We first got eyes on an early version of the Galfer Disc Shark rotor in July 2021 when Galfer engineer Ricard Bagés Estopà stepped up to answer some of our readers’ questions on brake fade . That teaser prompted us to find out more about the prototype rotor that was created specifically for the Commencal Muc-Off DH team who wanted “ a custom disc that would resist excessive temperature increases under braking on some of the steeper tracks of the World Cup circuit” .
At the time, Galfer had no plans for a production version of the rotor, but it seems appetites have changed. The Galfer Disc Shark Brake Rotor is now available to Joe Public in 180mm, 203mm, and 223mm diameters. Galfer Disc Shark Rotor
The final production Galfer Disc Shark rotor was tested in competition for the first time at the Snow Shoe World Cup DH where Amaury Pierron placed 4th
The use of cooling fins in brake technology is nothing new, of course. Shimano offer a premium finned brake pad option, said to increase heat dissipation, as do numerous aftermarket brake pad manufacturers such as Stop Components and SwissStop .
It’s not the first time we’ve seen the use of fins on the rotor itself, either. Shimano’s Ice Tech FREEZA rotors are probably the most mainstream of the lot, featuring a thin layer of aluminum sandwiched between the steel braking surface that extends out toward the center of the rotor, where its large surface area-to-volume ratio allows it to […]