Rotors - Time to replace my Ice-Tech rotors. Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by CBone, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. CBone

    CBone Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Tucker
    Current Bike:
    Intense Primer
    I'm leaning toward Ice-Tech again but I am open to trying something else?
    What is your opinion on the best, the most cost effective, bang for the buck, etc.
     
  2. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

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  3. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    I just put a pair of these on Cathy’s bike and the howling seems to have stopped and she likes how they brake. She had Ice Tech on previously.
    I’m still a firm believer in Ice Tech, it’s all I run. A lot lighter than RT66’s...
     
  4. CBone

    CBone Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Tucker
    Current Bike:
    Intense Primer
    I should add a bit of info. XT brakeset with centerlock.
     
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  5. CBone

    CBone Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Tucker
    Current Bike:
    Intense Primer
    Thanks @UPSed and @Mikie . I'll look at both.
    I've never had noise issues with my XTs just my Avids.
     
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  6. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    I’ve only used XT level Ice Techs (RT-86) for years but they have even better ones for people with centerlock brakes. On another thread, a few people commented that they like Magura rotors best.
     
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  7. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
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    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    If you liked them, stick with them.
     
  8. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
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    I have the same rotors on three bikes. Absolutely the best bang for the buck on my XT brakes.
     
  9. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Same here, on all three bikes.:thumbsup: Including the one with SRAM Rival 1 Road.
     
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  10. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

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    Current Bike:
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    Why dint you just use my quote above to answer?
     
  11. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

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    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
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    I only have three...wasn't clear on yours. :rolleyes:
     
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  12. Obsidian

    Obsidian Member

    Location:
    Costa Mesa
    Name:
    Obsidian
    Current Bike:
    2017 Intense Tracer
    Just get new Ice-Techs. What did you not like about them?
     
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  13. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    You are being way too precise here. o_O:p

    Three equals three if three is what was stated, even if there is actually more than three, as long as it only three that was stated in the statement.
     
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  14. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    Another vote for the 66, but... If I didn't blow through rotors and pads so fast, I would go with the Ice Techs.

    If you like them and don't have to replace frequently, stick with 'em.
     
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  15. beartooth

    beartooth Member

    Name:
    rob
    Current Bike:
    process111
    sorry to hijack, but when is it time to change rotor?
     
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  16. doublewide

    doublewide iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    There is usually a "minimum thickness" number on the rotor. You'll need a mic or a set of calipers to measure. Or if they look burnt, discolored and worn out, change em.

    Happy Braking!
     
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  17. CBone

    CBone Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Tucker
    Current Bike:
    Intense Primer
    I my case it is fairly obvious. The rotors are worn where the pad makes contact.
     
  18. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Salton Sea
    Name:
    Carol
    Manufacturers have recommended thicknesses for replacement time. Shimanos are 1.8mm when new and they recommend changing when they wear to 1.5mm so grab your micrometer! If the braking surface is rough it’s a good indicator too, also if you notice a ledge where the surface that gets pad rub meets the non rubbed surface it’s time to change them. A shop should be able to measure them for you if you don’t have access to a micrometer.
     
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  19. MnMDan

    MnMDan Member

    Location:
    Irvine, CA
    Name:
    Dan Eitman
    Current Bike:
    Trek Superfly FS
    Stick with what works. If you have the need for the heat dissipation then go with the Ice-Techs...otherwise you can save a couple of bucks and go with a less-expensive rotor that will work just as well. Change the pads, bleed the brakes, bed them in, and you're good to go.

    Side note: most MTB'ers have no need for Freeza or Ice Tech unless you're routinely dropping descents that are several minutes in length, or you drag your brakes downhill (see roadies on GMR or any extended descent).
     
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  20. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    You're allowed to use brakes coming down GMR???
     
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  21. Ebruner

    Ebruner Well-Known Member

    Name:
    Erik Bruner
    Current Bike:
    SC Hightower, Kona Hei Hei
    This... I've used the ice techs and the rt66 for most builds. I can't really tell much of a difference with regards to cooling capacity. The ice tech's definitely look cooler on the bike and if I can get those for cheap I jump on em. That being said, the 66 performs super well and handles resin and metallic pads well.

    RT66 are especially useful if you're running metallic pads because you'll be chewing through rotors faster then normal. Helps when a 180mm rotor is 20-25 bucks and not 45.
     
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  22. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

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    Josh
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    Brakes only slow you down. Don't use them!
     
  23. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

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    Edward Bottorff
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    Unless of course you need to stop.
     
  24. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
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    Fred Flintstone style.
     
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  25. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

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    I'm gonna hold you to that the next time we ride. :D
     
  26. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

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    Edward Bottorff
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    And that includes no shoes!
     
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  27. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

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  28. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
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    FYI, if you are mix and matchers, the 66ers don't play well with SRAM calipers, while the 76/86 rotors do fine.
     
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  29. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    They work just fine with the Rival 1 calipers.
     
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  30. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    ...with the opposing brakepad.
     
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