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    Brake Fade????

    So I have a set of Hayes Stroker Trails on my AM rig along with 180mm Rotors front and back. Heres my problem, going down intermediate trails where I don't ride my brakes much my brakes feel fine, but when I go down a long steep, technical descent where I'm riding my brakes most of the way down they start to squeel like a pig. So my conclusion is that the brakes are getting too hot, and the pads are possibly glazing. I am a bigger guy, so I think that might have an impact (im 245lbs). What do you guys think I should do??

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    Bigger rotors for sure, you could also play around with different pad compounds. Organic's have been known to be quieter than other compounds.

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    203mm rotors front and rear for a big guy like you!

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    Im currently working out and biking alot to lose weight, would you guys say once I lose 50lbs I can gravitate back to 180mm rotors??

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    I run a 203 front, 160 back and do some decent descents too in PA. I can tell you that in the last 5 five months I went from 210 lbs down to about 175 lbs. I was glad to have that 203 up front then and I'm still glad now at my lighter weight.

    Even losing the 50 lbs you'll still be a borderline clyde around 200 lbs while doing steep, technical descents. Go with the 203. You'll be amazed at the difference.

    Good luck with the weight loss! I love how much difference it makes in my riding ability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wickedone31
    Im currently working out and biking alot to lose weight, would you guys say once I lose 50lbs I can gravitate back to 180mm rotors??
    Possibly, but I think 203 up front and 180 in the rear would be ideal for you in that weight class. It would give you the extra power you'll need for occassional heavy braking on long, steep descents w/o the worry of overheating/fading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roxnroots
    I run a 203 front, 160 back and do some decent descents too in PA. I can tell you that in the last 5 five months I went from 210 lbs down to about 175 lbs. I was glad to have that 203 up front then and I'm still glad now at my lighter weight.

    Even losing the 50 lbs you'll still be a borderline clyde around 200 lbs while doing steep, technical descents. Go with the 203. You'll be amazed at the difference.

    Good luck with the weight loss! I love how much difference it makes in my riding ability.

    Thanks man, I hope I can do it within 5-6 months. I also read that the rotors im using are for weight weenie XC bikes. What kinda rotors would be a little bit beefier?? I currently have the Alligator Serration ( sawtooth) 180mm which are designed to be light weight. heres what they look like
    <img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_z2s_w5rHJAg/Rmm0704dlJI/AAAAAAAAARE/HOYRvvSvLkU/s200/Z_115%2BALISR7.jpg" />

    I was looking at the Hope Sawtooth Fixed Rotor what do you guys think???

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    Quote Originally Posted by wickedone31
    Thanks man, I hope I can do it within 5-6 months. I also read that the rotors im using are for weight weenie XC bikes. What kinda rotors would be a little bit beefier?? I currently have the Alligator Serration ( sawtooth) 180mm which are designed to be light weight. heres what they look like
    <img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_z2s_w5rHJAg/Rmm0704dlJI/AAAAAAAAARE/HOYRvvSvLkU/s200/Z_115%2BALISR7.jpg" />

    I was looking at the Hope Sawtooth Fixed Rotor what do you guys think???
    The hopes are good rotors.

    Honestly I'm not surprised you're overheating with the alligators, there isn't a lot of material (or surface area) in those rotors which means that for a given amount of energy generated through braking, these rotors are going to get much hotter than other rotors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by General Hickey
    The hopes are good rotors.

    Honestly I'm not surprised you're overheating with the alligators, there isn't a lot of material (or surface area) in those rotors which means that for a given amount of energy generated through braking, these rotors are going to get much hotter than other rotors.
    Thats funny because they say Alligators are designed to dissipate heat better because of the smaller surface area.

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