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Riley Casey
01-23-2012, 12:41 PM
OK, salmon more than pink I suppose but what are the merits of salmon colored brake shoes over traditional black? Other than perhaps a different colored grime around the brake arms?

DaveK
01-23-2012, 12:59 PM
The salmon-colored compound (at least the Kool Stop brand) pads are designed to maintain stopping power in wet conditions. I have them on two bikes and I'm a fan.

consularrider
01-23-2012, 01:00 PM
The discussions I've seen on this topic are that the Koolstop salmons have better performance in wet conditions. I have used both with cantilever brakes on an older bike and have to say I never could tell the difference, but then those weren't particularly stong brakes anyway.

Greenbelt
01-23-2012, 02:33 PM
I've had much better luck with the salmon pads on my cross bike than whatever was on there before.

DaveK
01-23-2012, 03:38 PM
The side benefit is that the brake dust is lighter-colored than with dark pads...

skreaminquadz
01-23-2012, 04:45 PM
I also opted for the salmon kool stop pads over black for two of my bikes. They're much better than that stock avid pads that were on my brakes before.

CCrew
01-23-2012, 07:27 PM
Salmons on everything but the new cross bike. So far the black SRAM pads on the Avid shorty ultimates I'm running on that do a great job.

DaveK
01-23-2012, 08:27 PM
Salmons on everything but the new cross bike. So far the black SRAM pads on the Avid shorty ultimates I'm running on that do a great job.

I like the pads that came with my SRAM calipers as well - I think SwissStop makes them. Haven't tried them in the wet yet.

elcee
01-23-2012, 10:47 PM
The salmon Kool Stops, at least to me, are much more progressive than the blacks, which tend to be grabby in the dry. The salmons are also consistent in variable conditions.

baiskeli
01-24-2012, 12:12 PM
Salmon shoes match my purse.