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    Can someone explain the different color compounds? For rim brakes they have black for dry conditions, salmon for wet, and one with both. What is the downside of using the salmon pads for all-around use? Do they wear faster? Brake poorly in dry conditions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    Can someone explain the different color compounds? For rim brakes they have black for dry conditions, salmon for wet, and one with both. What is the downside of using the salmon pads for all-around use? Do they wear faster? Brake poorly in dry conditions?
    I use the salmon pads on all our bikes (6). The feel and grip those pads afford is wonderful in all conditions. I donít know if they wear quicker than the black but they last many thousands of miles. They are not at all expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveT View Post
    I use the salmon pads on all our bikes (6). The feel and grip those pads afford is wonderful in all conditions. I donít know if they wear quicker than the black but they last many thousands of miles. They are not at all expensive.
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    I've used both and like the black ones better. I think they last longer and squeal less. They brake about the same in dry conditions, but I don't ride in the rain.

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    the Salmon pads are great all around and much better wet - if they wear faster it's not at a rate that I ever worried about. Unless you live in the mountains you'll probably get a couple years out of a set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Srode View Post
    the Salmon pads are great all around and much better wet - if they wear faster it's not at a rate that I ever worried about. Unless you live in the mountains you'll probably get a couple years out of a set.
    I have multiple bikes so none of them get big miles. I usually replace the pads because they get old and lose effectiveness before they hit the wear limit. So, If the salmon pads wear a bit faster it won't matter to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    I have multiple bikes so none of them get big miles. I usually replace the pads because they get old and lose effectiveness before they hit the wear limit. So, If the salmon pads wear a bit faster it won't matter to me.
    Oftentimes you can take sandpaper to the brake pads to freshen them up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    I have multiple bikes so none of them get big miles. I usually replace the pads because they get old and lose effectiveness before they hit the wear limit. So, If the salmon pads wear a bit faster it won't matter to me.
    you will surely like them then
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    Assuming your not riding in the wet or have grit jammed into the pads, are the salmon pads ďgentleĒ on rims for year long use? Iím assuming from the comments that they wear fast, they are a soft compound for friction in the wet....but could also see them being hyper aggressive to generate friction as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffWarner View Post
    Assuming your not riding in the wet or have grit jammed into the pads, are the salmon pads ďgentleĒ on rims for year long use? Iím assuming from the comments that they wear fast, they are a soft compound for friction in the wet....but could also see them being hyper aggressive to generate friction as well.


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    The salmon pads arenít soft, they are of a different compound. They donít seem to wear appreciably faster than anything else Iíve used. Weíve used salmon pads for many years, at least10, and equip any new bike we buy with them.

    To me, the best feature of the salmon pads are the grip and feel they offer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffWarner View Post
    Assuming your not riding in the wet or have grit jammed into the pads, are the salmon pads ďgentleĒ on rims for year long use? Iím assuming from the comments that they wear fast, they are a soft compound for friction in the wet....but could also see them being hyper aggressive to generate friction as well.


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    Kool Stop pads are pretty rim friendly (all colors). They don't pick up bits of aluminum that gets imbedded in the pads and wears away at the rim, for example. They seem to wear faster than Shimano pads I've used, but I wouldn't say they wear fast.

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