Avid HS1 Brake Rotors

4/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $39.99


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Product Description

Great technology can change the way you ride, and with the Avid HS1 Heat Shedding Rotor you'll be riding longer than ever. With a new cross-drilled design, the HS1 holds true to its name by efficiently shedding heat. It allows you to tackle the technical by riding the brakes to your heart's content without fear of overheating. More control, less weight, and minimal wear -- that's our kind of rotor.The Avid HS1 Heat Shedding Rotor is the next step in disc brake technology. The one-piece stainless steel design utilizes cross-drilled technology (think Merckx-era drillium) for significant weight savings without compromising durability. The new design promotes heat regulation, and weighs around ten grams less than previous models. The cross-drilling also sheds water quickly, resulting in increased stopping power in wet weather. The Avid HS1 Heat Shedding Rotor is available in 160mm, 180mm and 200mm size. It uses the IS 6-bolt mounting pattern.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Shaun a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2014

Strengths:    Quiet, smooth and powerful with improved modulation.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
I have very basic Tektro Novela brakes on my 2012 Trek Marlin. The rear rotor was warped, so I stopped at my LBS and purchased these at their recommendation. I have been debating between upgrading bikes and just upgrading a few weak points (brakes, fork, tires) on my bike. A warped rotor forced me to do a very small, but noticeable upgrade today. Although the pads and calipers are still sub-par, the rotors have made a surprising difference in modulation and braking feel. Now I'm anxious to see how they will do with a set of clearance priced Elixir X0 hydraulics I have had my eye on!

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Favorite Trail:   Switchgrass

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Apostle Bikeworks W


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by BigGK a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2013

Strengths:    Quiet - I didnt hear much noise from back there.
Stopping Power - Felt great out there. Seem to lock it down when I needed it to.


Weaknesses:    Durability / Strength - These came stock on my 2012 stumpjumper comp - I picked up the bike at the end of the season, so I got a hand full of rides out of the bike and on my last rip when I could feel at some point something happened I felt very slugish and had to fight the bike. When I was packing the bike up I found out my rear wheel barely free spun. I bent the rotor real bad, no idea when or how. But it was so bad the LBS mech couldn't figure out how I did such a bend and wasnt able to straighten it.

Bottom Line:   
The mechanic told me that these rotors were real good and he's never seen a warp like mine. So I think it was my fault, must hit a rock or something. Either way it did happen and these seem to be the most costly rotors in the size/spec I need. Kinda frustrated it happened so early in owning the bike but sh!t happen right? From what I can tell a solid rotor. *the low rating is because it warped after so few rides, be it my fault or not, never had this problem on my mech tekro disc's I rode in the same trails for the 4 months prior.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by mlaff a All Mountain Rider from Clayton, Ca, USA

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2012

Strengths:    Bullet proof, quiet, consistant, makes Avid brakes work right.

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy

Bottom Line:   
The 8" heat shaeding rotor made my Avid brakes useable. I live at the bottom of a 3000' descent. It's a blast with some long descents and twisty single track. But it's really tough on brakes. The 6" stock rotor whinned, sqeeled, gobbled, and dragged after every ride. I was not going to be sanding rotors when I should be riding. The Formula brakes on my other bike don't need that! Instead of tossing the bakes I tried the 8" HS rotor on the front. Once set-up (Avids are a bit finiky), they work great. No probelms at all not. They are reliable, consistant, quiet, and don't fade. They make hte Elixrs perform as advertised. Highly recommend these rotors.

P.S. As with all brakes and rotors (esp. Avid), make sure you bed them in properly (gently)!http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/workshop-how-to-bed-in-disc-brake-pads-31337/

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Avid stock rotors, Avid 6" rotors.

Bike Setup:   Blur LTc XTR, Avid Elixr CR Mag

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by axelnied a Weekend Warrior from San Jose, CA

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2012

Strengths:    My first time at Downieville I realized how much I still have to learn... ;-) As a result of that the 160mm stock rotors from the Avid CR's started to "fade" as they were getting hot: NOT the right time for weak brakes. I read about the HS1's and decided to give them a try. I ordered the 180mm rotors with adapters and after a short brake-in phase they behaved much smoother, better modulation, more "bite", are more quiet than the stock rotors. Don't expect miracles from getting new rotors, but they do behave much better.

Weaknesses:    Ordering the right IS/post adapters can be tricky, since most Avid rotors that size are 185mm, while the HS1's are 180mm.

Bottom Line:   
Effective and inexpensive upgrade.
improved modulation, less fading, less squeaky (more quiet)

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Favorite Trail:   Soquel Demonstration Forest

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $44.00

Purchased At:   Art's Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   stock rotors

Bike Setup:   2011 Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon (black) AM
X-Fusion Hilo drop seat post
Avid CR brakes

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160 HS1 vs 180 Light wave

I have a 2014 rockhopper with Tektro hydraulic disc brakes 160mm back and 180mm up front. I don't have much to test them against but I like them. They seem to stop me easy enough. Anyway one of the locals sold me a set of 2013 Avid XO brakes and 160mm HS1 rotors for almost nothing. So my question is ... Read More »

Parting ways with XT ice-tech rotors for lighter HS1 not worth it in this case?

One bike has XT ice-tech rotors, about 114g each, 160mm. They have been durable, don't pulsate and simply work. Other bike has HS1. About 95g (160mm) each and for my xc race needs they are good. I've had crappy rotors that pulsated and wore quickly although they were light. Having said that, f ... Read More »

AVID X0/HS1 pads

I need some new pads for my 2013 X0's with the HS1 rotor. The X0 specification page lists organic pad with the aluminum back. I assume this is just the stock pads, but for some reason I thought I'd read to only use the organic pads with these brakes and rotors. I can't find where I read that though. ... Read More »

Use HS1 rotors on Icetech shimano (SLX specifically)

I want to run 140mm rear with 6 bolt so that doesn't exist for shimano. I figure the HS1 seems good enough. I have SLX Icetech brakes. This will be for a very small rider so heatup issues aren't a concern of mine. Just want to make sure general compatibility (as in no clearance issues) will exis ... Read More »

Avid HS1 rotors with BB7?

Has anyone tried running the new HS1 rotors with BB7 calipers? I read that there could be issues due to the different contact patch of the BB7 calipers vs the hydro pads the HS1 was presumably designed for. But no confirmation from anyone who has actually tried this combo. Does anyone know if thi ... Read More »

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