The bike came with Shimano pads but i found them to be noisy and rough on my expensive rims. I swapped the original pads for these. Great choice. Braking is every bit as good as the originals and the noise is gone. I find the Kool Stops treat my rims much gentler. A great plus as I hate to prematurely wear out the rims because the brake pad material was too hard.
I got the combo (wet dry) model to replace the original Ultegra pads. Initially the pads felt a bit mushier than the old pads but they either broke in or I got used to the sensation so it's a not an issue now. The softer feel may have been caused the by the salmon colored wet braking material. The biggest difference is that I get better modulation which is a big plus. At the moment I can't say anything about the longevity (only for less than 500 miles so far) nor very wet weather braking capability. I've not ridden these in rain but they seem to work fine in misty conditions.
Yes, I'd get these again assuming they last relatively long considering the softer material. The stock pads lasted around 7,000 miles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!