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Disc brake rotors - do I have to get same ones?

rumbatazrumbataz Posts: 796
edited November 2015 in MTB buying advice
My rotors feel a little rough to the touch and the rears are looking quite thin - although my LBS said they were okay.

I've installed new brake pads and am toying with the idea of changing the rotors too. I have 180mm ones on the front and 160mm ones on the rear. They are Tektro ones that came with the bike.

Do I have replace them with Tektro ones or can I buy any 6-bolt ones?

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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    Any 6 bolt rotor will fit.
    I have had clearance issues with the rivets on some, but that's a different issue.
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  • rumbatazrumbataz Posts: 796
    Great, many thanks. I'll buy some new ones. As a leisure rider I guess some basic new ones will be fine and I don't need to spend large amounts of money on them.
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,792
    Expensive makes no difference at all, will lighten your wallet is all!
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    This ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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  • rumbatazrumbataz Posts: 796
    I'm looking at Shimano XT RT76 rotors (160mm and 180mm) and both come in at around £35 in total. Would these be overkill or a reasonable replacement for my stock Tektro ones?
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,792
    They would be fine, but not really necesary, be aware that the rivets joining the brake surface to the spider can cause issues on some callipers.

    cheaper here
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/in/en/shimano-xt-rt76-6-bolt-disc-rotor/rp-prod39007
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    Those are exactly the ones I had issues with. The bike I had problems with has splined hubs, and not standard, so no choice but to use Shimano rotors as I can't even use adapters. Brakes at the time were, I think Deore M596.

    So I just stick to cheapie Shimano - don't look as pretty, but do the job the same.
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  • rumbatazrumbataz Posts: 796
    These ones are single-piece rotors which look similar to what I have now: Shimano SLX-Zee-Deore RT66

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/shimano-slx-zee-deore-rt66-6-bolt-disc-rotor/rp-prod82436

    Reviews look good and 160mm plus 180mm work out at £20.98 in total. No rivets to worry about so I guess these will be fine?
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    Yep, no problems at all with those. What I ended up using.
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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,792
    Good safe and fair value choice.
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
  • rumbatazrumbataz Posts: 796
    Many thanks, all. Ordered, and I guess I saved a few quid by checking on here first.
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