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Kool Stop Salmon Brake Shoes

Nothing Else Comes Close!
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Kool Stop Eagle  salmon

CompleteBrake Shoes
With Threaded Hardware:

Kool Stop Eagle  salmon

Complete Brake Shoes
With Smooth Studs:

Kool Stop Eagle  salmon

Brake Pad Refills
for Re-usable Shoe Holders:

Most caliper brakes and direct-pull cantilevers, such as Shimano V-brakes use threaded hardware. Most traditional center-pull cantilevers and some center-pull calipers, such as Mafac, use smooth studs "Rubber" only for refillable brake shoe holders.
BMX
Mountain (The Best!)
Continental
Dura Holder
Eagle 2
Supra 2
Thinline
Eagle 2

Eagle 2 Dual Compound

Thinline Salmon

Thinline Dual Compound

Campagnolo

Shimano "Road"

"V-Type" Refill

New!
Mafac Blocks

New!
Rod Brake Blocks

Kool Stop Features:

Angled Water Groove | Asymmetrical Design | Dual Compound | Plow Tip | Salmon Compound | Spherical Washers

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Kool Stop Salmon Models with threaded hardware:

  
 

Kool Stop Mountain Salmon

This new model is an all-salmon version of the Mountain Pad.

A major upgrade from the Thinline, the Mountain Pads have a double curved design that provides substantially more contact area. Full salmon coverage provides maximum braking power.

This model was formerly called "BMX" but there's nothing "BMX or "mountain" specific about it.

If your brakes, caliper or cantilever, use threaded hardware, the "Mountain" model is the very best you can get, for road or off road use.

BRK14 $13.95/pair threaded only buy button

Kool Stop Eagle  salmon
Mountain Pad
Salmon
Features:

Angled Water Groove | Asymmetrical Design | Plow Tip | Salmon Compound | Spherical Washers

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Kool Stop Dual Compound Mountain Pads

This new Dual Compound model is the top choice for modern mountain bikes with direct pull brakes, and for road bikes as well.

A major upgrade from the Thinline, the Mountain Pads have a double curved design that provides substantially more contact area. The Dual Compound design should help reduce "Shimano Squeal"

If your brakes use threaded post brake shoes, these are the best brake shoes you can buy at any price.

BRK15 $14.95/pair threaded only buy button

Kool Stop Eagle  salmon
Mountain Pad
Dual Compound
Features:

Angled Water Groove | Asymmetrical Design | Dual Compound | Plow Tip | Salmon Compound | Spherical Washers

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Kool Stop "Dura" Holder Kit

This new road shoe/holder system uses the Shimano style refills, fits all caliper brakes that use a threaded post. Kool Stop's Made-in-USA pad holder is similar to the Shimano Dura-Ace, only better. It features ball-and-socket mounting for greater angle djustability than any similar unit.

These come with dual-compound refills installed, and include a spare set of salmon refills.

BRK28 $24.95/pair threaded only buy button

Kool Stop Eagle  salmon
Dura Holder
Features:

Angled Water Groove | Asymmetrical Design | Dual Compound | Plow Tip | Salmon Compound | Spherical Washers

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Kool Stop Thinline Dual Compound Threaded

The Thinline Dual Compound threaded has all of the features of the Eagle 2, but is not as thick. This is a good choice for front brakes with limited clearance, or for use with "direct-pull" brakes, such as the Shimano "V-Brake" ®. The Dual Compound design should help reduce "Shimano Squeal"

This model includes all hardware, including high-quality spherical washers, of differential thickness to allow fine-tuning the reach.

BRK20 $14.95/pair (threaded only) buy button

Kool Stop Thinline Dual Compound Threaded
Thinline Dual Compound
Features:

Angled Water Groove | Asymmetrical Design | Dual Compound | Plow Tip | Salmon Compound | Spherical Washers

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Kool Stop Thinline Threaded

The Thinline threaded has all of the features of the Eagle 2, but is not as thick. This is a good choice for front brakes with limited clearance, or for use with "direct-pull" brakes, such as the Shimano "V-Brake" ®.

This model includes all hardware, including high-quality spherical washers, of differential thickness to allow fine-tuning the reach.

