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    Upgrade disc rotors, easy or too involved?

    I have a 2009 Kona Hoss with 6" disc rotors, thinking of moving up to the 8" rotors for better stopping power, is it a simple matter of just changing out the disc rotors for the 8' or is there alot more work (and cost) than that? Can the brake be adjusted to accomodate the bigger rotor?

    Thanks!
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    Almost that easy. Since the Hoss is a hardtail I'm not sure what fork does it have on there and will it take 8". In general you'd need the rotor and the brake adapter. That's all. How much do you weight why do you feel you need the 8". 7" rotor would fit most fork for sure.

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    The reality is the 6" would be more than enough for the average rider. Unless you weigh a lot or do radical down hill; the breaks you have will be more than enough!

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    Or just make sure the current brakes are working at 100%.

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    I do ride alot of singletrack/downhill and just thought since the 6" is working good, then the 8" would be much better.
    Rueben

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    Yeah, why not. When I got the Magura Wotan fork the minimum rotor size is 8" I thought it was too much, I was using shimano XT brake with that and modulation was never an issue and be careful you'll get addicted to the power quickly. My friend ran 8" rotor on his Moto-lite and he loves it.

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    Not necessarily. You might find it to be more stopping power in front than you need or want. If the 6" rotor is adequate, your probably better off spending your money on a different upgrade.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    8 in the front can be nice....you'll simply need an adapter for the type of disc mount you have on your fork (I.S. or post mount)...

    BUT....8 in the rear (damn...that sounds nasty) is overkill IMO....it's waaay too easy to jack your rear rotor up on rocks...and really adds zero benefit to actually stopping.
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    8 in the front is good, 6 in the rear is fine. all you need is a bigger rotor and the appropiate adapter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    8 in the front is good, 6 in the rear is fine. all you need is a bigger rotor and the appropiate adapter.


    Damn, 6 in the rear sounds like a lot to handle

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