Review: Shimano IceTech Disc Rotor

The reason I got this because I suspected the Brakco disc rotor I had was replica version. The Brakco rotor was also a floating rotor and I wasn’t sure how secure were the rivets. I had no choice but to quickly replace it before anything bad happened to me. Since I am using Shimano XT brake set that comes with IceTech technology, I thought of giving the IceTech Disc Rotor a try then. It is also a floating disc with 180mm.

I have been using it for almost a year now and I find it subpar. Why? There are 2 reasons behind this:

1) The disc will warp even I pressed the brake for just 1-2 secs but it did get back to shape after it cools down. Even the replica Brakco disc I had did not have this issue unless I pressed the brake for a long time. I have asked some friends who are using 180mm Hope disc to understand if they have the same issue. They replied “NO”. Hmm…. I guessed I need to upgrade again or stuck with this until I replace it.

2) The 2nd issue may or may not due to the rotor disc. It could be a XT brake set that Specialized shop sold to me. I noticed the brake cables are different from original XT set and the braking feel is completely different from my friends’ bikes that uses XT Brake. The braking power is very weak since the day 1 I got them. 😦

Verdict:

Yes, this is cheap comparing with Hope or other brands within the same range but the disc rubbing sound is very annoying. So, definitely I won’t get the 2nd pair again.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Shimano IceTech Disc Rotor

  1. The solution to this (in case you hadn’t solved it) is the cheaper + better SLX’s brake rotors.

    My trek initially ran XT rotors, but I had to bin them after they warp so badly just after a few uses.

    The problem with XT rotors is that they are using a sandwich of different metals. As they heat up they warp so much easier.

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