Kool-Stop Thinline Pads Brake Pad

3.4/5 (20 Reviews)
MSRP : $7.98


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Product Description

The Kool-StopThinline Brake Shoe is designed for Linear pull use and includes mounting hardware.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by mahshroom a Weekend Warrior from Greeen, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: December 18, 2008

Strengths:    Excellent stopping power

Weaknesses:    Learning to setup properly (This goes for most cantilever brakes), not pad's fault.
Price (13 bucks per brake).


Bottom Line:   
This review is for Kool Stop Mountain pad (thinline) black version.

I've put a good amount of miles past few months riding around Washington hills. They have much, much improved stopping power over stock suntour cantibrake pads due to its large rim-pad contact area. It stops as good as my old xt v-brakes with xtr pads. It took some trial and error to set them up, but once I figured out how to setup properly it was relatively easy to work with. In general cantilever brake is pain to set up so don't blame the pads. I first align the pad by holding the pad/brakes next to the rim to desired position and tighten the nut (10mm nut) using my fingers. Then I use allen wrench to hold the bolt that holds the stud of the brake pad, then fully tighten the nut that I had initially secured with my fingers.

Take note as the pad has arrow that indicates direction of wheel rotation. Make sure both ends of the pad are same distance from the rim. Aligning them this way will ensure pads to toe-in (front end of the pad closer to the rim) and eliminates squealing. I have not had any squeals since installation.

I dont know how well they stop in steep hills in wet condition as I have only rode them in sprinkles once, w/o a problem. Perhaps it wasn't wet enough.

Price is quite steep for cantilever pads (12-13 bucks per brake, plus shipping). Three chilis for being so expensive, and 4 chilis for good performance.

Happy riding~

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Favorite Trail:   Any technical trails

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $13.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Shimano & Suntour cantilever pads

Bike Setup:   '91 Rockhopper, suntour xc pro cantibrakes, and other goodies.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott Campbell a Cross Country Rider from Bainbridge Island

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2005

Strengths:    Fits really well with my thinner cyclocross rims. Pretty long lasting considering they don't chew my rims up like Shimano pads. Good stopping power when dry.

Weaknesses:    Scarey as hell when wet.

Bottom Line:   
These pads are descent priced compared to others. They were fairly easy to set up. I usually go through 1 set of fronts and 2 sets of rear pads a year because I commute daily in all weather. These have lasted as well as any others I've used. I race cyclocross in the fall/winter and these pads shed mud great, but when they are wet they SUCK!!!!! I've been in situations riding in the rain down a moderate grade hill in traffic and had to drag my feet a couple of times, lest I be smushed in cross traffic at a red light.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, Avid rim wranglers


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jerry Serra a Racer from Michigan

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2004

Strengths:    they look nice

Weaknesses:    everything else

Bottom Line:   
Here is mail I sent to Koolstop twice with no response. UGH



....your new Mountain Pads for threaded stem brake systems. I so much enjoy your brake products....have used many of them..... didn't hesitate to purchase four pairs of your new salmon, black combo pads at considerable expense compared to your other selections for threaded stem brake systems.

I really tried to like these pads. I fussed with them, tweaked them...done everything I know as a pretty decent bike mechanic to get these things to work their magic. I am semi-retired, a part-time wrench at the LBS that sponsors me and an owner of six bikes hand build from the frame by yours truly.

They have some design flaws for sure and are way to finicky to dial in. The nuts have barley enough recess to put a wrench in to turn without stripping the nut.....what's up with that....some engineer decided a cute way to stop idiots from over tightening. You have to put a good wrench on these pads so they will stay toed in. The choices if you don't toe in are squeaky brakes that required about 2/3 of lever pull to start to engage pads ;-( ....because of those flipper thingy's you have to back them off way too far for decent modulation if you don't toe in....even then the whole pad doesn't sit on the rim....pads are long and stiff and skinny and don't lay on the rim even.

Once installed in a Fashion that their is no brake noise. You have to go thru the process again every time you throw another wheel on the frame with a different type of brake surface.....ceramic...so..on....so..forth....never had this problems with your shorter stockier pads or any of your competitors pads.

These pads have to be toed in to get the little flipper you put on the end of pad to not rub....if you don't toe in you have too much room in the levers and can't get any kind of decent modulation and they squeak like Banchis of course I said that in the paragraph before....but I'm so frustrated with these pads that it bears mentioning again & again.

Best case scenario after you spend eternity to dial in....... they are pretty spongy and at least 1/3 of brake surface never sees the rim.....

I have yet to make a decision about what I'm going to do about changing these pads on my two race bikes. Since they do work.....very poorly I might add, I thought I would see what you folks have to say. I can't be the only one who has issues with these, there is just too many things that don't work very well with these pads to justify their existence.....

