Riding carbon rims and having great preforming brakes or brake pads are mostly mutually exclusive. However after a month of testing Katie and I are really happy with our new carbon brake pad choice for this season.
We've always tried to find the very best components for Katie's job and have often stopped using components when they don't measure up to the extreme conditions of racing in Europe.
The new Zipp cork Tangente High Performance brake pad works fantastic in both wet and dry conditions without squealing or grabbing. There is a really good amount of highend brake power as well as modulation which is a tough ask for most pads. These are the pads we've elected to run this year, yes they are sponsored equipment and there is some biasses because we aren't paying for the pads however we're not afraid of buying other pads when it comes to superior performance which we've done in the past. I've been really impressed with the progression of technology from Zipp. Their rims on the 303 are so revolutionary it would be like dropping a Macbook Pro into 1995. They have revolutionized rim design with real world performance gains for cyclocross. The wider rims produce better handling and increased traction that can be felt out on course. When Zipp asked me to test the rims I was hesitant so I went out and smacked this sht out of them to end the test early. I tried slamming the wheels into concrete edges as hard as I could seated in the saddle to ensure they could handle the stresses of racing World Cup races. The end result was not one blemish on the rims or any signs of damage. Another little advantage for the gluing disadvantaged is these rims are naturally shaped for cyclocross tires which prevents the dreaded tire roll for those who have trouble in this department.
Zipp Tangente Cork brake pads and Zipp 303 Cyclocross wheels are KfC approved.
This is an obvious plug of one of our sponsors but if their brake pads and rims weren't truly revolutionary I wouldn't bother posting.