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Gear Review

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  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I wanted to try something different than that what came stock on my Shimano 105 brakeset. These have kind of a tapered contour on the contact surface that is supposed to wipe away water or debris before the entire surface contacts the brake track of the rim. In theory, this will improve braking and reduce wear on the rim. The design also helps to increase modulation as the amount of pad contact varies with the amount pressure applied to the lever. As the pad is somewhat flexible, this effect is more noticeable than with pad designs where the entire contact surface of the pad hits the rim squarely all at once. I have noticed though, because you have to flex the pad to achieve maximum friction, braking from the hoods requires somewhat more effort compared to braking from the drops. It will take some more time for me to decide whether or not I really like these pads, but I can say that there is a noticeable difference.