Recently, we had a story about perimeter brake rotors showing up on a number of custom bikes. Although they have a lot of advantages in the area of appearance there is at least some disagreement over whether they work as well as standard rotors but the point is academic since practically no one is making them.
Got a tip yesterday pointing out this Stealth Brake System from Wilwood. I have never seen this before but, judging from the looks of it, I would expect to hear a lot more about it before long. The Stealth System blends into the wheel very well and the caliper hides behind the fork tubes with the end result being an almost invisible front brake.
It’s designed to bolt directly to a 41mm Wide Glide front end with stock fender mounts and works with or without a fender. One point I raised in the original story was mounting the rotor of a perimeter brake system requires a wheel with some form of attachment points and Wilwood makes the same statement, custom wheels must be designed to accept their system, however, this gets rid of the problem of no one building wheels for perimeter rotors because the brakes are not available. With a company like Wilwood getting into the market, wheel builders can now produce wheels designed for perimeter rotors and feel confident of demand.
I would be surprised if no one else begins producing these in more varieties since it doesn’t seem like any brake or wheel company would want one company running away with the market.
Great tip Bob, Thanks!
Link: Wilwood Engineering