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    better brakes / suggestions

    just a quick question, i have a sirrus that has v brake's and i only have about 20 miles on them at the moment. i noticed they dont stop well yet and when i am coming to a stop they make a nasty sound almost like brakes in a car when they go metal to metal.
    i checked the pads and rims to make sure there was no rocks/aluminum shavings or other debris.should i ride it more is there a normal break in period? should i switch the pads.these v brakes look very cheap should i replace the whole setup with something better,i dont even know what brand these v brakes are as their website does not have a name listed . any suggestions would be helpfull thanks
    Last edited by 05kas05; 11-23-2010 at 11:05 PM.
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    Yes brakes do take a while to "bed" in I believe it involves some rubber being built up on the metal rim. Pad alignment can make a difference to noise and performance. Yes 'good" pads do make a difference and can improve performance. I have seen Kool Stop Salmon recommended but I have only ever used the duel compound pads. In my experience there was not much dry braking improvement over the pads I replaced but they where quieter.

    Ultimately to get better brake performance you may need better "brake arms", cables and levers. Cheap brakes tend to flex which decreases braking performance.
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