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    Avid Mech 160mm or 185mm rotors?

    I'm 160 lbs and live where it gets hot in the summer own a Titus Switchblade. Do I need or want the extra power of the 185's? I'm an xc/ anything rider with my first attempt at discs. thanx!

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    I weigh in at 205, and on my 'aggressive xc' hardtail I run a 185mm Avid mech up front and a 160mm out back. That's plenty enough to stop me ... so I think you could probably get by with 160's, but for the extra $11 bucks or whatever, why not throw a 185 up front? It's not like it's gonna hurt, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kept man
    I weigh in at 205, and on my 'aggressive xc' hardtail I run a 185mm Avid mech up front and a 160mm out back. That's plenty enough to stop me ... so I think you could probably get by with 160's, but for the extra $11 bucks or whatever, why not throw a 185 up front? It's not like it's gonna hurt, right?
    YEah, good point. Price point has a good deal right now! thanx

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    I'm a 245# rider. I ride technical single track fairly aggressively. I'm running 160mm BB7s and they have plenty of stopping power for me.

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    And I weight 60kg and use a 203mm Avid up front and am I loving it !

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    I liked the 160 up front because of the extra modulation it provides in slow speed stuff, and it offered enough power for me even when I tipped the scales at 240 pounds.

    But the reality is that even at 200 pounds, I stick with the 185 in front due to its extra heat shedding ability -- my brakes overheat on descents over a mile with the smaller rotors.

    If I were your weight, I'd personally be playing with the 160mm rotors again only because I liked their feel.

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