Carbon brake rotors are nothing new on bikes. That is, if your bike just happens to be a $3.5 million MotoGP racing motorcycle.
A company called Kettle Cycles (kettlecycles.com) has developed a silicon-carbide-ceramic-carbon (SiCCC for short) disc brake rotor for mountain bikes and is currently seeking financial backers through popular crowd funding website Kickstarter.
The SiCCC rotor purports to be light weight, wear resistant with superior heat management. Silicon Carbide for friction, Ceramic for heat, and Carbon fiber for strength. There are two versions of the rotors with the main difference being the single carbon rotor/spider unit currently dubbed the “SFL” (our guess is it stands for “Super Freakin’ Light” or some iteration thereof) and the “SiC” version that has a carbon spider mounted to the rotor with metal fasteners.
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How light is light? 40 grams!
Kettle Cycles does caution that the unique materials used require a bedding-in of the pads and rotors.
Personally, I’m interested to see how Kettle Cycles has solved the problem that plagues carbon rotors even on motorcycles (the need to get heat into the disc before they will work consistently).
Price? To be determined.
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