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    New question here. Mixing and matching rotors...

    I am thinking about getting a set of BB7's, but I want to know if I can successfully swap out the stock rotors for a set of shimano's. I have seen BB7's with other avid discs. Can I do this and if so how hard is it?

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    you can swap rotors, but not with shimanos. shimano rotors have a narrower brake track than most everyone else and the pad will either not be totally used or hit the splines.
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    Awww...
    Shimano's look bad to!

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    2005-2007 xt rotors will work,and they work really well

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29ERCAT
    2005-2007 xt rotors will work,and they work really well
    How do I know if I get a 05-07 rotor?

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    another big factor- are your wheels six bolt or centerlock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by theextremist04
    another big factor- are your wheels six bolt or centerlock?
    6 bolt.

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    Shimano 6-bolt IS rotors will work. Avid BB7 brakes work with many other brands of rotors:

    -Shimano Deore, XT, XTR(6-bolt iS mount only)
    -All Hayes
    -Avid Clean Sweep G2, Roundagon, Clean Sweep Serpentine, Wavy rotors
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    "I am thinking about getting a set of BB7's, but I want to know if I can successfully swap out the stock rotors for a set of shimano's. I have seen BB7's with other avid discs. Can I do this and if so how hard is it?"

    I am assuming that you are looking at trying to use the two pice shimano rotor with the rotor that is riveted to an aluminum carrier. They do look nice, the only problem is Shimano started the two piece rotor design with their switch to the centerlock system. There are six bolt Shimano rotors out there, but they aren't the two piece design and look like any other 6 bolt rotor. So if you really wanted to use the two piece rotor you'd have to go with centerlock hubs. But since your current hubs are 6 bolt it would be rather expensive just to get the "look" that you want. That and as scottzg noted, many Shimano rotors do use a narrower braking track that can cause problems.

    There are others that make 2 pice rotors in six bolt, Magura and Hope come to mind. But again you'd have to find out about compatability issues with them. Myself I'd just stick with the Avid Clean Sweep series. The G1, G2 or the new G3s all perform very well, no compatability issues, etc. My personal preference is for function over form.

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