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Kool Stop Dura 2 Shimano-Type Brake Inserts

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Kool Stop's Dura 2 Replacement Inserts fit holders on Shimano-type* caliper road brakes.

This redesigned pad has been made slightly thicker for longer service life than the original Dura model, and features a 7.65 mm contact width for use with smaller brake tracks. Integrated grooves help displace water and road grime and weight reducing cutouts shed excess material where it isn't needed.

The Dura 2 pads are sold in pairs. Order two sets for a complete bike. Available in a variety of rubber compounds for various rim materials and riding conditions.

Available Rubber Compounds:

  • Black - Dry Conditions
  • Salmon - Wet Conditions
  • Triple Compound - Mixed Conditions
  • Red - Carbon Rims

*These pads are compatible with most (non-Campy) road brakes as long as the as the calipers are equipped with holders which accept replacement pads.

Weight: 40 grams

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Reviewed 9/14/2009
by Andrew S. (BikeTiresDirect.com Staff)
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Portland OR.
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9 of 22 customers found this review helpful.
Work great as replacment pads.

Always use these, they work great!

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Reviewed 7/21/2014
by Chicago J
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Chicago, IL
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Best Brake Pads for the Money!!

I have been riding over 30 years, and have a taste for top dollar product only if they functionon. In my experience through out the years, the Kool Stop Dura Salmon Pads are the best pads for the money hands down. I often hear or read the most common question of which is better SwissStop or Kool Stops. Well that is a little bit of a complex answer. Both are the best pads in the business, yet there are differences. Kool Stop grabs almost instantly with great power in the dry with no fade under heavy application, and in the rain they stop very well except they have a couple second delay before grabbing and then again very quick strong power delivery. This can startle or even cause lock ups and skidding for some not expecting it. The Swissstops have far better modulation, which means no instant grabbing, rather very smooth initiation and then grab progressively stronger with more lever application. The other nicety is that in rain the Swissstops have no delay rather instant application even when wet, lending to a more predictable braking. For overall stopping power black pads from KS are close in my opinion to SS, but still not their equal, rather the Kool Stop Salmon(wet) vs. SwissStop GXP(Blue-wet) is a clearer winner as the SwissStops have better over braking power and much better modulation. The other key notes in both brakes is that neither cause any wear to aluminum rims, and also last about the same under similar use. The final thing to note is their cost vs performance, here is where the divide comes in as KS are far cheaper and more readily available than SS. So in final I run SS on my road race bike, and KS on my cyclocross rig, as they both certainly have their place.

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Reviewed 9/6/2014
by rgwis
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Vancouver, WA
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A good upgrade for your brakes

Replaced the brake inserts that came with my road bike. These inserts haven't glazed over and provide a consistent smooth touch when braking.

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Reviewed 6/20/2014
by krryfx
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Michigan
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Immediately impresses with the firm grippy feel.

I have put a lot of miles on my bike and it was time to replace the brake pads. After discussions, research and study, I chose these. I have put about 500 miles on them so far and they are better than anything I have ever used. Firm and soft (if that makes sense) Wet or dry, they do a great job. Will make these a regular for future use.

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Reviewed 4/10/2014
by OaktownCyclist
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Oakland, CA
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Much better than Shimano equivalent

Can't beat 'em for entry/enthusiast level for those of us who don't want to spend $45 a pop for a pair of pads.

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Reviewed 1/21/2014
by Anonymous
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Vancouver, WA
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Great for wet weather!

A good wet weather brake is essential for my area. I use the salmon inserts and the grip is so good that I can lock up my wheel during the pouring rain, if I'm not careful. Easy to install.

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Reviewed 10/18/2013
by calvesofsteel
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Bay Area
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Solid Response

I have been using Kool Stop brake pads for years now for all of my aluminum rim wheel. I also like that they are made there in the Portland area. The stopping power is positive and consistent. Wet or dry I have found the pads to work great. Testimonial, I continue to purchase these pads for the last 9 years.

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Reviewed 2/24/2014
by ebae
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MD
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All I have used for 5 years

I have been using these for over 5 years. Great stopping power in most conditions.

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Reviewed 2/17/2014
by Anonymous
Albuquerque
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Does it's job and does it better than the competition

Don't bother with other brands, these are the only pads to get for your clinchers.

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Reviewed 8/18/2013
by Anonymous
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Summerland B.C.
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Still my favourite

I've always had the best braking with Koolstops V brake pads on my mountain bikes so after having iffy results with some other options I went for these for the road. Nice to be back. There are probably other types including OEM that last longer, but these stop with less effort and are easy on the rims.

They seem a little loose in the holders but that's just as well as you don't have to struggle to get them in and out. This means you're more likely to pull them and clean the grit out more often.

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Reviewed 7/23/2013
by Larry
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Oakdale, Ca.
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My go to pads

A great replacement pad for what came on my bike. Quite a bit stickier and no chatter on long descents. Kool Stop is a good product.

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Reviewed 1/25/2013
by alicia
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Vancouver, WA
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Better stoppage in wet conditions

I got the salmon pair for winter riding. They really make a difference and hold up a lot better than the regular brakes. Easy to install.

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Reviewed 7/26/2012
by Roy
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Portland, Or
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nice cheap replacement pads

I use these to replace the pads on my commuter bike. They seem to work pretty well in rain and wet riding conditions, plus its very easy to install these insert pads.

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Reviewed 4/30/2012
by lebikerboy
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Vancouver, BC
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Better and longer lasting the the regular Duras...

I use the salmon coloured variety as they work better as an

all round pad especially in the evergreen rainforest of the

Pacific North West. Don't pick up metal fragments like Shimano

and are real easy on your expensive rims!

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Reviewed 3/1/2012
by The FOG
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Portland, OR
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The salmon colored ones work well when wet.

We have all used our brakes when they are wet and thought where did my brakes go. The Salmon colored pads are softer and grip better than the black ones when wet. Only drawback is they wear quicker. This is a small price to pay for better stopping.

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Reviewed 2/2/2012
by Cambria Cyclist
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Cambria CA
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Kool Stop brake inserts are really COOL.

I use the brake pads on my racing bike they work great. Brake pads are responsive and dependable.

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Reviewed 1/19/2012
by Anonymous
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Salmon

I don't know if wild caught or farmed is better, but in a brake pad the KoolStop Salmons are the way to go! I've tried most all of them and these are the best in wet. (YokozunaScott Mathause is equal.) They are excellent in the dry as well - nothing not to like. They do seem a little wide to me, so it's sometimes a little tricky getting them set up to not rub the tire or drop off the brake track.

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Reviewed 1/16/2012
by Danimal_Control
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Portland
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0 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Perfect

Why buy anything else?

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Reviewed 8/31/2010
by The Chez
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Portland, OR
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4 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
Great replacement!

I bought the wet compound brake pads for the usually wet Portland weather. These work great in the dry and in the wet. I'm not entirely sold on the little water wipers at the end as they force you to back off your sensitivity on the brakes a little bit. I'm the type who likes the brakes as close to the rim as possible without side flex grazing. That said, they stop VERY well. Much better than the Dura Ace pads and an upgrade for some of the best brakes ever made!

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