I have Avid BB5s on my bike, and the rotors are bent and need to be replaced. I'm confused looking at Alligator, Avid, etc. Are the $10-$15 Alligators a lower quality than the more expensive rotors, or is it just paying for the name?
I asked the same question at my LBS since I hit a rear rotor and bent it and am looking for a replacement. I don't mind paying the premium for the Avids if they are actually better. His response was the Avids "supposedly have a better/different metal that cools quicker and lasts longer". He said "supposedly", not that he saw any differences himself. That's enough for me.
I've got an Alligator wavy rotor on my bike. Although it is straight, it must be thicker in some part than the other because it rubs and requires spot-on adjustment. In my opinion, Hayes rotors are better.
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