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What Brake Pads Should You Use For Alloy and Carbon Wheels?

Posted on 28th Jan 2015

Wheels with alloy or carbon fiber braking surfaces must be used with their specific brake pads for several reasons: braking power and modulation, heat dissipation during braking, safety, and warranty. If you regularly switch between a set of alloy training wheels and carbon fiber race wheels, you therefore need to ensure that each time you switch wheels you also switch your brake pads too.

Why you shouldn’t mix and match brake pads: 

Braking on alloy rims in wet weather often causes the brake pads to collect shards of alloy. If you then use these brake pads on your carbon wheels, you risk scratching the brake surface and causing irreversible damage.

Braking performance will decrease when you use the wrong type of brake pad. A set of pads for alloy braking surfaces will be too soft for carbon rims and will wear out quickly, while a set of carbon specific pads will wear an alloy braking surface more quickly than standard brake pads would.

Wheels with alloy braking surfaces: 

Our wheels with alloy braking surfaces include the Team 25 and the Trimax Carbon 35. Brake pads for alloy wheels are typically a rubber compound, which we supply with every brake-set and new bike.

Below: Our wheels with alloy braking surfaces include the Team 25 and the Trimax Carbon 35 


Wheels with carbon fiber braking surfaces:

Vision wheels with carbon fiber braking surfaces include the Metron 40 Clincher and the Metron 81s. We supply carbon fiber specific brake pads with these wheelsets. We strongly recommend that you use the supplied pads which are manufactured by SwissStop.

Below: You need to use carbon brake pads with our range of carbon wheels, like the Metron 40 clinchers


Do you have any questions on the right pads to use with your wheels? If so, get in touch on Twitter and Facebook and we’ll point you in the right direction.