BRK18 $11.95/pair ( threaded buy button or smooth stud.) buy button

Kool Stop Thinline Threaded
Thinline threaded stud
Features:

Angled Water Groove | Asymmetrical Design | Plow Tip | Salmon Compound | Spherical Washers

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Kool Stop Supra 2

This model is a major upgrade from the Eagle 2 . The Supra 2 have the same form as the Eagle 2, but with the more versatile hardware of the BMX, MTB Dual Compound, and Thinline Threaded. Full salmon coverage provides maximum braking power.

BRK37 $12.95/pair threaded only buy button

Kool Stop Supra 2
Supra 2 Pad
Features:

Angled Water Groove | Asymmetrical Design | Plow Tip | Salmon Compound | Spherical Washers

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Kool Stop Eagle 2

This is the classic choice where it fits. The Eagle 2 will fit most rear brakes, but due to the long rear section, there may be clearance problems in some front brakes. If your rim/forkblade clearance is tight, you should choose one of the thinline models, or the Continental.

the Eagle 2 has all of the special Kool Stop features described above.

BRK36 $8.95/pair ( threaded buy button or smooth stud.) buy button

Kool Stop Eagle 2
Eagle 2 Threaded stud
Features:

Angled Water Groove | Asymmetrical Design | Plow Tip | Salmon Compound

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Kool Stop Continental  BRK10 $10.95/pair buy button

This is a more conventional design, for utility use on older bicycles or those which have clearance problems with the fancy Kool Stop models.

Threaded stud only.

Kool Stop Continental
Continental
Features:

Angled Water Groove | Salmon Compound

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Kool Stop Salmon Models with smooth studs:

for traditional center-pull cantilevers and some center-pull calipers, such as Mafac

 Kool Stop Thinline Smooth Stud

The Thinline has all of the features of the Eagle 2, but is not as thick.

This is the best choice for front brakes with limited clearance, or for use with "direct-pull" brakes that require a smooth stud.

Kool Stop Thinline Smooth Stud Dual Compound

Dual Compound Version
BRK21 $12.95/pair smooth stud buy button

Kool Stop Thinline Smooth Stud Salmon

All Salmon Version
BRK19 $11.95/pair smooth stud buy button

Features:

Angled Water Groove | Asymmetrical Design | Dual Compound | Plow Tip | Salmon Compound

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Kool Stop Eagle 2 Dual Compound   BRK35 $9.95/pair buy button

This is the classic choice where it fits. The Eagle 2 will fit most rear brakes, but due to the long rear section, there may be clearance problems in some front brakes. If your rim/forkblade clearance is tight, you should choose the Thinline model.

The Dual Compound design should help reduce "Shimano Squeal".

Kool Stop Eagle2 Dual
Eagle 2 Dual Compound
Features:

Angled Water Groove | Asymmetrical Design | Dual Compound | Plow Tip | Salmon Compound

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Kool Stop Eagle 2 smooth stud   BRK34 $8.95/pair buy button

This is the classic choice where it fits. The Eagle 2 will fit most rear brakes, but due to the long rear section, there may be clearance problems in some front brakes. If your rim/forkblade clearance is tight, you should choose one of the thinline models, or the Continental.

the Eagle 2 has all of the special Kool Stop features described above.

Kool Stop Eagle Smooth
Eagle 2 smooth stud
Features:

Angled Water Groove | Asymmetrical Design | Plow Tip | Salmon Compound

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Kool Stop Salmon refills for re-usable holders:

 

Kool Stop V-type Refills BRK12 $8.95/pair buy button

At last! Kool Stop salmon refills for Shimano XT, XTR "V-Brakes" and other brakes that use similar shoe holders. Replacement locking pins are included.

While this is a cheaper option, it is likely that you would get better results with one of the "Mountain /BMX " complete shoe sets.

Kool Stop Supra 2
"V-Type Refill
Features:

Angled Water Groove | Asymmetrical Design | Plow Tip | Salmon Compound

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Kool Stop Dura Ace Refills BRK25 $8.95/pair buy button

Newer (9-speed) Shimano Dura-Ace, 105 and Ultegra brakes have replaceable shoe inserts. These Kool Stop refills bring the performance of the Scott-Mathauser salmon pad material, and most of the Kool Stop design features to these brakes.

