The Affix Rotor takes the 'bean can' system that came and went with the introduction of slimmer profile tubing many years ago and adapts it for a smaller headtube. Using a single cable, the mechanism does away with the external detangler completely, instead using a series of shims and two small, centrally placed, cutouts to the frame's headtube to operate.
Within the interview, KHE's owner Thomas Göring says that the market for brakes on BMX bikes and jump mountain bikes is still very much alive.
"The Gyro is not outdated at all, but It looks to me that despite the amount of riders now running brakeless, there is still a huge market for brakes and gyro setups, especially among park and competition riders. In the Simple Session, for example, over 90 per cent of all the riders were using a Gyro. Today if you like to do double barspins or whips you just have the option to ride brakeless, or go with a Gyro."
Describing how the system works, Göring adds:
"The main advantages of the Affix system are that the bike is now super clean. If you look on a normal Gyro bike with all the rotor rings, plates, double cables and all the adjustment screws, higher stems, the bikes just look so crazy looking and messy. We are a big step forward with the Affix Rotor. The system works parallel on the fork steerer, which allows it to work with just with one cable and you don’t need adjustments anymore. The bikes looks more like a single cable bike, but you still have a Rotor between allowing you to do all these tricks without a cable limiting your riding."
Göring added that the first Affix Rotors to hit the market will be found on KHE 2014 complete bikes, from the entry-model upwards. He adds that the technology is already open to use by others companies, with some firms already having contacted KHE about adopting the technology on their own complete bikes.
Dealers should be pleased too, says Göring: "It’s so easy to install and it actually reduces the cost of a bike, as the whole system actually costs less to equip on a bike than a gyro. I’m sure dealers, shops, mechanics and riders will all be real happy if they don’t have to spend time to adjust complicated rotors anymore."
An aftermarket Affix Rotor kit will be sold by KHE at around €29.
The original Gyro has been widely used on jump bikes since its creation by Odyssey, who trademarked the term.
To read more on the adaptation and see more in depth photos, visit BMX product site The Merged.