The week of patent discoveries continues with Shimano’s application for a new disc brake rotor cover that’s design to protect cyclists from possible injury.
According to the application, the Japanese component giant filed its design back in June of 2017, which appears to be a vented cover that’s designed to interface perfectly with its flat-mount disc brake calipers and thru-axle system.
The Shimano cover also looks to include cut-outs and large side vents that purport to “efficiently drawing air flowing in the traveling direction of the bicycle into an inner side of the rotor cover.”
The discovery of this patent is once again credited to the British cycling site Bike Radar, who also unearthed evidence of a potentially new 12-speed groupset that Campagnolo is believed to be working on earlier this week.
Shimano’s plans to introduce a new disc brake rotor cover comes as no surprise, as there’s been a number of serious injuries in the pro peloton believed to have been caused by rotors since their introduction a year or so ago.
We’ll be watching and listening for more from Shimano.
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