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Ceramic brake pads on alloy rims?(5 posts)

Ceramic brake pads on alloy rims?winstonc
Nov 9, 2003 12:22 PM
I have a cross bike that I have two wheelsets for. One set has ceramic rims and the other is standard alloy... so recently I put brake pads for ceramic rims on. Does anyone out there know if this is going to harm my non-ceramic rims?
Likely not a good ideaKerry Irons
Nov 9, 2003 6:26 PM
It will depend somewhat on which ceramic specific pad you use, but they will be more aggressive to a standard rim. How much you weigh, how hard you brake, whether you ride a lot in the wet, etc. will all determine whether this is a real or theoretical problem.
use the Zipp/Koolstop padsDougSloan
Nov 10, 2003 7:49 AM
The Zipp/Koolstop pads are made for ceramic impregnated carbon rims as well as plain aluminum. I have a set, and they work well on both. Ordinary ceramic rim pads are too hard and abrasive for regular rims, I have been told. They may squeel, too.

Read about them at the Zipp website; Excel sells them.

Bought some Koolstop ceramic pads... same thing?winstonc
Nov 11, 2003 12:00 AM
I actually did buy Koolstop ceramic (green) pads... Do you know if these are the same thing? I'm hearing a scraping sound from them that's not very reassuring.
Won't fit in holderswinstonc
Nov 11, 2003 12:07 AM
I just realized that the Zipp pads won't work since I have V-brake style brake cartidges instead of road-style cartridges.

I guess I'll try using standard black pads and see how well they hold up...