I've always just bought the cheapest replacement cartridge pads for my road bike calipers and the braking has been fine, but seen some of the swissstop ones recommended whilst I was looking at new wheels.
They mention they don't contain any abrasive compounds? What exactly does this mean - to my mind without some kind of abrasion (friction), the pads won't do what they're meant to?
Do the Swissstop ones help your rims last any longer whilst maintaining decent braking performance.....for £15-£25 a pair, compared to £5 or £6 a pair for cheapo ebay specials???