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Looking for help from some old timers out there who may still remember V-brakes. I recently purchased a set of rims that have a ceramic coating. I plan on using my old rims to run street tires and the new ones for mountain biking. My old rims are machined aluminum... Can I use regular pads with the ceramic rims without any adverse affect? If I use ceramic specific pads will they eat up the non ceramic rims or squeal? Thanks!
 

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I had mavic ceramic rims over 10 years ago, used them with regular xtr/xt Vs, the ceramic coating cracked very fast but it didnt make the rims any worse.
 

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I use XTR ceramic pads for my ceramic Bontrager rims and my tungtsen carbide coated Sun rims. Regular pads with coated rims is one of the worst sounds in the world
 

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FireLikeIYA said:
Looking for help from some old timers out there who may still remember V-brakes. I recently purchased a set of rims that have a ceramic coating. I plan on using my old rims to run street tires and the new ones for mountain biking. My old rims are machined aluminum... Can I use regular pads with the ceramic rims without any adverse affect? If I use ceramic specific pads will they eat up the non ceramic rims or squeal? Thanks!
Using regular pads on ceramic rims will do three things. The first is that the ceramic rims will eat those pads alive. Secondly they will squeal a lot (pads become overheated and glazed). Lastly, braking performance will be poor. Going the other way - using ceramic pads on Al rims. The harder pad compound will definitely increase the wear on your rims.

Years ago wasn't there a company that produce a pad that was compatible (but wasn't the greatest for either application) for both Al and ceramic rims?
 

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One thing I have read about mixing rim types between aluminum and ceramic rims without swapping the pads between them is that you get particles of ceramic embeded in the brake pads and those bits of ceramic will chew through the aluminum like you would not believe.
 
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