Ashima 2013 – Interbike 2012

by Brian Mullin on September 28, 2012

The
Ashima virtuoso Wayne Moore had some tasty tidbits he brought with him
from Taiwan, including a new floating rotor, an updated two piece rotor,
and a revised PCB.

Wayne’s latest brake rotor is the Flo-ToR,
which is an actual floating design, and has .3mm of float. It uses a
stainless steel outer ring attached to a colored aluminum spider, and
they’re connected together with an innovative outer aluminum nut with an
inner steel bolt to maximize heat transfer. It is meant as an All
Mountain rotor, and will come in 160mm, 180mm and 203mm sizes, and the
160 weigh 75 grams.

The
AiNeon is a two-piece brake rotor that is comprised of a stainless
steel outer ring attached to a colored aluminum spider. This year he has
switched to an aluminum connector, instead of steel, for better heat
transfer between the different materials. The use of the aluminum
carrier and their lightweight rotor design, keeps the weight at an uber
light 71 grams for a 160mm size, making it one of the lightest two-piece
rotors on the market. According to Wayne, the power should be
comparable to their AiRotor, with improved heat management due to the
higher conduction rates of the aluminum spider, which he measured at
approximately 100 degrees. The outer ring looks exactly like their new
Ai2 rotor, with the same cutouts and wavy braking surface. In another
weight saving design, one version uses just three rotor bolts, which is a
practice done by many weight weenies, and many pro riders. The AiNeon
will only be available in 160mm and 180mm sizes (soon a 140), with Red,
Blue, Black and Gold aluminum spiders, and will  come in either three
(Ti bolts) or six bolt (Al bolts) versions.

To
go along with their three bolt version of the rotor, they teamed up
with Token, and created a hub that only has a three bolt interface, and
it’s appropriately named the AiNeon Hub.

This carbon fiber rotor will likely never see production, but it’s a pretty cool product.

Wayne
has been poking around with his PCB (pancake brake system) for a number
of years, making design changes as needed for quality, strength,
durability, power and modulation improvements. This year he switched the
master cylinder to an aluminum body, added a top-mounted cap,  and he
has tweaked the diaphragm, making it out of PTFE, which is stiffer the
previously used rubber, which should give the brake a firmer feel. The
brake is slowly picking up more bits and pieces from a traditional
design aspect, but still retains the very innovative PCB or pistonless
technology.

In
Wayne’s typical think outside the box mentality, he came up with “Brake
Fluid in a Bag,” which reminded me of an IV bag. When Wayne would talk
with different bike shops, some would ask for a small quantity of fluid,
and others wanted more, and the bag would easily allow customized
amounts to be added. In addition, the air can be squeezed out of the
bag, alleviating moisture from the air getting into the fluid, which is
huge issue with DOT 3. Brake fluid tends to sit around in bottles in any
shop for long periods of time, and this innovative design, increases
the shelf life and keeps the fluid uncontaminated.

Ashima
bought the Rite Toolz company, which brings a great plethora of tools
into the Ashima product space. I really liked their top of the line
chain breaker tool that Wayne showed me, which had quite a few features,
and it’s fully adjustable for every chain size, and once you know the
chain’s sweet spot, it lets you set the distance that the pin gets
pushed out.

Wayne also showed me his updated hydraulic PCB
pistonless road bike rim brake, which has been evolving since its
original viewing in 2010. It uses a carbon fiber arch, wishbone brake
fluid injector lines which connect directly into the back of the PCB
interface.  He has also tweaked their PCaC carbon rim brake pad with
more surface area to extract heat away from the rim.

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