Brakes are one of the most important components on any road bike, as well as being responsible for being able to stop safely and in good time, effective braking can also maximise performance and race times. At Westbrook Cycles, we stock and supply an excellent range of road bike brakes and components to keep your bike performing as it should do. All of these brakes and parts have been handpicked from the world’s leading bike component manufacturers, and all provide a reliable and strong performance.
The vast majority of our customers ride road bikes which have rim brakes, although more and more are beginning to see the advantages of using disc brakes on their road bike. On bikes with rim brakes, also known as a caliper brake - the brake is constructed from a single component, which is attached by a bolt, to brake arms which ride down towards the tyre. When the brakes are pulled, a cable brings both arms in over, bringing the brake pad in contact with the rim of the wheel - slowing the bike.
Road Bike Brake Pads are available in cartridge and non-cartridge variations, on cartridge versions there is a metal shoe with pad inserts, and on non-cartridge versions - there is just a single rubber block. Cartridge options are the versions we would recommend.
There are also a range of different pads available to suit different rim materials, and weather conditions. Wet weather specific pads are the ideal choice for riders carrying out winter training, or who are training during the wetter months of spring and autumn - these pads can still be used in the dry, but provide their best performance in wet weather VS standard pads.