The exclusive BrakeTech AXIS™ series Ductile Iron full-floaters provides a higher coefficient of friction over stainless, with more feel and feedback at the brake lever. The patented AXIS Design floating system is many times stronger than conventional semi-floating brake rotors. The heart of this leading edge system has the floater buttons controlling radial and axial float only, they are non load-bearing. All of the considerable braking forces are channeled through the trademarked Direct-Link™ architecture, comprising over an 800% increase in surface area load transfer as compared to conventional floating brake rotors...simply far superior by design!
- Patented AXIS Design - featuring Direct-Link™ load transfer system
- U.S. Patent No. 6,957,726
- 50% greater Tensile Strength and Fatigue Strength: Ductile Iron vs Gray Iron
- CNC machined from billet (continuous cast bar) - not porosity prone gravity cast molds
- CRYOGENIC treatment for improved wear resistance
- Greater thermal transfer capability than stainless steel
- Reduced wear from shear forces - longer rotor life
- Carriers CNC machined from premium grade billet aluminum bar - not stamped plate
- Hard-anodized to military grade specifications
- Made in the U.S.A.
Click here for PDF application guide:
• Moto Guzzi
• MV Agusta
• Other European Models
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Sintered Metal Brake Pads on Iron?
There does indeed exist a universal prohibition against the use of sintered metal pads on generic cast iron rotors, we have the same warning. But this caveat is more specifically targeted to old-school gray cast iron and particularly of the individual molding, gravity feed casting type. That combination was and is inherently problematic with a propensity towards suffering from thermal stress induced fracturing. Not good.
The AXIS/Iron on the other hand is a significantly different animal. Firstly, it is CNC machined from American made high grade nodular ductile iron, not gray iron. Secondly, it's a genuine billet part, sawed from continuous cast bar (which eliminates porosity and the problems associated with that). Thirdly, it is an inherently stronger material with tensile strength more akin to steel than gray iron. Plus, besides traditional heat-treat, we also Cryogenically process them to improve their abrasion resistance and reduce wear. But bear in mind, they are still "softer" than stainless steel, which simply stated means you cannot run any pad you want without the potential for problems developing...
We test extensively with virtually all the Ferodo sintered metal pads to assure compatibility with our ductile iron rotors, which is why we can recommend the Ferodo SinterGrip ST, XRAC and ZRAC pads for this application. Though along with virtually all other sintered metal formulations, they will likely result in a somewhat shortened rotor life compared to the organic alternative. For those with a nagging concern regarding the wear issue, we recommend the new Carbon/ceramic CP1 race pads. They are a brilliant performer on stainless, and even better on iron and as such, are more than worthy of your consideration for race use on all iron rotors.
AXIS/Iron Black GunKote: This is a rust inhibiting coating which is thermally bonded on to minimize corrosion. It must be cleared from the pad sweep area before the rotors become fully functional. Please click here for the one page instruction guide: AXIS/Iron Rotor Clearing instructions
Begun back in the mid-90's, our benchmark Hi-Tech Cryo Treatment is applied to all BrakeTech premium performance rotors. This -300º below zero computer controlled process is an advanced material enhancement system which alters the matrix composition of the metal at the molecular level. While improving rotor durability it also maximizes performance on the track with today's high coefficient of friction brake pad compounds.
At BrakeTech, we strive to bring you the best in braking...
DUCATI 1098 / 1198 & STREET-FIGHTER
DUCATI 1199 PANIGALE (without TC triggers)
The all-new AXIS/Iron competition series 330mm x 6mm semi narrow-band race rotor for the stunning 1098/1198/1199 models are now available. These competition designed full-floaters are all business, expressly developed for optimal performance with the Brembo M4 monobloc calipers whether on the track or carving up a canyon. Features include the requisite TC triggers to perform seamlessly with your DTC electronics. The race-spec 6mm thick narrow-track configuration increases thermal capacity for top level Superstock racing, while our patented floating system minimizes brake-drag and maximizes performance. So regardless whether you're a top level racer or a weekend warrior...we have you covered!
BTD-36.L & R
AXIS/Iron 330mm x 6mm race-spec with TC triggers
- See the AXIS/Rear Floater Section for the Matching Hi Performance Rear Race-Rotors
AXIS/Iron 330mm x 6mm Over-Size Race Kits
Regarding the size difference (310mm vs 330mm), it all comes down to the mechanical advantage produced by moving the fulcrum point 10mm further out for more leverage on the wheel. There is also the proportional advantage of greater thermal capacity created by more mass and surface area of the larger unit. Another inherent improvement in all the AXIS series floaters is that they are indeed genuine full-floaters, free to move on their carriers. This reduces brake drag along with all the endemic benefits associated with that including brakes which run cooler than their semi-floating counterparts.
- GSX-R1000, `05+
- Hayabusa, `08+
- B-King, `08+
A perfect match to these competition designed full-floaters is the new Ferodo Carbon/ceramic CP1 race pads. Inspired by the car race division, all of which in that arena are formulated for iron rotors, yet perform brilliantly on stainless as well. But truly, the CP's produce their best result on iron and effectively magnify the performance parameters you'd experience with them on stainless rotors.
From our point of view, if you can deal with the mechanical issues relative to the larger diameter rotors (getting the calipers on and off quickly, etc.), you'll end up with more powerful brakes as described above. No doubt that's why Ducati opted for the 330's on the 1098, 1198 and now their latest Superbike, the Panigale.
Photo courtesy: Justin Knapik
2012 EMRA Canadian Superbike Champion
New 330mm Over-Size Race Kits includes the `05-08 GSX-R1000's shown with the optional blue bobbins:
Another new addition to the expanding 330mm ultra upgrade kits are the AXIS floaters for the `08-13 Hayabusa and B-King, kits come complete with longer grade 8 bolts and special dowel pin positioning caliper spacers: