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    Old(er) school Shimano V-brake replacement pads

    Got a set of old(er) school Shimano XT v-brakes on a 1998-vintage Trek 8500. These are the XT setup with the parallel linkage between the brake arms and the pads. The pads themselves appear to be of a cartridge design. Thought I read "BR-M730" "735" or "739" stamped on one of the arms.

    Want to step up to some new pads, but am not sure if a particular size pad is required. These always looked real slim compared to the LX v-brakes on another Trek I owned.

    Is a special size pad required?

    Thanks.

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    Quick re-statement of the above:

    I've got older XT v-brakes. Has the cartridge-style pad with the retaining pin. Can anyone tell me which Kool Stop pads I would need to replace the cartridges themselves, not the whole assembly, if this is even possible.

    Thanks.

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    The V-brake style cartridge pads should fit. If not, buying new brake shoes doesn't cost that much and is compatible with newer replacement inserts.

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