My bike came equipped Avid brake levers, v-brakes (single digit 5) and stock avid brake pads. They felt fine, but when they started to wear I replaced them with these Kool Stop pads that were reccomended by a friend. They are great! The brake feels stiffer and brakes a lot quicker. If I ride through muddy spots in the trail or if it starts to rain, they do squeak a little but then quickly grip the wheel. They are much better than the stock Avid pides I was using. Highly reccomended for a cheap way to greatly improve breaking!
Summed up: An inexpensive way to upgrade the your brakes.
Yes, I would recomend this to a friend.
Likes: Grippy, Sleek
Works for: All-Weather, MTB, V-Brake
April 08, 2010
reviewed by: jet flashman
The best pads I ran in 25 years of cycling!! Great wet weather stopping on my Tektro canti brake equipped cross/touring bike . Low profile for easy fitment and adjustment. I did have a little squeal for the first few miles but once they were broke in the squeal was gone. I highly recommend these pads to commuters and mixed terrain cyclist that encounter a wide variety of weather conditions. I plan to add these pads to my single speed mountain bike instead of going to disc brakes as I feel they will just as good for a fraction of the cost. What are you waiting for? Buy a set now!!
I bought these salmon pads to replace the stock pads from my Avid Shorty 4 cantilever brakes on my 'cross bike. This was a HUGE improvement. I've had great experience both in dry and wet conditions. Pulling the brake levers used to mean "please slow down when you're ready" and now it's an authoritative "STOP!". The first attempt at install resulted in a lot of brake shudder & squeal; however, after adding more toe-in, that problem has gone away.
(I'm actually running the dual-compound version in the front, though that wasn't for any special reason other than I figured I'd try both & take notes on wear, etc.)
If you have an older model Surly Troll, I don't know about the newer one, but the seat stays are not perpendicular with the axle. And I think that causes these to be hard to adjust because of the way they rotate on the brake pivot in relation to the rim. Adjusting them on my fork is easy enough, but adjust them for my rear wheel is a night mare.