SwissStop Performance Yellow King Brake Pads Review and Highlights

By: Art Penz

* Outstanding wet weather performance on carbon
* 300c + resistance
* Long performance life
* Extremely quiet
* Does not collect alu
* Designed to allow swapping between carbon & alu rims

SwissStop has developed the ultimate brake pad for carbon wheels the Yellow King. Their unique compound allows for unprecedented performance on carbon braking surfaces.

Their compound is not made of quark and so does not suffer from the usual poor performance in the wet weather. It is not standard black rubber either and as such does not gum up carbon rims.

The Yellow King pads for carbon wheels can resist temperatures in excess of 300 degrees Celsius and still maintain their performance. Paired with temperature resistant comes longevity, and these pads have them. Our personal tests show them out last both quark and rubber pads while providing improved braking performance.

The icing on the cake is that not only is the performance improved but the Yellow King compound allows for the easy swapping between your aluminum and performance carbon wheels without the need to file off a layer of brake surface as is normally required to clean the pads. How is this possible? Simply, the Yellow King does not collect aluminum and only requires a quick wipe with a rag when changing between aluminum and carbon brake surfaces.


* Best brake performance
* On dry rims and even better performance on wet rims
* Complete absence of abrasive materials which could damage the rims
* Near silent operation
* Compatibility with all types of rim material (no danger of using the wrong pad and damaging the rim)
* Consistent brake power from 20C to + 40C

We do not recommend regular filing of Swiss Stop brake pads because Swiss Stop brake pads do not collect aluminum. All that is required to clean the pads is a good wipe with a damp rag. If you feel like they are extremely dirty and a rag is not enough try using sand paper.

Many riders may also benefit from removing the toe-in that is often required with black rubber pads. If you previously had rubber pads installed at a bike shop, then you likely have toe-in. SwissStop pads operate very quietly. Toe-in only reduces braking performance by stressing the leading edge of the pad. Best performance is experienced when the braking force is evenly distributed along the entire length of the brake pad.

The SwissStop Yellow King pads come as a set of 4 pads, enough for both front and rear brakes.

Campagnolo version compatible with 2000 and later brakes. Shimano version compatible with 1999 and later brakes. SRAM uses Shimano pads and ZeroGravity uses Campagnolo.

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The Author is owner of We Keep You Cycling, they have the products that keep you riding, from Elite Bottle Cages to Swiss Stop Brake Pads.

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