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Brake Pads for Older Dura-Ace Brakes(6 posts)

Brake Pads for Older Dura-Ace BrakesSilas_Greenback
Nov 24, 2002 2:17 PM
Trying to find information on older Shimano models resembles a scavenger hunt. I have 10 year old 8 speed brakes. The pads still have life in them, but I can see the day when I will start using the brakes and the pads will wear out. I cannot figure out which type of pad I need--the slip in pad only (cheap) or the pad and shoe. In sheer frustration, I turn to this learned group for wisdom.
re: Brake Pads for Older Dura-Ace BrakesEric_H
Nov 25, 2002 9:38 AM
Are they dual-pivot 7400 series? Those brakes have cartridge style pads, but they will not fit the current 7700 cartridge pads. Check out Branford Bike ( - they report stocking the Shimano7402/3 pads, as well as a Kool Stop version, part C-89.
re: Brake Pads for Older Dura-Ace BrakesMikeDee
Nov 25, 2002 11:39 AM
Beware that the Kool Stops do not fit the older 7400 brake shoes.
re: Brake Pads for Older Dura-Ace BrakesEric_H
Nov 25, 2002 6:28 PM
I was just going by what the Branford Bike website says - that the C-89 brake shoes work in the 7402/7403 pad holders. I have never tried them.

I agree with the bottom poster (Mike Price), the best solution is to buy the Kool Stop "Dura-type" pad holders and pads. For the price, you get the pad holders, one pair of dual-compound pads and one pair of salmon pads. Plus the holders have spherical washers to easily adjust the toe-in of the pad, or compensate for a non-parallel brake arm. I use them on my 7700 brakes and the braking power is much better than with Shimano pads.
re: Brake Pads for Older Dura-Ace BrakesMike Prince
Nov 25, 2002 1:57 PM
You also can buy a completely new pad assembly for the older brakes. I know Branford sells these, they will allow you to use the newer D-A/Kool Stop pads.

A few more bucks up front, but pad replacement in the future will be much easier.

Also, look on if you just want OEM pads. They should have the parts.
You need thesepmf1
Nov 26, 2002 9:47 AM
For the 8-v Shimano groups, its the pad and shoe all in one:

You should replace them ASAP. Brake pads get hard over time. If they've been on there for years, spend $20 and get some new ones. You'll notice a difference.