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Kool Stop Eagle Claw 2 Cantilever Bicycle Brake Shoes

4.7 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
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Price: $4.21 - $18.69
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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

Product Description

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. This also provides correct toe-in installation.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001HBVI2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,681 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Size: CantileverColor: Black Verified Purchase
I have been riding with these on my mountain bike for over a month. So far I love them. My old Shimano pads had become noisy, and were grinding down the rims. These Kool Stop pads are almost silent. They do a much better job of stopping the bike than the old pads. They work well in the rain, they are easy to modulate, and they aren't "grabby."

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.
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Size: ThreadedColor: Salmon Verified Purchase
I have an older "city bike" with calliper brakes and steel rims. I first bought some cheaper (Dia Compe Grey Matter) pads, but those were horrible.

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!
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Size: ThreadedColor: Black Verified Purchase
Work great. After installing these breaks my breaking power increased so much that I postponed indefinitely the migration to disc brakes. I am an amateur Mountain biker. These brakes worked when going downhill at high speeds. Also, downhill on pavement AND rain. I tested them successfully several times, and not only I survived to write this review, they worked so good I could access harder trails in a controlled manner. I was about to change my entire bike, but after this product, my bike gained some years of usefulness.
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Back before the days of disks and even linear pull brakes, cantilever brakes were the norm on mountain bikes. I first started using Eagle Claw shoes in the 90's; the plain black compound then. They were and are great. Easy to install, as canti shoes go, and the fin on the back plays a dual role of sweeping wet stuff off the rim and setting the toe-in for the contact surface. On he recommendation of my LBS, I tried the dual compound with black and salmon this time. The installation was as easy as ever, and they stop great. I have not used them yet in any wet and muddy conditions, so I am not sure how much the salmon compound will make a difference the next time I get caught on a muddy ride.

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.
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Just installed last week, so they're still getting broken in, but so far, the pads are quiet, grippy (only installed a pair on my rear brakes so far), and smooooooth. Definitely a huge improvement over the (potentially original) old Dia-compe pads on my cantis. Look a lot nicer too! Made sure to thoroughly clean off the rim before using the new ones, as advised by other reviewers and the product packaging.

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.
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Size: CantileverColor: Dual Compound Verified Purchase
I haven't tried Kool Stop brakes until I bought and installed these. I'll be comparing them with XLCs' cantilever brake pads (1/2 the price for 2 pairs)

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.
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Size: ThreadedColor: Salmon Verified Purchase
I've been nearly rear-ending cars. I've gone down hills on which I can't get the bike to stop picking up speed with both brake levers squeezed down against the handlebar (and the brakes adjusted as close to the rim as they can be without rubbing). The local bike law says the brakes must be capable of skidding one tire on dry pavement. Ha!. Just from that, I knew the factory V-brakes on my Specialized Rockhopper were never good. Well, the frame and fork have disc mounts (but the hubs don't), and I was weighing the options of spending $400 on new wheels and new disc brake parts or selling the bike and buying a disc-equipped bike. The brakes were that bad.

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.
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