Recommended and approved brake pads for zipp wheels

Carbon brake tracks
These brake pads have been tested and approved for use with Zipp tubular and Carbon Clinchers wheels. Having the wrong pads, or worn pads, can be dangerous and potentially void your wheel’s warranty. See your local dealer for more information or to purchase.

Model: Zipp Tangente Platinum Pro Evo Brake Pad
Color: Silver (Grey)
Brake surface: Carbon
Notes: Ships with all new Zipp wheels with carbon braking surfaces; available for purchase in packs of two ($40, €36) for SRAM, Shimano® or Campagnolo® brake-pad holders.

This pad is the result of our endless drive to improve and optimize everything we make. The redesigned pad – created especially for braking on carbon surfaces – delivers smooth speed control and reliable stopping power in all conditions, wet or dry. It also is designed for a longer wear life. The Tangente Platinum Pro Evo Brake Pad is designed for use on carbon rims and has not been approved for use on aluminum braking surfaces.

Model: Zipp Tangente High Performance Cork Brake Pad
Color: Cork
Brake surface: Carbon
Notes: Available for purchase separately in packs of two ($38, €34) for SRAM®, Shimano® or Campagnolo® brake-pad holders.
Please Note: Cork pads are NOT approved for aluminum.

Other approved pads for Zipp wheels with carbon brake tracks:
Tangente Platinum Pro (first version Tangente pad)
SwissStop® Black Prince pad
Bontrager cork pads
Zipp carbon/carbon pads
SwissStop® yellow pads

Clinchers with aluminum braking surfaces
We recommend the standard SRAM and Shimano® (black) rubber pads. Campagnolo® brake pads tend to retain heat and are too aggressive. Pads containing ceramic materials should not be used with Zipp clinchers with aluminum braking surfaces, due to their excessive abrasion.

SwissStop Black Pad

Model: SRAM SwissStop (Flash) Black High Performance
Color: Black
Brake surface: Aluminum
Notes: Comes standard with SRAM RED and Force, available from your local dealer.

Brake Pads included with SRAM Groups
RED caliper brakes:
Come standard with SRAM SwissStop Black High Performance pads – Aluminum braking surface only.
SRAM Force™ caliper brakes:
Come standard with SRAM SwissStop Black High Performance pads – Aluminum braking surface only.
SRAM Rival™ caliper brakes:
Come standard with SRAM / SwissStop Compound brake pads (black).
SRAM Apex™ brakes:
Come standard with SRAM / SwissStop Compound brake pads (black).

Additional note: Any time a pad is being switched between aluminum and carbon braking surfaces it is imperative to check the pad and remove (by filing, picking, or sanding) any aluminum shavings left in the pad.

Aluminum Embedded Brake Pads

Image shows embedded aluminum shards after braking - these must be removed to protect your carbon braking surface against accelerated and excessive wear.