I recently had a rim failure, my LBS is offering me a ceramic rim.

Assuming I go for that; I currently have KoolStop salmon brake shoes. I see they make those in green specially for ceramics.

Can I keep my salmon shoes and get a set of greens for next shoe-change? or do I need to get the green asap?

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    I was wondering how one could really make a rim out of ceramic, but from reading up a bit, it seems just the braking surface is ceramic, not the entire rim. – Kibbee May 30 '13 at 14:06
  • Ceramic Braking surfaces have better friction and less wear. – David Lapeš Jul 2 '20 at 13:42

I've had Mavic rims with Ceramic braking surfaces - They are brilliant, far better braking power - especially when wet and they last forever.

No specific brake blocks are needed - I just used standard Shimano blocks.

Thoroughly recommended.

  • If you could please edit this to mention your brake pads, then this would answer the question. Do you have specific pads for your ceramic rims, or do you use normal brake pads? – Criggie Jul 3 '20 at 19:26

I have not done this myself but from what I've gathered it should be fine. The green pads are likely harder so they last longer and/or less likely to "gum up" the rim. Running the wrong pads with ceramic rims- which are especially hard- isn't like running the wrong pads on carbon rims- which are especially soft.

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