The Pros: Outstanding power and modulation.
The Cons: A little pricier than most replacement pads.
The Verdict: A great, inexpensive upgrade for any road or cross brake.
Brake pads are often an overlooked component on a road or ‘cross bike, but having a good set can make a ride so much better. What sets great brake pads apart from mediocre offerings is the right blend of power and modulation. Swiss Stop’s new Flash Pro BXP high performance alloy pads have that magical blend, and they’ve seriously raised the bar for the competition.
Modulation: 10 Power is nothing without control. This control is what makes the BXP pads so special. Initial bite is solid, but is also remarkably smooth. Squeezing the brake lever harder produces a predictable, gently rising rate to braking power that does not exhibit any grabbiness, even when pushed to the absolute limits of available traction.
Power: 10 With more available outright stopping power than any other brake pad I’ve tried (including Swiss Stop’s other offerings), I couldn’t help but be impressed. High-speed descents revealed a new level of control made possible by the massive amounts of stopping power the BXP pads provide. The best example of the benefits of this power was experienced in the braking zones leading into downhill corners. The confidence that this power provided added a new level of enjoyment to descending efforts.
Longevity: 9 No brake pad lasts forever, but some seem to nearly evaporate! The Swiss Stop BXP pads are not one of these. Even with plenty of long descents, the BXP’s were long wearing and are at about 20-25% wear after roughly 1500 miles.
Bottom Line: New brakes are expensive. But brake pads are cheap. If you are after a new, more powerful, smoother brake, you might want to try the Swiss Stop Flash Pro BXP pads first and see if you don’t get what you are after for a whole lot less.
Daniel Slusser is a professional bicycle mechanic with over ten years of experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from HSU and a master’s degree in history from Cal Poly. When he is not riding, wrenching, or writing he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.