Mountain Biking - Hayes El Camino Rotor Upgrade
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09-23-05, 11:45 AM
I am considering changing my rear El Camino rotor from the 6" that I have now to a 8". My front 6" is just fine (will lock up and send me flying if I grab a handful!) but I'm looking for a little more response/pressure from the rear brake. I ride motorcycles also and realize that the front brake is always more responsive and powerful but I'd like to get them as close as I can. I'm 260lbs. and really want some strong binders.
Has anyone done this and if you have, is it difficult to adapt?
09-23-05, 12:18 PM
I'm pretty sure all you need is the new rotor and a different mounting bracket for the brake.
09-23-05, 07:09 PM
id try new brake pads if i where you, sounds like theyre contaminated(makesure you clean the rotor with alchohol), or at least need a bleed. you should be able to easily lock a back brake even a back v brake.
09-23-05, 08:04 PM
as said ,new rotor and adaptor are all that you need. that should give you more umph in the rear
260 pounds takes a lot more power to stop than 160, snoopz
09-23-05, 10:22 PM
Thanks guys. Yep, tried the pads, the alcohol and bleeding and all that already. The 8" rotor was my next step. That was my one objective of going w/ the discs was to finally have a rear brake that would really grab. Kind of disappointed at first but have since ridden a friends Kona Stinky-DLX w/ 8" Hayes (its an '03 Stinky and I'm not sure of the particular model of Hayes) and that thing would lock-up the rear easily, even on pavement so I know there's still hope. Not Hope the brand but hope for my El's to perform as I expected.
Oh yeah, almost forgot, if any of you buy the El Caminos and plan on bleeding them make sure the bleed kit is a new version from Hayes because it uses a special adapter that threads into the caliper instead of just inserting. When it had to be bled we (me and my LBS) found that out & we had to wait to get the adapter from Hayes as their old bleed kits don't have the threaded adapter. Its El Camino specific for now but will probably be phased into their line-up as it works really well. Thanks for all the input.
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