Today Canyon introduced the K.I.S., which stands for Keep It Stable and is a new steering stabilization system invented by the hotbed of ideas that is Jo Klieber – the founder of Syntace. It is a spring mechanism integrated into the frame that connects a cam ring placed on the fork steerer to an anchor point located in the top tube. Sound complicated? To be clear, this is not a steering limiter, but a stabilizer which is intended to make the steering easier to control. As you can see from the graph below, the force required to move the steering wheel from its straight position is greater than that to turn it from 15 to 50 degrees.
The claimed weight of the system is only 110 grams and it is not necessary to drill the fork steerer to mount it, as can be seen from the exploded view below.
It is possible to change the spring tension of the KIS and with it the added resistance of the steering.
The operation can also be done in the field with a 4mm Allen key, to be inserted in the screw placed on the top tube.
The KIS does not require any maintenance, lubrication or greasing. It is equipped with a mechanism to lock the steering at 90° in the event of a fall, but even if the fall is devastating, what can happen is that the clamp on the steerer turns, but the KIS does not break. Obviously the system will have to be reset by positioning the clamp in the right position, which can be done by removing the cap that covers the hole made in the head tube, unscrewing the clamp, repositioning it and tightening it.
The KIS is available immediately on the Spectral CF 8. If you want to know how the Spectral performs, read our test here .
Canyon, along with Liteville (part of the Syntace family) are the exclusive brands that bring this new technology to market.