December 18, 2013
Lots of modulation ability
Gobs of stopping power
Slightly lower "cold brake pad" squeel
Rear wheel spends less time on the ground
May result in face plants
I tend to bomb downhill sections on trails, and have plans on doing some downhill specific riding in the future, so I figured jumping from the 7" to the 8" rotor would be a good idea. The increased stopping power and better modulation ability might be beneficial on long downhill runs.
I've enjoyed the rotor and it's abilities so far. I've noticed a difference in braking power, and I'll easily lock up the rear tire due to it being lifted off the ground under moderately heavy braking. Really clamp on the brake handle and the rear wheel will jump up off the ground.
Probably overkill for most riding out there, but well worth it for larger riders or people who treat every downhill like a speed trap.