It's your worst nightmare. You're hauling down the road, coming in hot to an unfamiliar corner. Round the apex and in your way is a jumbled mess of rocks, glass, and what may very likely be fresh horse droppings. There is no way you want to run into that stuff. You grab a handful of brake lever but nothing happens. Soft, squishy, and low powered, there's no missing it now. Plowing into the mess of debris and down you go. Replace those worn out pads with Kool-Stop Dura 2 Replacement Insert Pads and next time, have the control you need to steer clear of what may lie around the bend.
Purchase the black pads as the path of least resistance to generic shimano squishy brakes. I'm a heavy rider (195) and on stock rims (Alex) and stock brakes and pads, it was a little scary decending at 35mph to a stop light.
Adding these pads to the bike was a no brainer. It took two short rides to really begin to grip nicely. However, they were taken to a whole new level once I bought a new set of wheels. I guess the new machined brake track and a new pad were the key. I'm not used to my weight being stopped so quickly. It modulates well and has great power for being used on such weak breaks.
Use these with a nicely machined rim and you'll be amazed. Save a few hundred by not needing a brake upgrade (unless you're constantly in the hills).
Can't recommend them enough. If they aren't impressive enough for you, check your rim wear and cable stretch. I originally though my cables were stretching. Turns out I had check worn pads, and check calipers on worn rims. I still have flexible calipers but the pads make it feel Like I upgraded two levels in caliper performance. No brainer.
PROS: Easy To Modulate, Easy To Install, Quick Break In, Durable
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