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How hard is it to change brake pads (Campy)?(8 posts)

How hard is it to change brake pads (Campy)?tarwheel
Dec 20, 2002 5:10 AM
I'm nearing 9,000 miles on my first set of brake pads on my Chorus gear. After riding the steepest 3 miles of road I've ever been on (either by car or bike), and clamping on my brakes all the way down just to keep from going off the corners, I've decided it's probably time to replace the pads. Any tips?
Are you sure you need new ones?PaulCL
Dec 20, 2002 7:39 AM
Has the pad worn down to that little line on top of the pads?? My campy pads have over 12,000 miles and are doing just fine. If they don't seem to grip enough, remove the pads and do a light sanding to scuff'em up.

As for changing them, I think you just need an allen wrench to remove/replace them.
Are you sure you need new ones?DINOSAUR
Dec 20, 2002 8:25 AM
The Campy brake pads seem to wear like iron. One thing I noticed when I was mulling over Dura Ace vs Chorus is the price of brake pads. The Campy pads are outrageously expensive. I have 4389 miles on my Campy pads and they are not near needing replacing. It seemed like the Shimano uses a softer rubber compound and you have to replace them about every 3 or 4 months, and the Ritchy are more so. I'll try that tip about sanding the pads since it's been raining and very stormy on the west cost for the past week and I can't ride anyway...
re: How hard is it to change brake pads (Campy)?pa rider
Dec 20, 2002 10:50 AM
I wear the dur-ace and 105 brake pads myself quickly in the 13k I have on this cannondale. I think shimano didn't make the best wear factor for the new pads. I think the weather I get caught in is the reason for the quick wear.

Cleaning the pads helps sometimes, but check the wear angle. For the cost of crashing at high speed on a step down hill I think replacing the pads are cheaper. Some people are penny pitchers, but this is one area where I replace pads before they replace me. Did this with my mtb cantalever pads before I got disc brakes.

You probably know this, but I thought I would mention it. Pay attenetion to the position of your pads when replacing. The pad is placed on the high part of your rim for the pivit side of the brake and the other pad is placed on the lower end of the rim (the side that has the cable routed).

I may have the two reversed, but you get my point. One pad has to be on the top side of the rim and the other on the low side of the rim.

I never knew that the pivit brake slides as the pads wear. That's why the one side is on the bottom of the rim because as it wear it slides up do to the fact how the pivot brakes works. My LBS was helping me with setting my pads up a month ago when I switched to my beater wheels for winter. I couldn't get these aztec pads from squealing.

This is just my 2 cents Tarwheel.

maybe I don'ttarwheel
Dec 20, 2002 11:35 AM
I was just figuring it was about due for new pads. I was thinking the same thing about my cables earlier this year (at 5000 miles) and decided "if it ain't broke don't fix it." Then one of my cables nearly broke while out riding (the cable started fraying and actually poked through my lever covers and pricked my hand). Same thing with the original chain. I asked my LBS to check if for wear several times and they said it was fine. It broke about 3 days after the last time I had them check it. So, I'm trying to do a little preventative maintenance.
Agree about the PMS thing; never hurts (nm).pa rider
Dec 20, 2002 5:39 PM
Campy Derailleur Cables frayingridewt
Dec 30, 2002 11:33 AM
I read with interest your comment about the Campy cable fraying and pricking your hand (built-in warning system?). I've had the same issue twice - seems like I'm only getting about 3,500 miles out of a derailleur cable. This seems short to me but maybe they just have a short lifespan???
re: How hard is it to change brake pads (Campy)?tazdag
Dec 20, 2002 2:41 PM
I've got about 30,000 miles on a set Campy pads in my Chorus brakes now. I'll replace them this winter, though I'm still not to the "change pad line" yet. Campy pads are definitely NOT Shimano pads in this respect.