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  • Can a buckled rotor be fixed?
  • Premier Icon ajf
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    Seems like I have a buckled back rotor. There is brake rub at certain points when I rotate the wheel yet it is fine at other points and when spun you can see the buckle.

    Can you fix a buckled rotor any way? Or is it a case of just either living with it or buying a new rotor?

    Premier Icon pinches
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    replace, ideally.

    how did you bend it? if you did try to straighten it, you have more chance if it was bent through impact, although i suspect it was warped with heat rather than impact

    Premier Icon simondbarnes
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    Bend it back into shape with an adjustable spanner.

    Premier Icon smiffy
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    pull it as straight as you can then brake with it to get it really hot. It MAY go straight.

    Premier Icon sharki
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    What kong said

    Premier Icon ajf
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    thought that may be the case. I think it was from a rock smashing into it but not 100% sure?

    Premier Icon ajf
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    OMG loads of posts whilst I typed a response.

    Such a small buckle that it is hard to notice with the wheel off but I will give it a shot if the only other option is to buy another rotor then no loss if i f*ck it up.

    Premier Icon simonfbarnes
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    use an adjustable as sdb says – you’ll find you have to bend the disk way more than you’d think, as it just bounces back, but with patience you can get it quite straight 🙂

    Premier Icon CountZero
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    6″ adjustable spanner with tape on the jaws to prevent marking. I have a pair of bottle openers from MBUK with a slot in the back which is just too perfect for this job for it to be an accident. I had to do my SS’s rotors on Sunday, had an annoying ticking noise when riding, after a phaff getting the front wheel back in while trying a 29er front wheel. The rotor was hitting the pads, so a ten minutes bending the rotor violently cured the problem. You don’t have to replace unless the rotor is really bent, in which case the wheel won’t be rotating anyway. If it turns, it’s fixable. You do have to put more force into it than you might imagine; rotors are stainless steel, and pretty springy, and much more difficult to break than you think..

    Premier Icon bomberman
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    bending the rotor violently

    Violence? I spent literally HOURS taking the disc off, putting it in the vice, bending it this way and that, marking the rub-points with black marker, re-fitting the disc, etc etc etc. Figured out that i was just over-bending it one way then the other. In the end i ditched the vice and spanner and just left the disc on the wheel and coaxed it into line with my FINGERS. worked a treat!

    Mind you about 1/3 of the disc was rubbing the pad, i can imagine if its more of a short sharp kink you might need a spanner to get it straight but if its just a gentle warp then try with ur hands first otherwise you risk making mincemeat out of it!

    Premier Icon epicyclo
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    Straightening rotors is routinely done even to new bikes, there’s even a Park tool for the job.

    Premier Icon Dogsby
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    I have a lovely park tools’ rotor truing tool. Very effective. Also Morning Star Tools in the US do a marvellous set of tools for the purpose.

    Dogsby

    Premier Icon ajf
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    Is this the tool you got? http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/product.asp?pf_id=12923&src=froogle

    There is no big kink but there is a mark on the rim of the rotor where a rock hit it. Will try with the fingers tomorrow but the rotor tool may be a worthy buy as cheaper than a new rotor and less faff than the vice/spanner option.

    Premier Icon BeveledEdge
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    Buy a new one, i’ve tried for hours to get rotors straight again with no luck. Once you get one part straight, the bits at 90 degrees to it just bend.

    Premier Icon Dogsby
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    ajf,

    That’s the one. I find it is fine for fixing small bends.

    Dogsby

    Premier Icon CountZero
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    Well, ‘violently’ is a relative term, I push the rotor or pull it fairly sharply a centimeter or so a couple of times, check it then move to the next bit. I never bother taking the wheel off, as I use the gap either side of the rotor between the pads as a guide, with a piece of white paper behind. I don’t use my fingers ‘cos I don’t want greasy finger prints on the disc that I have to clean off with alcohol. A bit of masking tape stuck on the spanner takes ten seconds to do, and is hardly a faff. Hell, I’ve even done it sitting outside a pub during a bheer stop. It’s not difficult.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    If I replaced rotors every time I found a bent one, I’d have to sell my bike to pay for it :mrgreen: It’s really not difficult to straighten a rotor out, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

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