Kool Stop Eagle Claw 2 Cantilever Bicycle Brake Shoes
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- Full length post makes adjustments possible for all cantilever systems
- Extended pad length and off center post design provides even wear for longer life
- Water groove is located below post for optimal water removal
- Angled plow tip for rain and mud removal
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One note of caution: Thoroughly clean your rims before putting these pads on, to remove all the material deposited by your old pads. Otherwise, your wet stopping ability will be decreased.
On my first ride with Kool Stop salmon pads, I was able to lock up my rear wheel with a firm pull of the brakes.
As a side note, these do work perfectly well with old-school calliper brakes. I wasn't sure if they would or not, so I also bought a pair of the Kool Stop Continental salmon pads (which look like the normal, old-school brake blocks). Turns out, they both work fine (I think any of the Kool Stop threaded pads will) but, for an extra $1, these have a larger surface area, a cool squeegee to clean debris from the rims, and conical washers to allow adjustment of the pads.
I don't review many products online, but did want to say that these are great!
I have to add that i was on the verge of upgrading to linear pull brakes on this bike, but I decided to clean the rims and throw on new KS shoes instead, and I am happy. This bike is more for trail riding and touring; and the cantilevers give ample stopping power. For hard-core mountain riding, I would go linear pull; probably with Kool Stop shoes on those brakes.
To follow up after additional use. They can squeal sometimes, if you have to brake for an extended time like on a steep downhill. And when they do, they squeal REAL loudly. Pedestrians definitely know you're coming. For now I just have a pair on my rear brakes, so it's not a big deal as they don't get used much, but I could see it potentially being annoying if I had them on the front. But I haven't tried anything to make them quit squealing either, since it's pretty infrequent.
Second follow-up: after about a month or less, the squealing that had developed went away again. Once in a great while I'll hear a chirp or two, but otherwise, nice solid brake pads that stop well and are nice and quiet.
It is as advertised. I ordered 2 pairs.
They were easy to install, instructions were good.
If you get the toe angle and plane adjustment right, then you will get really good power out of these. I installed them shortly prior to me writing this review. They haven't broken in yet, but after going back and forth in the driveway, I can immediately notice the stopping power is strong as hell. Like a good V-Brake strong.
Honestly, they're way stronger than the XLCs. Sorry XLC, I think I'll be switching over to Kool Stop.
I haven't taken the bike out to the trails with these pads yet, so I'll break them in and come back with an update soon. So far, 5 stars until a problem arises.
I put these on yesterday. Yes. Now I can skid to a stop and slide it sideways if I want to. I don't want to, but if I did, I could do it with one finger on the lever. Likewise, I could launch myself over the handlebars with the front brake if I wanted to. Don't know exactly why I'd want to do that, but it's nice to know the capability is there.
Simply awesome. I guess people who know wouldn't be as surprised as I was how much of a difference good brake pads can make.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These brakes have stood the test of time. I'm quite content with my purchase. Kool Stop is the only way to go.Published 1 month ago by The Reviewer
Even though they are plenty powerful for braking (the reason this is not 1 star), the squealing, even after toeing in is unbearable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Danial