Rant over,

-Jerry

PS. I feel better now after getting that off my chest after playing with you pads for hours yesterday. ; - )

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   xtr avid


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Genital Apparatus a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2003

Strengths:    Provide good modulation, were not difficult at all to set up.

Weaknesses:    Do not lock up very easily, have an annoying mud plow tip which I had to sand off.

Bottom Line:   
Not worth the money if you want your brakes to lock up at the touch of a finger. Next up: Plaz.

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Favorite Trail:   Etobicoke Creek, Urban Trials

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $13.00

Purchased At:   Cyclepath

Similar Products Used:   Stock black pads, Jagwire black pads.

Bike Setup:   2002 Specialized Hardrock Pro, Raceface handlebar and stem, Shimano Deore drivetrain.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Tim Cook a Weekend Warrior from Lyons. OR USA

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2003

Strengths:    well.. i took my precious time adjust my kool stop thinlines (v's) and wheel so they were perfect, and i think their strengh would be their ability to piss you off.

Weaknesses:    Weaknesses: where do i start... I couldnt figure out which way to install them so I went online to find the correct way. after i rode on them i could only endo if i was standing up. Then they started to squeak like hell and move around and rub on my tire. The second they hit water they were pointless.


Bottom Line:   
THIS IS A MUST READ
I only had these breaks installed on my bike for one day. ONE DAY. It was so embarising having a nice bike and then your all thanks, and hit your front breaks and they squeak like hell. ANYWAY>>> i tried to give them a second chance so i called my local bike place thingy and asked for every way to make them so they wouldnt squeak. in that process i got a little more strengh, and the squeaking stoped for about a minute then it was worse than ever before. So i got pissed, and my friend looked at his OLD Pacific Bike and laughed and said it had V brakes... I took a closer look at those pads, and the seemed to be worthy of a try. so i installed those pads and the squeaking stoped, and the power went WAY up and they are soo much smoother stopping than the thinlines. You can endo SOOO much harder and for less $ than the thinlines.

Bottomline, dont waste your money on Kool Stop Thinline V brake pads when you can get better pads for half the cost. By the way, that pacific bike also had ProMAx v brakes. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS PRODUCT

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Favorite Trail:   hmmm... not really one in specific

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   RC PLUS

Similar Products Used:   ProMax V brakes

Bike Setup:   KHS ALITE 500 with some hop ups

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jeff Small a Cross Country Rider from Dundas, ONT, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2003

Strengths:    They have a wedge at the front to peel mud. They dont leave marks on my rims.

Weaknesses:    havent ridden enough to find out. We'll see how they do when i play in the mud. I think that if i sand them with fine sandpaper, these pads should be adequate in wet conditions.

Bottom Line:   
Looks good so far. I put them on the other day and i get pretty good stopping power. I think the trick is to adjust your brake arms pretty close to the rim.

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Favorite Trail:   Fire Pit

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $13.00

Purchased At:   Full Cycle(Ottawa)

Similar Products Used:   avid

Bike Setup:   bla bla bla

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider from Bethlehem, PA, USA

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2002

Strengths:    NONE

Weaknesses:    Everything about these pads is pathetic. They perform crappy in wet, muddy, and even dry conditions.

Bottom Line:   
I wouldn't recommend these pads to a rails to trails rider, much less a mountain biker. I considered replacing my whole brake system to disc brakes because of these pads.

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Favorite Trail:   American Standard, Jim Thorpe

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Aztec 2, whatever stock pads came with the bike

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel 90

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason Dreimanis a Weekend Warrior from Adelaide, SA, Australia

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2002

Strengths:    - Excellent stopping power
- Stop well in mud
- Don't gouge my rims like the stock Shimanos


Weaknesses:    - Damn hard to set up
- The allen bolt on all four pads had to be replaced


Bottom Line:   
I've got the dual compound ones (salmon/black), and they are so much better than the stock Shimanos. The only real problem was adjusting them properly. They actually managed to remove all the gouges and metal shards on my rims left by the Shimano pads. I can't really comment on wet performance as I haven't had experience in the wet yet, but they don't make any noise and the feel is nice and progressive.

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Favorite Trail:   Narrow Neck - Blue Mountains

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Express

Similar Products Used:   Shimano stock pads

Bike Setup:   Deore LX brakes, XT levers, Shimano cable.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick from Tempe, AZ

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2001

Strengths:    This is a review of the Salmon thinline pads.

Very good grip when dry, and a good price. I switched from Maguras to Avid SD-7's on my trials bike, and threw on these pads. I haven't noticed any loss of power.


Weaknesses:    Like most any v-brake pad they lose a lot of power when wet. I live in Arizona so I don't really care, though.

