Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Senior Member pablosnazzy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    fruita, co
    My Bikes
    rocky mountain SLAYER!!!! trek, voodoo, surly, spot, bianchi, ibis
    Posts
    1,703
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    180mm rear brake rotors

    seriously bicycle industry, what are you thinking?

    looks like many bicycles now come with 180mm rotors on the rear wheel. i just got my rocky mountain slayer (have to build it up, my rear wheel didn't fit so i had to order a new rear wheel, when it comes i will build it up and post pics) and it came with a 180mm rotor. the bike is a 16.5 inch bike (i'm a little guy). what person would ride a 16.5 inch bike and need a 180mm brake rotor on the back?


    why? it's ludicrous and makes no sense to me. I can understand a 180 rotor on the front and rear brake for a heavy guy going really really fast downhill, but to just put them on the rear of whatever bike sells to whoever?

    i would say 99% of riders just don't need that much stopping power on their rear wheel. it's almost too much.

    why is this happening? what is the reason? are people asking for it or is the bike industry saying this is how it will be?

    just because you can, doesn't always mean you should.
    Last edited by pablosnazzy; 03-02-12 at 04:24 PM.

  2. #2
    Custom User never's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    T0L0K0
    Posts
    3,739
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A bigger rotor means you're more badass.

  3. #3
    Senior Member pablosnazzy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    fruita, co
    My Bikes
    rocky mountain SLAYER!!!! trek, voodoo, surly, spot, bianchi, ibis
    Posts
    1,703
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by never View Post
    A bigger rotor means you're more badass.
    it would take way more than that. i'm so far from badass, the light from badass would take years to reach me.

  4. #4
    Certified Bike Brat Burton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Montreal, Quebec
    Posts
    4,203
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    On the other hand thats a fairly serious machine and some people might actually want larger disks for better cooling, not brute stopping power. You're still the guy in charge of how hard you squeeze.

    Personally I'd prefer a 203 up front but I think thats the next model up.

  5. #5
    Redheaded Stepchild samburger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    GA, USA
    My Bikes
    A fat tire & a skinny tire & two others I loaned out
    Posts
    1,909
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd say the manufacturer is just trying to provide equal components regardless of the frame size. I'd be pretty pissed if I found out someone else got 20mm larger brakes on their bike just because the frame is 2" bigger. Not that I'd ever need 180's, but it still wouldn't seem fair unless I got a price cut.
    just a n00b with an ego

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •