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Low cost, good brakes
on 12 November 2014
These are good, low-priced blocks compatible with all types of V brake systems by SRAM, Shimano and other V brake manufacturers.
The block surfaces have three grooves to help channel water away during wet weather, and the rubber compound is medium soft to give a good balance between effective braking and excessive wear - too soft and the pad wears quickly, too hard and the pad lasts longer but tends to give less braking and puts wear on the wheel rim. Considering the low cost of these I'm happy with this softer compound with good braking and simply replace the pads when necessary.
These are easy to fit and have the necessary washers to adjust the angle of the pad so it contacts the wheel rim at the correct angle to give effective braking.
There are no wear lines to indicate when to change the pad, but as a general guide I would advise replacing them before the surface grooves have worn down.
I've set these up on V brakes with good results and also fitted them to road bike dual pivot calipers where the extra surface area, compared to standard road bike pads, gives excellent braking. No squealing encountered.
For reference the contact surface area is 67mm x 9mm and the weight of each unit is 33g.