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    What size rotor are you guys and gals running?

    I am transplant and have a hard tail with 160 front and 140 rear rotor. So far so good on the descends but have not seen anything too nasty, been riding lookout, apex etc in Golden.

    What is everyone else running I would assume 160/160 or 180/160 ?

    Thanks

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    185 fr/160 rr on 4" FS 29er XC bike
    185 fr/185 rr on 6" FS 26er AM bike

    Have ran a 203 front. Had fork pressure/compression set too low and grabbed too much front brake. Dumped me over-the-handles hard!

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    I didn't even know they made a 140... I run 185 front and rear on my trail bike. I weigh 200 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSteve in CO View Post
    I didn't even know they made a 140... I run 185 front and rear on my trail bike. I weigh 200 lbs.
    I've seen 140's, but never in CO. They are kookie small...

    I ran 203 front 160 rear for years, then got a bit more of an XC bike (shut up Bacon Boy!) and went to 185 front 160 rear this season.

    IMHO, no reason for more than 160 rear anywhere. 203 up front makes some sense though. Especially if you run the BB7's as I do.

    140's are for poofters.
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    203 in the front and 185 in the rear on bb7's at 240lbs, 250 if I had a lot of beer and pizza the night before
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post


    Disc brakes are for poofters. Cantis fo' life!
    Fixed that for you, ya old codger.

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    140mm works well on the park/jump/pump bike. For the other rides, 203 front and 185 rear.

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    160mm in front and v-brakes on the rear of the 26" XC bike.
    160mm front and rear on the 29'er hard tail XC bike.
    158 lb. rider.

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    To state the obvious, there's no point in a big rotor if you have a wimpy front tire.

    I used to use a 203 rotor up front and Michelin comp 32. That would stop you in no time but was hell to pedal on the flats. Worked great for all the steep dry, loose front range descents.
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    160/140 on my 29er HT XC bike. It's fine for the easier rides but sometimes on long or steep descents I wish I had a 160/160 setup. Also I'm an experienced small female rider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnYourLeft View Post
    160/140 on my 29er HT XC bike. It's fine for the easier rides but sometimes on long or steep descents I wish I had a 160/160 setup. Also I'm an experienced small female rider.
    No... you wish you had a 185/160 setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    No... you wish you had a 185/160 setup.
    I'm with this guy. Used to have a 203 up front. Brakes are so god dam good now it's just not needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    No... you wish you had a 185/160 setup.
    Haha, you're prob right...especially if it also had a rear shock

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    I run 160/140 on my 29er DS and ran the same on my 26er DS for four years prior.

    I am also small and female and have been XC racing since '92. I haven't ever felt the need for more "stop". Ran Avid Ultimates prior, running Formulas now, got the new SRAM hydros on my cross bike (oh and those take a max 140 rear AFAIK).

    guys its different if you only weigh 120#, seriously. We don't need six foot wide handlebars, either (they make my traps hurt tbh and I replaced mine / cut 'em down) but you can't convince a 6'1", 210 pound guy that his experience may not be the same as yours...

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    180 front, 160 rear. Ibis Ripley.

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    180/160 Avid clean sweep rotors with XT hydro's on a titanium HT.
    I'm 210lbs

    Never have had any issues getting stopped.

    Use Swiss Stop organic pads, dead quiet.

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    140's ... yikes

    180f/180r on my 5" 26er trail bike
    185f/160r on my 29er HT

    They both stop me just fine. I really don't notice a difference between the two...aside from the god-awful noises my Elixirs make, but that's a whole other story.

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    What size rotor are you guys and gals running?

    203/180 on my 29er XC bike and 26" AM/Trail bike.

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    I'm a big fan of running equal size rotors at each end. It keeps the rear from overheating as that one sees more dragging. 7" rotors are worth the weight for anything beyond XC racing when you live around long descents.
    Keep the Country country.

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    160/160 with XT calipers, at 240pounds, I have never thought it would be nice to stop quicker but I don't do DH specific so maybe there is an application for bigger rotors.

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    185/160 on a long travel 29er.
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    160/160

    I was going to go to 185's a few years ago when I was unemployed and had ballooned up to ~200 lbs, but since getting back into the groove, I'm back to my 155 lbs and 160/160 is plenty , even for "The Front Range" at that weight. .

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