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    That One Guy
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    Are rim brake pads universal?

    I have a 2007 Specialized Hardrock Sport, and my brakes are not what they used to be, probably because the pads are very worn. Anyway, I am buying new brake pads but I don't know what to get. I want some that are very strong at braking and cope with a little bit of mud. But, are all pads universal, or do I need to get a specific kind for my brakes? they are v-brakes. I would post a picture, but don't know how.
    Thanks!
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    They're mostly universal. The main difference is the compound. Softer compound works better, but doesn't last as long.

    Just go to your LBS and they'll be able to help.

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    ok, thanks.
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    I tried some generic Mike's Bikes pads in my Shimano V brakes and I didn't like them. They did not fit well into the brake shoes.

    The Shimano M70R2 severe pads work well. I've bought them at Performance.

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