Brake pads and black brake tracks?

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Brake pads and black brake tracks?

Postby chris_gr » June 3rd, 2015, 10:04 pm

are there any pads that are less abrasive on the black finish on the brake tracks?
I'm using campagnolo brakes and I have read some stuff from zipp that says they are quite abrasive on aluminum rims. Would Swiss stop or kook stop be better for the life of the finish?
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Re: Brake pads and black brake tracks?

Postby Chris Thornham » June 5th, 2015, 6:42 am

chris_gr wrote:are there any pads that are less abrasive on the black finish on the brake tracks?
I'm using campagnolo brakes and I have read some stuff from zipp that says they are quite abrasive on aluminum rims. Would Swiss stop or kook stop be better for the life of the finish?


Unfortunately, I don't have any information on the level of abrasiveness on brake pads. What I can tell you is that wet conditions are the primary factor in how quickly the black finish will wear off. One wet ride can cause a lot of the black to wear off. On the contrary, you can ride for years in dry conditions and still keep a primarily black look. I can say that my brother uses swiss stop pads rated for aluminum and he likes them.

I hope that helps,
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Re: Brake pads and black brake tracks?

Postby Meathead » August 31st, 2015, 9:25 am

Chris Thornham wrote:One wet ride can cause a lot of the black to wear off.


I can confirm this. Two hours into a 4+ hour ride yesterday, I got caught in a really bad downpour that lasted the rest of the ride & then cleared up (isn't that always the way?) Being paranoid on a pretty hilly & unfamiliar area, I was riding the brakes a lot. When I got home, I looked at my wheels & the rims on both are a bright shiny silver with only minor remnants of black. Before that, they had mild wear, but were still pretty much all black.

I'm a little disappointed, but figured it would happen eventually. For the record, I am using Shimano Ultegra pads.
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Re: Brake pads and black brake tracks?

Postby donjfarr@gmail.com » September 23rd, 2015, 8:24 pm

The black on mine was gone in a week or less. Not really wet either. My only disappointment with my 30s.
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