM
I think the Shimano brake pads are better now than they were a few years ago, but KoolStop brake pads are excellent, I put them on everything, the black ones.
~Al