Ashima Carbon Addict brake pad set review£34.99

Braking bling that performs too

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We've been doing loads of miles on carbon rims in miserable weather recently, which is perfect for testing carbon-specific pads. These Ashima ones are proving a great alternative to the ubiquitous SwissStops.

Lots of buyers will be seduced by the carbon shoe, and at 24g a pair they save 14g over the Ultegra Swiss Stop combo they replaced on our test bike.

It’s the consistent braking performance in all weathers that really impressed us though. The extra length translates into extra power and there’s no trace of burning smell or fade even when deliberately trying to cook them.

They made our carbon test wheels behave closer to alloy ones under braking than anything else we’ve used, which is a big bonus.

The set includes dual compound alloy pads (pictured) for sliding in when you’re using your alloy training wheels. Replacement pad inserts are available for £7.99.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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