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    180s on a dart 3?

    I want to upgrade the brakes on my raleigh mojave 8.0 from the bb5s i have on it. I have already decided on the hayes stroker ace for the upgrade to hydraulic, but im at an impasse here. I dont know whether to upgrade to 180mm rotors, and even if this is possible on my rockshox dart 3 fork. I ride mostly technical singletrack in the whitetanks of arizona. I weigh around 170, so i was thinking maybe getting a good 160 would be ok for what im Doing, but i dont know what rotor would be good for this in that size. I figure if i upgrade to 180s i wont worry about overheating, but i dont know if I can feasably adapt up on the dart3. Any help? What rotors should i go with to keep the power up with 160mm? Or Is my fork strong enough to handle 180s?

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    It may physically fit larger than 160 but 160 is the max size recommended by Rockshox.

    Personally, my recommendation would be to pick up a stronger/better fork that would allow you to safely use a 180mm rotor and then maybe upgrade your brakes to BB7's

    Rebas and BB7's can be found fairly inexpensively and would be a very noticable upgrade to your bike..

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    Unfortunately i cant afford a decent fork right now. Thats why im just doing the brakes. Eventually want to get a fox air fork, but the hayes come first at this point

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    You can get a Reba for around $200 on eBay right now. It is a great fork and will work well with a 180mm front rotor.

    Unless someone is blowing them out right now., aren't you going to spend more then that on a set of Stroker Aces..

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    Getting a deal on the aces from a local dealer. Basically paying for one brake and getting both, with a bleeder kit. Im assuming the reba would eliminate the current flex issue i have with thedart?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raleighrider0912 View Post
    Im assuming the reba would eliminate the current flex issue i have with thedart?
    Most of it, yes.. The Reba has 32mm stanchions and is Dual-Air which gives you nice control over damping...

    I only suggested this route because.. In MY opinion.. Having a Reba fork with 180mm front rotor and a well set up BB5 or BB7 would be MUCH more fun (and safer) setup to ride than a Dart 3 with an oversized disc and a Stroker..

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    Thanks for the advice. Might get a reba next paycheck then to go with my new brake setup, ride my bb5s and dart until i have everything then. Any particular rotors preferred?

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    Hopefully others will respond with other ideas/suggestions.. Can't hurt to get a few other opinions..

    Don't forget... You'll also need the proper brake caliper adapter when you increase the size of the front disc.

    I don't have any real preference on rotors.. Cheap and straight is good..

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