I hate to disagree, but the Mathauser's are harder even than Campy's pads. They seem to last forever too. I think I'm still using every set of Mathauser's I've ever bought. Living in the country I'd never worn out the Campy's either, but I like to go fast down hills & brake as minimally as I need to. I did wear out a set of Campy's in just a year when I lived in College Park, Maryland, near Larry Black's shop. Traffic was nasty!
I've never tried the black Mathausers, but one ride in the rain makes the red one's indistinguishable from black pads anyway. And I've always thought that stuff about Campy brakes for speed control rather than stopping was a lot of bunk anyway. If that were true, the modern off topic dual pivot sidepulls they make wouldn't be as light touch, fantastic stoppers as they are.
Dan Artley in Parkton, MD
... I alway replace hardened, worn or missing Weinmann pads with Malthauser, which are very definitely softer than Campy. And it's nice the Malthausers are close to the same color as the original Weinmann pads. I've never installed Malthauser pads in Campy brakes, but I feel sure they would greatly improve the Campys' ability to actually stop the bike, if that is the objective. Probably wouldn't "modulate" as well in the peleton, but then there aren't a lot of Campy NR brakes in use in the peleton these days. I know there are some Kool Stop pads available for Campy NR brakes that look like the Malthauser pads, but in black. I understand these are a different compound though, and don't stop as well. Anyone used these black replacement pads?
Big Spring, Texas