I have Bontrager carbon fiber rims on my road bike. The Shimano solution seemed to be cork pad which were not very good in the dry and didn't work at all in the rain. I have used the SwissStop yellow and black pads and they both work equally well. I found the yellow pad to get a bit hard with time and did not work as well. Don't know if this is an issue with the black but so far I am very pleased. The pads are quiet and comfortably stop the bike. I prefer disc brakes, but if you have rim brakes and carbon wheels, these pads will work well.
Living in the San Francisco Bay Area gives me access so amazing climbs and descents. These pads give me the confidence to stop and not adjust my riding technique. The brake pads that came with my Fulcrum Racing Quattro Carbon H.40 are longer wearing but do not grip. These pads wear fast but I'd rather stop and pay the premium. I consider this the cost of ownership for riding carbon rims in a hilly area. These are my 3rd set.
These pads provide amazing power and smooth consistent power when blazing downhill turns and racing around bends. My only gripe about these, is that they wear out pretty quickly. If these were $20 cheaper, theses would be 100/10 on my rating scale
I bought the Zipp 404 Firecrest wheels in July 2016 and installed the included grey pads, giving me mediocre stopping power. I read good reviews about SwissStop pads and found out that Zipp approves of this brand, so I gave them a try and am much happier that my road bike stops better now. I will never go back to the grey Zipp pads, it is SwissStop pads only for me on Zipp carbon rims.
I absolutely love the sound my brakes make when I hit them. The whir of Swiss stops on 303's is magical. In races of course it can be a bit disconcerting since the sound can be noticeable even with a touch of the brakes but they obviously do the trick. Nice pads. No problems at all. Carbon's not so great in the rain of course so be careful no matter what pads you have ripping alpine descents in the rain.
I use these for CX with 303 tubs that are a few years old. The are noticeably better than any other pad, save the new zipps grey version. I'd say 20% better than the old yellows and %50 better than the cork (remember those goddamn things?). Obviously, you need to switch pads when using al training wheels, but that is a 3 minute job and you have clean the bike after each cx race anyhow.
I switched to the Black Prince pads from the Yellow King pads. The Black Prince pads seem to work much better than the Yellow Kings did. I get more confidence with the Black Prince pads and although they are still not as good as pads on Ali rims are they work well. I am pretty light so it may be harder for heavier riders, but so far so good.
Went from cork Zipp pads which were good to Carbon specific Swiss Stop (YELLOW) pads-really bad, poor stopping power and lots of squeal from them. Went to the (BLACK) Swiss Stops and they are 100% better - no complaints - will purchase again.
My Easton carbon road wheels came with Swiss Stop yellow kings pads which worked pretty well but definately didn't come close to the breaking performance of aluminum wheels and rubber pads. I recently made the switch to these black prince pads and (WOW!) what a difference it made. The braking performance is awesome, pretty much on par with aluminum wheelsrubber pads and also they seem to be more quiet than the yellow king pads.
I bought these to replace the Yellow SwissStop Brake Pads that came with my Wheel set. The Black Prince Carbon Pads have much better stopping power than the Yellow SwissStop Pads and after some downhill action at least to the touch, the wheels are not as hot. A good upgrade all around so don't hesitate to try them out.
I am using the new SwissStop Black Prince Carbon pads on my Easton EC90 Carbon Wheels and they have a very similar braking performance to that of my aluminum wheelset. I have great confidence in the stopping power of these pads and am very happy SwissStop improved on their yellow pads.
Excellent pads. The zipp tangente pads (zipp 303) were worn and after some research I chose the swissstop black prince, I have not tested them in the rain yet but in dry conditions they are excellent, great stopping power and zero squeaking
I have been a fan of Swiss Stop brake pads for nearly a decade. I have used both the Race Pro version for alloy rims and the carbon version in several offerings. Currently I am using the Black Prince on most all of my bikes for carbon wheels. While the yellow race pro pads do appear to have somewhat better modulation the Black Prince are more durable and wear longer. The difference in modulation is minimal so I use these on my road bike(s) for training and racing since I have to change pads less frequently. I still prefer the yellow pads on my TT bike which sees fewer miles during the season.
Great pads just wished they last longer. I ride Mt Diablo and various rides that go up and down, down and flats with stops where I use the brakes. I think I change pads at least once a year if not sooner which becomes pricey.
Black Prince Carbon brake pads really do what they say they do. I have cork pads previously and was not impressed with the stopping power as they seemed to create a hard surface on the pads. The Black Prince stay soft and i even have to watch out as not to lock the tires up on quick stops. Good stuff!