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  1. #1
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    New question here. 203mm rotor with Quick Release front wheel?


    I read somewhere that having a 203mm rotor with a quick release front wheel really wasnt a good idea. Is this true or would it be ok?


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    If your fork and wheel can take it I don't see why not, have done it in the past and know people that run that setup without problems.

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    Ok, thanks

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    How much do you weigh? How do you ride?

    I wouldnt do it myself. QRs are flexy and a little bit of flex spread out over an 8" rotor will get you a lot of rubbing. Also the additional torque from the rotor will really push hard on your QR and lawyer lips on the fork.

    203mm rotors are overkill for anything short of really heavy guys and downhill riders. Most newer calipers are strong enough with 180mm up front.

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    Mainly ride trails, XC and the odd bit of technical. Having thought and got advice from you I do think 203s would suit me! Thanks guys

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    I have ridden 203mm rotors with standard QR on a salsa el mariachi for 5 years and then my jones for a year and half, all with the same salsa QR on the wheel. Never have had a problem.

    The only issue is that they occasionally zing against the pads in rough conditions when I am not braking, probably from a combination of flex in the hub/axle interface, the larger rotor bouncing around and the pads on the 7 year old formula brakes flopping around.
    Try this: HTFU

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    My 2010 Stumpjumper FSR Comp came with this exact setup. Never had an issue. The brakes are now on my '11 Titus Racer X, and I don't see a problem there yet.

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    I had ONE issue with 203's in this setup -- OTB in sudden-stop situations.

    Now I use 185's with BB7's, all the stop I need. (NOTE: I'm a Clyde)
    A bike is the only drug with no bad side effects....

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