Kool-Stop International Inc. was started back in 1977, in Oregon USA. While making friction components for industrial applications, the owner, Richard Everett, began supplying a few compounds to the bicycle industry. After creating the first bicycle brake pad that had an internal frame and an air cooled heat sink, the small garage based company started to build a name for itself.

The international growth of the Kool-Stop name has carved out a niche in the market for quality brake pads in all areas of the cycling industry including bmx, MTB, road, cyclecross, gravel and cross country. We’ve also worked on some great collaborative braking projects with many companies over the years including Suntour, Trek, GT, Vans, Skyway, Supercross and Ritchey to name a few.

Most of our high quality products are made in the USA right here in Oregon, our main headquarters and manufacturing facility. All of our compounds, tooling, and rim pads are designed and created here and have been for the last 47 years, to maintain our high performance braking standards.

  • Cycle Shows Throughout the World

    A wide range of Kool-Stop brake pads and accessories are shown yearly at various cycle shows throughout the world; including EuroBike (Germany), Cycle Show in Birmingham (UK), CABDA (west/midwest/east coast US), MADE and the Sea Otter Classic (US). Qualified technical staff is available at these shows for any questions you may have.

  • Kool-Stop Europe

    Our European office, is based in the Netherlands and carries a large stock of all models of brake pads and disc brake pads. Stock is flown in every week and distributors receive their orders within 2 to 4 days after placing them.