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    New question here. Non-Shimano brakes with XTR center-lock?

    I have a set of wheels with XTR centerlock hubs (and rotors) on the way (found a good used deal). I'm considering the XTR calipers (or '04 XT) with XT hydraulic levers, but am also interested in other options. I've heard Hayes don't work well with the XTR rotors (thicker?). Are there other types that will work?

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    As long as you use any caliper designed for a 160mm rotor you should have no problem.

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    Actually, that is not true with the Shimano rotors...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hecubus
    As long as you use any caliper designed for a 160mm rotor you should have no problem.
    Actually, that is not true with the Shimano rotors as they use a narrower brake track compared to most other rotors, thus you may end up with a pad that doesn't come in full contact with the rotor (it hangs over on the "top" and the "bottom"), thus potentially reducing the braking power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyH
    Actually, that is not true with the Shimano rotors as they use a narrower brake track compared to most other rotors, thus you may end up with a pad that doesn't come in full contact with the rotor (it hangs over on the "top" and the "bottom"), thus potentially reducing the braking power.
    Only the XT 6 bolt rotors have that peculiarity. Still the difference is very small compared to other 160mm rotors and it will only hang over a little bit on the bottom only. Performance wouldn't be any different than a wavy rotor or similar where the pad is not always fully contacting the rotor. It would have to be smaller than 160mm to hang over the top. The XTR rotors have a wider track.

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