Having just bought a set of Hope Hoops with Stan’s Crest rims I realised that – doh – I needed some new rotors. No problem I thought, I’ll get some G2/G3 Avid rotors like the one’s currently on my Trek.
So as usual I checked Merlin/Wiggle/CRC and – are you sitting down – the Avid rotors are list price £49.99 each (well according the Wiggle anyway). The best price I found them at was £23 each (Merlin) or £35! (Wiggle).
Well you can get a bling Hope floating rotor for that (£30) and clearly there is much more production gone into a floating rotor. Plus you can colour co-ordinate if that’s your thing, as it is for some Moles – Andy.
This just seems to highlight how arbitary MTB part prices can be. Although to be fair to Avid, Shimano XTR centrelock rotors are the same list price. However the Avid rotors are a laser cut sheet of stainless steel much like other rotors in the £20-25 each catagory, nothing fancy.
So – being a tightwad – what to do? Well checking around further I came up trumps with Superstar. Bargaintastic as usual. Two rotors (one 185mm/one 160mm) wavy rotors for £21.49 including p&p. They are round and seem fine!
I know that Superstar deal directly with prodcution factories, sell off the net with low overheads, but this seems one of those strange pricing situations. How can a plate of laser cut stainless steel cost be so variable. It’s a steal (apologies to all – Matt’s pun).
Although to add final bizarre twist I forgot the rotor bolts and I had to pay £5.99 for two sets of 6 bolts! As much as one of the rotors.
EDIT The front “185mm” superstar rotor is definetly undersized on my Trek. So maybe not so much of a bargain after all. Although strangely the rear 160mm is fine. I shall be “talking” to Superstar