Bottom Line:   
They grab and hold tight. If you want the ultimate in braking performance for trials with v-brakes, go for the Plazmatic CR-V pads. If you want something that will get the job done for a reasonable price, try these. Keep them dry. I'm giving them 5 overall because I don't have to worry about wet weather braking. If I did it would probably be a four.

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Favorite Trail:   urban trials

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Red pads for Magura HS-33's (similar performance), shimano stock pads, Avid rim wrangler's

Bike Setup:   Zebdi stock trials

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nick a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2001

Strengths:    Looks, Awesome in the dry, price(compareed to shimano), good in mud.

Weaknesses:    Crap when really wet.

Bottom Line:   
Very good in dry and dryish mud, but useless in rain on wet rims. Better value than shimano and last a long time.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Similar Products Used:   Std Shimano deore


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by chris a Weekend Warrior from Phoenix

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2001

Strengths:    None (for me)

Weaknesses:    poor control, worthless when wet

Bottom Line:   
When I first put these on, I noticed that I needed to squeeze the brakes much harder than usual, and force at the brake lever wasn't proportional to stopping power (i.e.: sqeezing twice as hard only slowed me down a fraction more.) Then I rode through a puddle. The downhill that followed could have killed me. Feathering the brakes did nothing. Cranking them hard did nothing. Cranking them REALLY hard locked them up and catapulted me 6 feet. I immediately put my stock pads back on, with a greater appreciation for them. Also, like many of you, I have stock rims that I true on the bike w/ a spoke wrench and patience. I do a pretty good job, but not perfect. The Kool Stop pads deposit pad material on any imperfections on your rim surface, leaving 'sticky' spots on your rims. Very annoying on the road, very dangerous off.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $24.00

Similar Products Used:   stock Shimano


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Shaun Jerny a Weekend Warrior from Lowestoft

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2000

Strengths:    Lasts ages, good modulation and overal stopping power
and that pointed front thing to clear mud.


Weaknesses:    Wet

Bottom Line:   
These pads are the best v-pads i've ever had,ecept in the wet. They've lasted me nearly a year of street riding and there still goning strong, these are a must. I probably won't see them run out 'cos i'm going to disks if a few weeks!

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Favorite Trail:   Norwich streets!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Life Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Avid, Fibrax, cheap nameless

Bike Setup:   DDG Black jack, RST Mozo 3.5
DH Chain Device, 44t black spire ring Hope Sport C2(soon)

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Cook a Cross Country Rider from London,ON,Canada

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2000

Strengths:    Worked well enough in the dry.

Weaknesses:    They don't like water.

Bottom Line:   
I have used these pads for a week and they are definately broken-in with about 20 miles of twisty-single track and about the same distance in road commuting on them. Even in the dry they are very soft and do nothing to instill confidence.....even with the pads a millimeter off the rim, I am still squeezing my levers about 2/3rds to achieve lock-up and I have tried several set-ups, toe-in etc....

20 minutes ago I came back from my first road ride in the rain with these pads. 10 minutes ago I was rooting through eggshells and banana peels in my garbage can to digout the 90% worn Shimano's that I took off in order to install these life-risking-in-the rain pads with!

Don't buy them unless you live in the dessert! (ie: no rain)

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Favorite Trail:   Meadowlilly in London

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $13.00

Similar Products Used:   only what has come stock on my past bikes...so usually Shimano

Bike Setup:   2000 Schwinn Moab, Mavic D521 rear, 221 front.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Cross Country Rider from Brunei

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2000

Strengths:    Stop brilliantly
Clear the rim of mud and grunge and dont end up all clogged up. Wear well


Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
These pads are the best i have tried and I will probably stick with them. Have had them about a month and ride every day. Great stopping power and choice of colours. I particularly like the fact that they dont wear fast and that they actually still work in muddy conditions (unlike shimano). The wedge design seems to work clearing the rims and unlike shimano they dont seem to clog up. They dont wear anywhere near as fast as shimanos and seem to have more meat on the pads to start with. They squeeled a bit a few times but a few minor adjustments and they are great.

Basically - Kool stuff, get them.

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Favorite Trail:   anything new

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $12.00

Similar Products Used:   Power tools then Shimano xt cartridge pads which were absolute crap and were gone after only a few muddy session (thats the xt's)

Bike Setup:   KHS with an LX/STX-RC mix of components

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ethan a Cross Country Rider from honolulu

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2000

Strengths:    brake design. Easy setup.

Weaknesses:    umm, none

Bottom Line:   
These brakes are the shiznit. Real stopping power. No noise. Really easy to setup. Bottom line...Go get'em.

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Favorite Trail:   All Oahu

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   shimano

Bike Setup:   trek 8000

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Re: brake pads. Do you have a weight for the Kool Stop Thinline non-cartridge pads? They appear to be pretty light from handling the package in the store against other cartridge pad options. They are not posted on weightweenies yet. Any real world experience with these? Also, what about a US sou ... Read More »

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