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I've a tektro draco hydraulic brakes on my mtb and I would like to know if it is possible to mount a different brand rotor to use with my brakes?

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The brand of brake doesn't matter. The only variables you should care about are:

  1. Rotor diameter. You should probably get the same size as the old one; for a different size, you'll need an adapter to reposition the brake calipers.

  2. The way the rotor attaches to the hub. Most of them are held on with 6 bolts, but a few use the "Centerlock" attachement which looks like this:

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Could I use any adapters?, or do I need the ones that matches the calipers brand?. I would like to upgrade to 200mm and is hard to find those tektro draco adapters. –  yeforriak Sep 30 '12 at 8:24
    
You have to match the caliper brand. It's the fork/frame end of the adapter that is standardised, but the caliper mounts tend to be proprietary. –  cmannett85 Sep 30 '12 at 18:59
    
@cmannett85: they're not standardized, but I think there's only a small number of variations. –  Mike Baranczak Sep 30 '12 at 22:47
    
@yeforriak: I'm not sure. You should post a separate question, maybe someone will know. Before you do, measure the distance between the mounting bolt holes (you might need measuring calipers). –  Mike Baranczak Sep 30 '12 at 22:51
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This is a separate answer only because I can't vote or comment on other's answers yet.

Speaking directly to the original question... yes - it is possible. I have a winter set of wheels with a rotor by a different maker and it is a center lock mount vs. a six-bolt mount of my regular wheels. No problem at all and it is one of the main things I like about disk brakes. With rim brakes I would have to adjust the brakes each time I did the switch-a-roo unless both sets of wheels had exactly the same width. Since the winter wheels have studded tires I make the switch on clear/dry days in the winter as well.

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As long as the bolt pattern is the same and the rotor is the same size, it should be fine.

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