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ZippTangente Cork Composite Brake Pad

Item # ZIP0055

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The world is not running out of cork.

First things first. The Zipp Tangente Cork Composite brake pads have a singular purpose: To revolutionize braking quality on carbon rims. We need to stress the word "singular" here, though, because Zipp says in no uncertain terms that they should never be used on aluminum braking surfaces, including Zipp's own clincher wheelsets. If you switch back & forth on a regular basis between training wheels with an aluminum braking surface and full-carbon race wheels, just stick with Zipp's rubber pads. But if you ride on full-carbon wheels every day (or if you have a personal mechanic who can swap out your pads on demand), you'll brake with power and modulation like never before.

The Tangente Cork Composite pads brake at a full 10 degrees Celsius less than rubber pads. This means a big decrease in pad residue -- greatly reducing the grabby, pulsating braking you all-too-often get with carbon rims. You get better stopping power than what you've felt from rubber or other cork compounds. And their unique arrowhead shape (there's more material at the front of the pad) reduce your braking time in wet conditions. They're 0.5mm thicker than rubber pads. Combine this fact with their lower heat and you'll get a wear rate comparable to rubber.

The Zipp Tangente Cork Composite brake pads ship two to a package (enough for one brake caliper), and in two versions -- a Shimano/SRAM-specific style, and a Campagnolo-specific style.

  • Each package includes 2 brake pads
Tech SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
CNC machined composite cork
carbon brake tracks
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Actual Weight

Actual weights are measured in-house by the Competitive Cyclist team.

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:::Slippery when wet:::

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Imagine if you will, a wet cork. Now imagine trying to stop your bike with 4 wet corks. Yes, they have a bit more surface area than the alternative pads, but more wet cork seems to just equal more wet cork in my experience.
As for dry braking performance (on my Zipp 404 FC's, as well as 2 variants of Reynolds carbons), I give them a solid "meh" rating. I wanted to like them, as I agree that cork is a sustainable material and there is some sort of throw-back appeal to them, but the more I consider that, the more I realize it's taking one more step away from the inevitability of disc brakes. Reliable, predictable, non-innertube-exploding disc brakes.
I am switching back to Swiss Stop Flash Pro yellow's, or the Zipp Tangente Platinums. Both have always served me well, and seem to brake much cooler (contrary to the claims) than the cork pads.

What kind of brake pads ar needed for Zipp...

What kind of brake pads ar needed for Zipp 202 wheelset?

I am using those on my 202s. Compared to the regular brake pads from ZIPP, those provide better modulation but less clamping force for the same lever travel - so a bit of extra lever travel is needed for the same braking force. This is something I personally like. Haven't tried on a rainy day but my guess is that they won't work well due to their lower clamping force.