The world of motor bikes have been using wavy disc disc rotors for a long time and then we started seeing them on bikes. Now disc brake parts manufacturer, Galfer who have registered an exclusive patent to the design, are looking to legally challenge those that have been using their design without licence. This is there statement:
From: Galfer USA
Subject: Wave rotor patent info
This is a press release from Galfer performance brakes bicycle division. Please contact me with any questions.
Galfer is the original and current patent holders for European patent #99500110.4 and United States patent #6386340 which covers non-round (wave style) disc brake rotors. As of this writing, Magura is the only officially licensed user of this patented technology. No other company is legally using to use this patented technology. Currently, there are several companies who are presenting this technology, images, and trade names of Galfer rotors as their own. They have received neither our permission nor our authorization to do so. At this time we are preparing legal action to defend our patents, images and trade names.
Galfer’s patented wave rotors allow the user to run at significantly cooler braking temperatures while providing superior self-cleaning properties and lighter weights over round rotors.
Bicycle Division Manager
Now this isn’t a masterpiece of literary skill and it raises a few points. My point was that until Galfer release results showing that ” wave rotors allow the user to run at significantly cooler braking temperatures while providing superior self-cleaning properties and lighter weights over round rotors” there will be a degree of skepticism regarding those claims.
Those interested in this matter are more likely to be convinced by what they are reporting if Galfer engineers were to publish a paper in a peer-reviewed journal so their work can be analysed by those best positioned to judge the legitimacy of their claims and the accuracy and design of the dyno-testing methodology. Given that there has been over ten years of research and development, there should surely be ample content for an article of this type.There are more thoughts here.
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