I just replaced some stock Shimano pads with some pads from Kool Stop as that's all I could get hold of...and they are awful. The make a terrible noise and judder badly. The actual braking seems ok and as I've just mounted them, I have no idea of how long they'll last.
I haven't tried them in wet/mud (cos there isn't any!) and I bedded them in carefully but they feel like they are glazed already (after one big ride).
They are cheaper than Shimano but still not exactly "cheap".
So are there any alternative manufacturers (who will mail order to Canada without charging a big delivery fee, or taking weeks to arrive)? Or an outlet that I can pick up from on the Shore?
Im aware of Loam Goat but I've not tried them. Any recommendations?
FWIW, I weigh 200lb and do big descents on my gravel bike, and I'm looking for something which fits GRX400 calipers though I believe some Shimano MTB brakes use same pad design.
I'd rather avoid sintered as they screech badly in the wet
For the sake of this discussion, let's pretend local shops don't have stock of Shimano pads!