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? about replacing brake pads(10 posts)

? about replacing brake padstad
Jan 14, 2002 10:39 AM
I need to replace the brake pads on my bike, and I was wondering if you just replace the pads or if you replace the entire piece that the pads mount to.

They are Shimano 105 brakes. Thanks for the help.
re: ? about replacing brake padspmf1
Jan 14, 2002 10:43 AM
It depends on how old your 105 components are. The older 8-speed stuff (Ultegra anyway) had replacement brake blocks that were the pad and the metal mount all in one. This required taking the old ones out and screwing the new ones in. You had to careful about placement. The newer 9-speed stuff (Ultegra anyway) replacement pads are just rubber pads that slide onto the metal mount (it stays on). Replacing these is easier, but costs the same.
re: ? about replacing brake padstad
Jan 14, 2002 10:46 AM
It's year 2000 (9 speed) stuff.

I've changed out the pads on my mtn bike just like you described, so that's how I was hoping it worked. Thanks for the help.
speaking of, does anyone like/hate Cool Stop pads?Tig
Jan 14, 2002 10:51 AM
Never tried thempmf1
Jan 14, 2002 11:19 AM
But all the other doo-dads that I've replaced on Shimano drive-trains with non-Shimano parts have been a disaster (e.g. pulleys, cables, chains, chain rings, cassettes, etc). In the end, I've found its better to just buy the Shimano replacement stuff.

Please note that Shimano makes two kinds of brake pads -- normal (soft) and all-weather (hard). Avoid the hard ones. They may work in the rain better, but not when its dry (which is most of the time you ride). Traction is worse and they make an annoying sound.
That is Kool-Stop. They seem pretty good.MB1
Jan 14, 2002 11:34 AM
I use their Salmon colored pads on 2 of my bikes with good results and Miss M has their ceramic rim specific pads on her Rivendell.

The Kool-Stop pads for ceramic rims are the best ceramic rim pads we have ever used. Seem to last well too.
Used them but didn't like 'em...biknben
Jan 14, 2002 11:42 AM
I've used the cool-stop pads on both road and Mt bikes and find them annoying. The tab on the leading edge of the pad is useless and means you have to set the pads wider to accomodate them. The compounds seem to be softer which makes your brakes feel mushy.

For example, on a mtb bike, I set the brakes so they were just off the rims and I could still pull the brake levers to the bars while braking.
Just a thought here...Ahimsa
Jan 14, 2002 4:10 PM
You did note that they come with various spacers and washers to reorganize according to how much rim clearance you need, eh? 9 times out of ten I have found folks that don't like 'em just installed them with all the spacers on as they were out of the package.

Again, not calling you a dummy here, just want to make sure you didn't make a common mistake.


Kool StopAhimsa
Jan 14, 2002 4:16 PM
Yep, I use 'em and love 'em. They tend to wear the rim less and gather less grey sandy road crud than shimano pads. They also leave less gunk on the braking surface of the rim.

They corrected my squeal problem too. For those that ride in all kinds of nasty weather they are good stuff.

(Results may vary....I offer no scientific proof as to why they are good, just my experiences....)


A. (I have OCD when it comes to my brakes)
speaking of, does anyone like/hate Cool Stop pads?pa rider
Jan 16, 2002 3:32 AM
I use Cool stop pads on my MTB. Their great and having different rubber compound color (yellow, red, blue) helps match the pads to the weather your riding. I used the yellow and red one in the wet Pennsylvania winters. They don't wear out like Shimino or Dia comp pads.

Hoping I can find a sit (mail order company) or LBS who sales their road version.

I bought a pair of Aztec pads to try this year. Had good luck on my MTB ceramic wheel with their green ones. I expect Aztec pads to perform the same as the cool stop pads (I got red compound pads). Found them at