Kool Stopping Brake Howl

There was a slight buzzkill with the Parlee CX H (for Hugga). Lots of fork shudder, chatter, and a sickening howl that this one time scared a seal off the beach. I was riding along Alki Beach were baby and juvenile seals rest occasionally and the Seals Sitters were out. I stopped to look, brakes howled, and the seal was frightened. The Sitters were unhappy, I felt bad about it, and I decided at the point that the brakes on the Parlee must not scare animals.

Bikes must not scare seals Photo: 2011 Robin Lindsey via Seal Sitters

So with the help of Mark we tried various setups, massive toe-in, and one race on Mini-V brakes. I forgot how much I disliked v-brakes, so we pulled those off immediately, but not before I bronco’d the bike reaching for a handful of brake on a descent.

Kool Stop Greens are Harbor Seal friendly

Then Joe (Redline’s Master Mechanic) recommend Kool-Stop ceramics and that was it. I’m running the R-Sys SLRS with the Exalith treatment. Your mileage will vary of course, but no more shudder on my setup or a howl that scares seals away.

As I wrote earlier about the R-Sys, Mavic recommends their pads, but the Kool Stops work and cost 1/2 as much. They also did not get buzz sawed from the Exalith treatment. Also, with the right pads, those wheels are even better.



0 Comments

To comment

Or with us.





Advertise here

About this Entry

Giant TCR Advanced SL review was the previous entry in this blog.

Panama Bike Pimps is the next one.

Find more recent content on our home page and archives.

About Bike Hugger