Galfer Launches New 160mm Disc Shark Rotor for XC & Downcountry

Feb 15, 2023 at 22:44
by Dario Ortiz  


Galfer Bike launches the new Disc Shark 160 mm disc with a thickness of 1.8 mm for use with cross- and down-country bicycles.

After the global success that followed the launch of “Disc Shark” in June 2022, in 180 mm, 203 mm and 223 mm sizes for gravity and e-bike disciplines, Spanish brake systems specialist Galfer is now launching the new Disc Shark in a 160 mm size for XCO/XCM users.


The new 160 mm Shark, with a lower weight of just 104 grams, is the ultimate expression of the highest level of innovation and technology that the Galfer Shark range has brought to the bicycle brake disc market. The product has all the benefits of the other discs in the range, but in a smaller size: better braking power under high temperatures, better cooling, greater stability and increased brake pad durability.


These benefits make the 160 mm Shark the perfect choice for users who need intense braking performance and for situations in which overheating may be a factor, such as long descents or use in high temperatures. It is also a good option for users who want to reduce the size of their brake discs from 180 mm to 160 mm without losing braking performance and at the same time reducing the weight of their braking system.


The key features of the Shark design are:
• Small round holes in the rotor to increase the dissipation area of the disk.
• Exterior “Wave” design and big windows to increase grip and keep the brake pads clean.
• Inner fins to increase temperature dissipation.
• Alloy steel with high carbon content to improve friction.
• Manufactured in Europe.


World-class riders, including Hans Becking, Sergio Mantecón, Sebastian Fini, Leonardo Páez, Ismael Esteban and Txell Figueras, have been involved in the development and evolution of the new 160 mm “Disc Shark” discs and can testify to their improved braking performance. For this reason, teams such as Buff-Megamo and Scott Cala Bandida will use Shark discs in competitions during the 2023 season, in particular for stages with long descents in which brakes are more prone to fatigue.



After several months of development and adjustments, both on the test bench and out on the course, the new DB022W is now available with an RRP of €74 + VAT for the 6-bolt version. The new discs can also be fitted on bikes with Center Lock hubs using CB001 (universal system) or CB003 (Fulcrum AFS system) adapters.

With the launch of the new 160 mm “Disc Shark” discs, XCO/XCM enthusiasts can now enjoy the innovative breaking experience that only Galfer Shark discs can provide, without compromising on stability or cooling, and weighing in at just 104 grams.

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 Finally the G-Spot is clearly labeled!
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 Baby shark, doo-doo, doo-doo...
  • 20 1
 €74. For a flat, stainless, laser cut rotor. OK...
  • 12 2
 Hopefully the final consumer brake won't say "for testing only", wouldn't quite inspire confidence Wink . Also, the testing chart doesn't seem fair. First of all because they're testing 180mm discs there, not the 160mm discs mentioned in the article. Also, companies might design their pads and discs to work as a system. Galfer pads and Galfer discs will sure work well and might work better than Galfer pads with other brand discs. But may not necessarily work better than these other brand discs with their own original pads. Finally, it is a bit unclear what "competitor" discs they were using, but the four pot (XC?) brake caliper shown in the article is from Magura who insists on using 2mm thick rotors. They may not work as well with 1.8mm rotors unless you keep an eye on them and replace the pads well before they're worn.
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flag johannensc (Feb 17, 2023 at 4:36) (Below Threshold)
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 @johannensc: If you think this isn't relevant then please ignore.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: He thinks your irrelevant comment requires comment but cannot be bothered rebutting your points.
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 @d0wnhill-d: Ok, thanks for the explanation. That's fine of course.
  • 15 3
 Must be a slow day if the release of a 160mm rotor garners this big an article
  • 24 4
 160mm is average size!
  • 17 2
 @fruitsd79: that's just something your girlfriend tells you so you don't feel inadequate.
  • 16 0
 @ReformedRoadie: size is just one factor. As the article said, you have to consider heat resistance, actuation feel, and the friction coefficient too
  • 11 0
 @fruitsd79: it just got out of the pool!
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 @anaughtymouse: don't forget girth
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 @Mac1987: 1.8 MM won't impress too many people...
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 @Sscottt: true. It then comes down to how you use it
  • 7 0
 "The new 160 mm Shark, with a lower weight of just 104 grams, is the ultimate expression of the highest level of innovation and technology..." I honestly thought this was a joke when I first read it, but I don't think it is...
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jeez. quit trying so hard, Galfer
  • 2 0
 Engineers in Galfer spent tons of money on R&D and then a random keyboard rider Joe comes to say:
“Uhhhhh ThIcKnEsS ThIs AnD sLoTs ThAt… sHaRkS ArE DuMb….. DiFfErEnT PaDs AnD RoToRs ArE F’d Up…”

Reminds me of Eric Cartman calling things stupid just because he cannot have it, but envious as f*ck.
Give it a rest guys. Innovation is good, even when it fails.
  • 1 0
 If it fails*
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 160 rotor might not be an issue on an XC bike if you have a 4 pot Magura caliper.
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 Crazy thought but here goes...

What if you had a crazy effective heat dissipating smaller rotor, say this 160 and a more powerful brake system?
Would the offset of the more powerful lever, caliper and fancier rotor kill any advantage?
The benefits could be reduced system weigh at the wheels, and rotors less likely to be damaged during riding or even transport.

Something like Hayes Dominion, Ice-Tec (or these sharky pads) 160mm rotors and some aggressive pads.
Who has the parts to test this out?
  • 1 0
 Might be a good solution for gravel/road disc users. I for one would like an upgraded rotor for my Defy and it's hard finding "nicer" 6 bolt 160mm rotors.
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 I don't know cast iron rotors may be superior to alloy steel . Most disks are made of stainless steel . Need to try this alloy steel to see why it's so great .
  • 2 0
 Wow, that stem in the team photo!...just direct mount the handlebars to the CSU already...
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 2 grams lighter than XTR. That's a lot of work to just match your competitor. Don't really know if it would be better in reality though!
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 ain't anyone can make a rotor that makes sense. no need for slots that big, only causes vibration and the cooling fin is below the slot where there's least contact and therefore heat. F
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 the slot is to help with mud clearance and weight reduction.
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 @hamncheez: could and should be 2 slots cut part way from above and below and staggered holes in the middle to cover the entire pad surface, how much metal is in contact with pads as even as possible. weight reduction is bullshit, less metal, less braking, more pad and rotor wear and more heat
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 @hamncheez: XC riders and mud?

Maybe I miss the punchline Wink
  • 2 0
 How does one sit down with slots that big!
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 @iduckett: his ass gets stuck in them
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 Imagine wearing a buff for every race :woozy:
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 Upduro not down country.
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 no laser beams on them?

and tests are 180mm rotors?
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 Viva Espana
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  • 1 0
 a good 203mm maybe

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