Just picked up some Zipp wheels but still need some brake pads… I’ve seen a few posts recommending SwissStop Black Prince. Also read a few decent reviews on the Evne pads. Both are similar in price ($50 vs $40, respectively) so not set on any one brand or price point in particular. I’ll likely choose whichever I can get my hands on first.
I am however curious if it’s fine to go out for a quick ride with regular brake pads. Weather has just taken a turn for the better and I’m eager to get out for a quick ride on the new wheels. Am I being too overly cautious or should I just wait for until I’m able to get the carbon specific pads in?
Wait for the pads, they’re designed to work with carbon instead of alloy, plus the pads you use on the alloy brake track pick up micro flecks of alloy. You don’t want to brake and destroy the brake track by essentially sanding it off with old pads.
I used yellow SwissStop pads for YEARS on both alloy and carbon rims. Never changed the pads, just swapped wheels. Rain, slush, salt, sand, etc…never once had any issues with using the same pads on both brake track materials. No grinding, no horrible noises and certainly no damage to my carbon rims.
Personally, I would recommend a multiuse pad like the SwissStop yellow and just ride 'em.
What multi purpose pads? Sure you don’t have to use the right type of pad but the needs of the brake pads are different between the two rims. Yellow peas are meant for carbon: Yellow King | SwissStop
Alloy specific pads do work better on alloy
Definitely wait for the brake pads or get them before going for your ride. It’ll probably still stop fine (not sure, just probably), but the old pads might damage the brake track irreversibly. I’d say don’t do it, get the carbon specific pads.