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Try wiggling the brake caliper arms from front to back quickly by hand (not in-out like squeezing the brake but inline with the bike frame.) if they wiggle with the tiniest 'thunking' then it sounds like the caliper bushings have worn against the bosses. depending on the nature of the movement, you will either need new bushings in the caliper (usually nylon)...


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Standard brake pads would be ones for aluminium rims. If your carbon rims have an aluminium/ shiny-metal brake track then this is what you want. "Carbon Fibre specific" brake pads tend to be made of cork and cost a lot more than normal brake pads. The braking surface has no trace of metal, and has a clearly visible carbon-fibre weave visible. (after all ...



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