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Back 6.30.2009

New! Cork Brake Pads


No one has studied all aspects of carbon fiber rims more closely than the engineers of Zipp Speed Weaponry who design and test the world’s fastest wheels and components.

In response to the intense heat and residue buildup caused by braking on carbon, Zipp has developed the Tangente High Performance Cork Brake Pad that outperforms all other carbon-specific pads in all conditions. CNC machined from a unique composite material, the Tangente pad combines the stopping performance and durability of a synthetic polymer with the heat resistance and smooth feel of cork.

The Tangente operates at a lower temperature than any rubber-based pad.

• Reduces risk of rolled tubular tires and carbon clincher rim damage
• Leaves no melted pad residue that can cause brake pulsation
• Reduces pulsation from rims with previous residue buildup
• Can extend wheelset life up to four times compared to rubber-based pads

The Tangente offers better overall stopping performance than any other carbon-specific pad.

• Composite material offers greater stopping power than traditional cork.
• Less “grabby” than rubber for improved braking modulation.
• Unique “arrowhead” shape improves wet-weather performance relative to all other cork pads and most rubber pads.

The Tangente is the most durable carbon-specific pad available.

• Cork-polymer composite material wears longer than traditional cork.
• Composite material wears similarly to low-temperature rubber but Tangente pad is .5mm thicker than most carbon-specific rubber pads.

Like Zipp wheels, the Tangente High Performance Cork Brake Pad is made in the USA. Pads are sold in packs of 4 through authorized Zipp retailers and at for $75 US. Pads for Shimano and SRAM brakes are available now; a Campagnolo-compatible version will be available soon.

The Tangente pad may be used on any tubular or clincher rim with a carbon braking surface, but it should never be used on aluminum braking surfaces.