V-brake pads generally come in two types – cartridge and non-cartridge. Non-cartridge pads: The simplest and most inexpensive pad type, consisting of a simple rubber block, with a braking surface and a threaded metal post on the opposite side by means of which the pad is attached to the brake arm. Cartridge pads: have a metal ‘shoe’ with replaceable rubber inserts that can be secured via one or more grub screws. Cartridge pads are regarded as superior to non-cartridge pads as the metal shoe is more resistant to flex, than a rubber block and so offers better stopping power.
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