Kool Stop Dura Refills
Dura-Ace/Ultegra/105 refills
Features:

Angled Water Groove | Plow Tip | Salmon Compound

New!  Kool Stop Dura 2 Refills

This model an upgrade from the Dura Ace/Ultegra refills above. Don't need no steenking plow tips? The Dura 2 has a thicker pad for longer life. The backside cutouts reduce weight.

Dura 2 Salmon BRK29 $9.95/pair buy button

Dura 2 Dual Compound BRK30 $10.95/pair buy button

Kool Stop Dura 2
Dura 2 Refills

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Tektro Road shoe holders BRK94 $15.95/pair buy button

These are very nice knock-offs of the Shimano Ultegra/Dura-Ace hardware, but a lot less expensive. I don't know how good or bad the Tektro rubbers are...I'd replace 'em with the Dura refills above right off the bat. These make a very nice upgrade to older caliper brakes.
Tektro shoe holders

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Campagnolo Refills

  These Kool Stop refills bring the performance of the Scott-Mathauser salmon pad material, and most of the Kool Stop design features to these brakes.

Campagnolo 2000 Refills Campy 2000 BRK24 $10.95/pair buy button

These fit Campagnolo shoe holders for the 2000 and later model years, brake models with replaceable inserts instead of moulded pads.
Campagnolo Refills
Campagnolo refills
Features:

Angled Water Groove | Plow Tip | Salmon Compound

Campagnolo Nuovo Record

These are excellent replacements for Campagnolo brakes of the Classic Nuovo Record era (1970s-80s.) They also fit Mafac shoe holders, and probably others. The dovetail fitting is 12 mm wide, 9 mm at the narrow section. 40 mm overall length.

Use black for the most authentic look, or salmon for best braking.

Campagnolo Nuovo Record Salmon BRK22A $23.95/set of 4 buy button

Campagnolo Nuovo Record Black BRK22 $17.95/set of 4 buy button

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Campagnolo Refills
Campagnolo refills
 

Mafac Refills

New! Mafac Brake Blocks

Exact fit replacement brake blocks for Mafac brakes.

Mafac Black BRK41 $23.95/set of 4 buy button

Mafac Salmon BRK42 $23.95/set of 4 buy button

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Rod Brake Refills

New! Rod Brake Inserts

Exact fit replacement brake blocks for old Philips/Raleigh rod brake shoe holders.

Black BRK440 $27.95/set of 4 buy button

Salmon BRK441 $27.95/set of 4 buy button

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Kool Stop and Scott-Mathauser

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Kool Stop

Kool Stop is the major U.S. manufacturer of high-quality brake shoes for bicycles. Kool Stop brake shoes have a number of design features that make them superior to other brands:  
 

Scott-Mathauser and the "Salmon" pad.

Despite the superior design of Kool Stopbrake shoes, for years, Scott-Mathauser brake shoes were the finest available, due to their patented salmon-colored rubber formula. (The "secret ingredient" is iron oxide, a.k.a. "rust", which is what gave them their distinctive color.

Even though they were ugly and had crude hardware, they were favorites of knowledgeable cyclists for their superior stopping power and durability.

Scott MathauserScott-Mathauser brake shoes were manufactured under contract by Kool Stop, but the hardware and shoe shape was determined by Scott-Mathauser. The less expensive Scott-Mathauser shoes had rather clunky mounting hardware; the deluxe models were overpriced and featured bogus "cooling fins." Despite these limitations, the very special Scott-Mathauser compound was so much better than anything else available, that Scott-Mathauser brake shoes were widely recognized as the best perfomers in their day...

...but Scott-Mathauser brake shoes are no longer available!

Kool Stop "Salmon": The Best Of Both!

Now, the un-equalled Scott compound is available in the excellent Kool Stop designs. The "salmon" colored Kool Stop models are the ones made with the Scott-Mathauser material..

The traditional Kool Stop compounds and colors remain available, but we strongly recommend the salmon-colored Scott type.

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