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    Brake pads Zipp 101

    I am swapping out the Bontrager Race wheels for Zipp 101s this weekend and noticed on the web that the Zip wheels have an angled braking surface on the rim and from the looks of the Bontrager they are flat. Can I use the same brake pads and if so any adjustment needed to accommodate the beveled surface on the Zipps? There's about 2000 miles on the bike / pads with the stock Bontrager wheels.
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    if your brakes are currently adjusted for wheels that are shaped differently than the Zipps, obviously you'll need to adjust your pads so they're flat against and centered on the braking surface of the Zipp wheels.
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    As a side, don't use the new Zipp Carbon/Carbon brake pads on the Easton EC90 Aero wheels. They don't grip the surface. I used the yellow SwissStops previously with these wheels and they were great. With the construction of my 2013 Trek 6.9, the LBS suggested the change to the Zipp pads. After several weeks of very poor braking, I took it back in. With the brakes on full compression with the Zipps, they wheel would still spin a few revolutions before stopping. Changing only the pad and making no brake adjustment, the yellow SwissStops locks up both wheels now riding. Only conclusion is the braking surface on the Easton's are not compatible with the Zipp pads.
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    Were we talking about Easton wheels? I don't think so.
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    we weren't even talking about Zipp carbon wheels...
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    I was hoping to use the same pads on the Zipp aluminum wheels - not sure how you adjust the angle to sit flat on the rim that has a different angle to the braking surface. Do I need to pick up some parts to change the angle or is it adjustable with what I have? (apologies for the newbie question).
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    as long as both rims are aluminum, you're ok to use the same pads.

    loosen the 4mm bolt that holds the pad on the brake. squeeze the brake lever. position the pad properly. tighten the bolt. done.

    also, it wouldn't hurt to read this...
    http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-...-brake-service
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    Thanks, I'll try it out tomorrow evening when the wheels show up. Looks like torque for the 4mm bolt is 6 N-m, sound right?
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