Shimano XTR SM-RT99 CenterLock Disc Rotor
ShimanoXTR SM-RT99 CenterLock Disc Rotor

Ice cold.

Heat buildup is the mortal enemy of disc brake systems, and Shimano has pulled out all the stops with the XTR SM-RT99 CenterLock Disc Rotor to keep the brake calipers cool. Its IceTech technology utilizes an aluminum core sandwiched between stainless steel braking tracks, resulting in a lighter rotor that sheds heat faster than standard all-steel rotors. Additionally, the wavy alloy inserts on the inside of the braking track serve as cooling fans to channel heat away instead of into the brake caliper. All this attention to heat dissipation boils down to more consistent braking power and more confidence on the trails than you'd have with non-IceTech rotors.

Please note that the XTR SM-RT99 rotors are only compatible with CenterLock hubs, and they cannot be adapted to six-bolt hubs. If you need a Shimano IceTech rotor for six-bolt hubs, check out the SH-RT86 XT IceTech rotor.

  • A top-tier disc rotor for unrivaled stopping power
  • IceTech construction manages heat to maintain responsiveness
  • Cooling fins scrub heat while scrubbing speed
  • Temper's XTR speed with equally impressive braking
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All you need

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

All the stopping power you will ever need. I used these for steep downhills and have yet to heat them up enough to compromise performance

Much straighter and stronger than 6 bolt

    My 6-bolt rotors would almost always be wavy right out of the box. The centerlock rotor is straighter and seems to be stronger since I've yet to bend one or even have it become wavy

    True dat!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I was apprehensive at first to go away from 6 bolt but I was surprised by how true these were. Stopping power is about the same.

    Best rotor for Centerlock

      If you have centerlock and want the best rotor out there, here it is.....Really wish they'd make a 6 bolt version of it though.

      When in doubt, XTR

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Serious bit of tech. Feather light, looks the business, and the highest performance. I dont think i push these rotors hard enough to test the cooling, but they certainly have plenty of bite all the way down my steepest DH segments.

      Do not recommend with sram brakes

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These work great with Shimano calipers as intended; the regular Centerline and Centerline X do fine as well, but I experienced a catching sensation with these rotors and SRAM Force calipers, presumably due to the larger pad area grabbing the rotor arms each revolution. This contributed to some accelerated pad wear and imprecise braking.

      Though you'll see plenty of people running the setup, I do not recommend it. There are plenty of other combinations you can ride that won't wear your pads unnecessarily fast.

      No Slowing Down A Vintage Cerwin Vega

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      The SHIMANO XTR SM-RT99 CENTERLOCK DISC ROTOR works perfectly for my vintage Cerwin Vega AT-15. Normally I would use this smaller rotor on the rear wheel but this time I used it to help make the modern high frequency driver fit on the vintage cabinet. The vintage driver was slightly larger in diameter. It looks so good I am surprised Cerwin Vega isn't using shimano xtr components. It did take some minor modifications like drilling out the rivets in the rotor to remove the center lock piece. And, the HF driver needed some sawing on the asymmetrical mounting bracket on the back to fit. But even though this is not it's intended install, it fit with less than a mm of tolerance. Check out the photo of my updated and highly modified Cerwin Vegas I brought back from Arkansas from a dear friend.
      Shimano Components are found in a lot of products, now even speakers. I am taking my vintage Cerwin Vega on a ride through the rock gardens and Classic rock rocks on shimano!

      No Slowing Down A Vintage Cerwin Vega

      Light, 12 mm locking included

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      160 mm is 115 g and lockring included. Light and easy to mount. The lockings work for 12 mm through axles but not for 15mm in the front. Needs a different locking! Comp Cyclist should start to stock these!
      Good brake modulation, I use these with XTR race brakes and there is no lack in stopping power.

      Light, Quiet

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      super lightweight, quiet while braking - even in wet conditions. I use with a non-XTR brake set - just SLX level - and they work just fine.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These are centerlock only rotors. Must have center lock hubs to run these rotors. The freeza technology mix with ice tech really keeps the heat down and braking power consistent. Help to not burn up rotors after a long descent.

      Stop on a Dime

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I put these on my Ibis Mojo 3 and have the Ibis 742 wheelset - you'll need hubs with centerlock. I wanted an aggressive short travel bike and bought a 203mm in front & a 180mm rotor in rear.


      - Lightweight

      - Cools fast

      - Stopping power is next to none

      - Easy to install and remove if need be, considerably easier than dealing with 6 bolt rotors


      - the 15mm (or 20mm) lockring does not come with the rotor. And like Geoff T noted below, they're a bit of a hassle to find. That said if you're lucky enough to have a good local bike shop, they're likely to have one.

      The bottom line is you can't beat these rotors. They're light and work great if you've got hubs with centerlock.

      Stop on a Dime
      Unanswered Question

      What is the thickness of a new rotor and at what thickness should this rotor be replaced?

      Creme de la Creme

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      To use these, you must have Centerlock hubs! If you do, look no further for a rotor! These are light, durable and cool extremely well. I highly recommend them.

      Is the rt99 180mm heavier than rt98 180mm rotors?

      Manufacturer weights show the RT99 as 130g vs. 122g for the RT98. However, you would experience drastic performance advantages by improved heat management on the RT99s aluminum fins

      part needed for thru-axles

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      You need a SM-HB20 lock ring to use these rotors with a 15/20mm oversized axle. These are hard to find.


      best of the best

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I had the icetech rt86 rotors that wouldn't stop squealing so when I upgraded my pads (truckerco semi-metallic organic) I switched out the rotors too the new rt99 and they are awesome. new setup doesn't make a sound and stopping power is definitely better. cant tell if its the pads or the rotors or both, but I like the upgrade to say the least

      Unanswered Question

      I want to know the distance of two bolt(opposite side) at inner side of disc. Size of disc is 203mm

      What does the 160mm SM-RT99 weigh?

      What does the 160mm SM-RT99 weigh?

      Actual Weight:

      SM-RT99, 203mm: 171g