Quick question about Brake pads, and if there are any that are cross specific.
I have TRP Euro-x brakes and aluminum wheels. After some research it looks like you can buy pads specific to wet/dry/wheel make ect...
I just purchased some Dura Ace R55C pads. The package says "works well in dry" Should I return these or is there really no difference?
Are you using carbon rims? Swiss stop yellow.
Otherwise get the Kool Stop salmon pads. File the lip off them. Best pads you will ever buy, esp for the money. The green Swiss stops are about as good, not quite as grabby, but don't last nearly as long.
If you can return those pads (say a local shop) I would. If you can't don't sweat it. It's not like pads last that long in 'cross!
Grab Cyclocross Magazine Issue 7 (avail print or digital) for a bunch of cyclocross brake pad reviews. There are two new ones (KoolStop CrossPad and SwissStop's new pad, along with brake power comparisons and setup tips) in Issue 14 as well. The salmon pads now have non rim-rake option in case you don't like the plow tip and don't want to file it off the lip that's on the Dura - it's the Dura2 pad. There are multi-condition pads available as well.
Shimano's pads are well-regarded and often the standard others measure their pads against, but the big downside is that they do eat the metal of rims. So long-term your rims may wear a bit faster.
The sand/mud/rocks/grass/blood/bone/hair between your pads and your carbon rims as-well-as any embedded pieces of aluminum from the aluminum rims that you just switched out.
how have you been enjoying the salmon pads?
As the season went on and the courses here in New England got wetter and muddier I did feel that I had better stopping power with the salmons. With several big names companies coming out with Disc brake XC bikes this year; that might be the BEST way to go for sure.