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Ashima Ultralight 3 colour 3 function brake blocks



Top notch replacement blocks and ideal for winter use

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These lightweight pads from Ashima are a great alternative to top end blocks if you're upgrading or building from scratch.

They certainly look very smart, with a brightly shining silver body and two differently coloured compounds in the block itself.

The compounds themselves are heavy with technology, the flexible snow-plough tip at the rear clears grot from your rim, the central orange bit does the actual braking and the heavily sculpted leading edge stops your brakes from squealing like a piggy. The braking surface also has a deep channel cut into the back to help disperse heat on long descents. Look into the channel and you'll see two pits, which serve as wear indicators. Once you can see daylight at the bottom of the pits, it's time to replace the blocks.

By way of comparison, I swapped out the old Dura-Ace blocks on my best bike and fitted these. The compound feels slightly softer than the D-A block. From the off they worked well, biting very positively without any neighbour terrifying squeal. The slightly softer compound also gives them an advantage on wet and muddy roads.

It will be a while before I can comment on their longevity but replacement pads are available for a reasonable £6.99 a pair. I'd guess that they'll wear faster than my old D-A pads, but that's a reasonable trade-off for the superior features you get. Riding on filthy Devon lanes, the snow-plough tip will definitely earn its keep, minimising the amount of grit finding its way to the braking surface and offering some protection to the rims.

Weight weenies on a budget will be delighted to learn that they weight in at around 25g per pair, which is fractionally lighter than D-A despite costing less than half as much.

Overall, I'm impressed with these blocks and they represent excellent value for money.


Top notch replacement blocks and ideal for winter use

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Make and model: Ashima Ultralight 3 colour 3 function brake blocks

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Ashima say, "This pad styles are the market leaders offering not only EBS technology on the braking surface but also include engineering performance and functional enhancements to the rear of the pad….pads don’t get more exciting than this!"

Woo! Big up yo' bad selves Ashima dudes!

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Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 5' 8"  Weight: er....86kg

I usually ride: GT Rave - singlespeed conversion  My best bike is: Guess SC1 scandium

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,

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joemmo | 13 years ago

I've been using the v brake version on my commuter (with cantis) since last summer. Perfectly decent performance and life in wet and dry and considerably better than the stock shimano pads so I'd dispute the 'worst ever' title.

MonkeyMurphia | 13 years ago

I can honestly say this is the worst brake block i have ever used. In wet conditions they are an absolute liability, certainly not fit for purpose.

steer well clear, they look good value at £13.99 a pair (wiggle) but believe me you'll want to swap them out within a couple of rides.

rojre replied to MonkeyMurphia | 10 years ago

Iv been using Ashima blocks on my Ridgeback touring bike "cantelivas" and my urban road bike the Kona Honkytonk "calipers" here in the City of Hills . The Rb came with some pretty awfull rock solid blocks that Tektro supplied. I then used Aztek and they were too hard and grippy , they would bite at times. I dont think either did my rims much good. In fiarness the blocks that came with the Honkytonk were fine but i didnt know the brand. So for some time iv been using the basic black Ashima blocks "not the couloured ones" on both bikes with no complaints, although the canteliva blocks are hugely relient on good brake adjustment.

dave atkinson | 13 years ago

we'll find out soon enough, since we have some of them in and all  1

doutorphil | 13 years ago

this seem equal to BBB tech-stop brake shoes.  26 Shoes Road&LC=EN&Y=2011

...and they cost roughly the same.

Fringe | 13 years ago

ta for that, yeah it was an idle moment between burning the beef and mixing up yorkshire pud batter..and the upteenth bottle of ale.  4

(kids in bed so im now carbo loading on xmas pud, with cream and custard, sloe gin to follow)

Rob Simmonds | 13 years ago

What a question to ask a chap half way through his first Christmas G&T!  13

Hard to say, my main point of reference was the Dura-Ace blocks that they replaced. Without swapping between blocks mid-ride I'd be hard pushed to give you a definitive answer. That said, I have used the (green) Swiss Stops in the past and I don't recall being blown away by the performance especially given the amount they cost, although my wife recalls that they lasted for ages. As the Ashimas are much cheaper (£6.99 vs £19.99 for the Pro Green pads) and the difference in braking performance is not going to be that significant I'd say the Ashimas were better value, at the very least.

Hope that helps, now I'm going back to my G&T!

Fringe | 13 years ago


Fringe | 13 years ago

how would you say they compare with SwissStop pads?

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