Kool Stop Kool Stop V-Brake Standard Compound Pair Of Inserts
I now have Kool Stop pads on all my rim-brake-equipped bikes. They are by far the best value and best performing pads ever. They can get a little squeechy after coming to a stop, but it's of no real concern. They perform great in dry conditions and about 100% better in wet - in comparison to the stock Shimano pads on my commuter and road bike. Braking power goes up whilst keeping your rims in good shape.
Can't recommend these highly enough.
15 July 2010
Effective and long lasting
I've used these for three years now on my commuting tourer with canti brakes. They work very well and are easy enough to fit.
21 February 2016
Best I've found
After problems with a leading brand squealing in the dry and grinding the rims in the wet these are great. Smooth and rim friendly.
26 December 2015
Very good Brake Pads
I've used these for about 2 weeks now and I'm very happy with them. They are definitely better than my previous ones in the rain. I also seem to be able to modulate breaking better with them.
18 December 2015
best pads money can buy
These are great pads. They don't eat your rim like other (read Shimano) brands do.
11 April 2015
Excellent and durable
These fit my Fibrax cartridge brake shoes and offer reliable braking in wet or dry weather. Long-lasting compound.
16 March 2015
Bought the salmon pads for my commuter bike as they are widely recommended. They have the best stopping power of any V brake pads I have tried. Only been using them a month or so, so cannot comment on there durability. They are great on the wet autumn roads, I have much more confidence in them than any other pads I have used. Will most likely by them again even if they aren't that long lasting
13 November 2014
Bought these to replace some original Avid pads.
They are just as good as the Avids. Fitted perfectly, good stopping power and no noise.
06 April 2014
Excellent wet weather blocks
I use these on my winter bike as they are friendly to the alloy rims and give good performance in the wet. Downside is they last about half the time of a normal block.
08 January 2014
Highly recommended rim brake pad for awful weather
Fitted the KoolStop Salmon inserts to my CX commuter bike (cantilever brakes) not thinking there would be much difference between these and the standard black compound ones previously fitted but I was wrong.
They clear the rim of any winter road 'cack' within one revolution and provide very good feel and stopping ability compared to my usual "if I squeeze the lever harder I WILL stop..hopefully" reaction.
No sound of the usual grinding on the rim associated with the old pads but they do wear down a bit quicker (as expected with a softer compound).
I would rather replace them more frequently than not be able to slow/ stop when necessary in winter conditions.
27 November 2013
Very simple to fit and they work very well. I recommend them!
29 September 2013
Fits 55mm Tektro cantilevers perfectly. Good quality, and the dandies among you can pick the colour to match your bike.
12 September 2013
noisy but good
I bought the Salmon pads as they are designed for wet performance and they are fabulous. Had some issues at first with excessive squealing but much better now. these really work well
27 August 2013
Very Good Brake Pads
£8 for a pair of brake pads are really rather expensive but I do feel that these Kool Stop brake pads do offer value for money. I bought a pair to try them out after wearing down two pairs of generic brake pads within a few weeks on a cycle tour (wet weather, ice, snow, grit, steep descents and lots of weight) and after reading the good reviews on Wiggle decided to get a pair to try (just for the front brakes). I can report they worked well for a 5 week tour; while my generic back brake pads wore down within a couple of weeks (much less hilly tour this time) the Kool stops are still going strong even after the horrible weather in May/June in Western Europe we had this year. They also brake very well in the wet which is must living in Scotland.
Would recommend but still think they are a bit pricey for something which will have to be replaced every few months.
11 August 2013
Fantastic brake shoes
Immediately felt the benefit of these brake shoes, but once bedded in they are just superb, plenty of stopping power with loads of feel. Seriously good upgrade if you're still using v brakes...
27 July 2013
long lasting, hard working
got these for my touring bike and I'm happy – effective in wet and dry, easy to fit.
23 June 2013
Replacement pads for Avid Rim Wranglers.
Took 5 minutes to replace with supplied new pins and work with greater braking efficiency than the Avid's...and they are superior pads to Shimano/Clarkes etc.
Neat design with raised block to "clean" the rim during motion and their performance almost equals quality disc brakes but without the additional weight penalty.
10 December 2012
Better than average
I bought these as I was fed up with my usual Aztec pads squealing (despite fitting correctly with the right toe-in) and wearing out too fast. Good stopping power and modulation without the squeal, but expensive!
29 November 2012
Best V brake inserts, full stop
I use these pads with Avid Single Digit 7 brakes for my daily commute. They last at least twice as long as the stock pads and don't wear the rims to the same extent as the stock pads do. These are superb pads and great value. Oh, they stop your bike well too!
13 October 2012
V Brake standard compounds
I usually buy V Brake inserts, they're good quality, don't squeal and last ages. The only downside i find is when they are well worn they're power in the wet is greatly reduced.
Fit well on my Tektro canti's
12 October 2012
I bought these to replace the standard pads on my Shimano XT V-brakes.
Braking performance is excellent. After 1,500ks of use it is still solid and consistent.
Fitting was relatively easy although they did develop a loud squeal after about 1 month of use. No amount of fiddling could silence the pads and it took a 45min ride in heavy rain to wear off the offending edges and bring back quiet braking. They have been almost totally silent ever since.
I would definitely buy again.
29 August 2012
good brake blocks!
At £7.99 a pair they're over twice what I would usually hope to pay, but Kool Stop brake blocks came highly recommended, so I had high expectations, all of which were met. I live in hilly and rainy country where brake blocks have been known to last just one Populaire. The Kool stop blocks have so far lasted almost 2000k! Much less gunk than normal blocks, easier to gouge out chunks of aluminium, and less of them. Worth their weight.
26 April 2012
Wrong length for my TEKTRO CR720
these are probably ok but they are the wrong length for my tektro 720 brake shoes which take 55mm pads
16 April 2012
Cool Kool Stop!
The best Compound brake inserts i've used.
No squeal, with good stoping power in the wet.
Also no alloy pickup from the rims.
I would recommend these inserts.
13 October 2011
Great with XTR V brakes
Choose these pads after reading numerous positive reviews to replace XTR pads which were destroying my rims and screaching like mad.Fitted once worked perfectly no noise & rim friendly,recommended!
23 June 2011
Does the job
Great pads, using them on a fixie so they are getting plenty of use. Seem to be holding out well.
Works fine in wet and dry
13 June 2011
Performing well on our touring bikes in the unusually damp Canberra summer/autumn, easy to fit.
20 March 2011
Bought as a replacement for the standard pads that come with Tektro 992AG Oryx Cantilever Brakes and these are a great improvement.
To early to assess durability but after one very gritty winter road ride they look promising. The original Tektro pads only managed about half a dozen rides.
The pads are easy to fit sliding in to the original holders and the rear wiper helping to set the toe in correctly.
21 February 2011
Reasonable wear and feel to the pad. Using these on my commute/Cyclo cross bike. Might not be the sharpest stoppers but on the flip side last a little longer than other options. If your that way inclined matching pads to components can help pimp your ride.
31 January 2011
Time to change the V brake block inserts on my tourer. I tried Kool Stop pads on the tandem initially and the increase in performance was incredible. The effect on the tourer is the same - very efficient, smooth and silent braking. Good to have a choice of colours, too! I won't be buying any other brand of blocks in the future for any of my bikes. The only slight down side is that I couldn't quite get the pins to go fully in and one has already fallen out, but I'll just put one of the old ones in instead.
19 December 2010
I can confirm these pads would feature an approximate length of 70mm, If you could kindly submit a couple of images of the brakes to us using the contact form link below we can take a look and determine the best suitable pads for you: