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Say bye bye to dropped chains!
That’s what Andy Schleck, top cheese of 2011 Tour de France team Leopard Trek, is now saying.
We all know the infamous chain drop incident that cost him the tour last year.
Don’t know what a chain drop is? Watch the video below to see Andy’s infamous dropped chain!
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So what did he do this 2011 season? He finally installed a K-Edge Chain Catcher!
Here are some pictures of his previous ride (when he was still sponsored by Specialized) rocking the gun metal K-Edge Chain Catcher.
Here’s his new ride. A 2012 Trek Madone. Of course, also equipped with a K-Edge Chain Catcher!
K-Edge + Shimano Di2 =100% Zero Chain Drop!
Tour de France teams using K-Edge:
Super TT Specialist Fabian C!
Team HTC – Columbia – the most winning team in pro cycling, and ranked the number one team in the world by Eurosport. An international team of 39 men and women from 17 nations, Team HTC – Columbia have won more races in 2008 and 2009 than any other team.”We are very happy with the K-Edge chain catchers. The laser etched contact area is amazing; it is like welded together.” – Lars Teutenberg, Technical Manager
Garmin-Transitions – this is the team that really kicked off the K-Edge venture with their initial order of 45 units prior to the 2009 Paris-Roubaix. We’re proud to once again have our K-Edge chain catcher on the Garmin-Transition bikes for 2010.”I’ve set up all of our race and time trial bikes with the K-Edge chain catchers… the new cross hatch pattern is easy to adjust, but holds the guard in place no matter what happens. I sleep easy at night knowing that we’ll never drop a chain in a race situation. Nothing but thumbs-up from here.” – Daimeon Shanks, Garmin-Transitions Mechanic
BMC – current World and US National Champions; with big George Hincapie on the K-Edge, what else needs to be said? Given the firepower of this team, expect BMC to be a major factor in the Spring Classics and also the Grand Tours.www.bmcracingteam.com
If Tour de France teams are trusting K-Edge to eliminate any issues of chain drop, no reason why you shouldn’t let it handle yours
Do you need a chain catcher?
That is probably the most common question asked about chain catchers, aside from what it does.
A dropped chain poses serious problems for all cyclists. Not only is it annoying, dropping a chain can damage your frame, especially if it is full carbon. And if it happens during a race, congratulations, you just lost!
The worst part is, even if you practice shifting for years and get really good at the nuances of your bike, and you adjust the front derailleur perfectly, it still happens!
So what do you do?
You need to get yourself a chain catcher!
A “chain catcher” (or “chain watcher” as some say) will prevent the chain from dropping off the small ring and onto the frame. If the chain is about to slide off the small ring, it hits the chain catcher, which pushes the chain back onto the ring. This saves time, keeps your hands clean, lessens frame damage, and could very well salvage your chances of winning a race!
The chain catcher is actually a simple device. It is nothing more than a small piece of plastic or metal that clamps to your seat tube or front derailleur and rests beside the small chainring.
They are cheap, too, so you have no excuse not to use one!
Like what they say with most insurance products, better to have one and not need it than to need it and not have one.
Here’s a good vid to see how the K-Edge Chain Catcher works.
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K-Edge Chain Catchers is used by professionals in the Olympic Games, World Championships, Paris-Roubaix, Giro d’italia, and Tour De France. It’s a common sense design that provides a functional advantage for high performance cyclists. The K-Edge Chain Catcher is a precision component that enhances the overall function of your drive train while protecting your valuable frame.
Material: 6061 T6 aluminum
Fitment: All braze-on type mounted and clamp style braze-on mounted front derailleurs.
Weight: 10 grams
Anodized colors: Black, Gun-metal, Red, Blue, Gold, and White.,
Hardware: Now includes all mounting hardware for Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo front derailleurs, including a new radius washer with secure mounting interface. Works with Shimano Di2 flawlessly.
Get your K-Edge at the following stores!
Bike King at Boni High Street, The Brick Multisport Store, The Starting Line Multisport Store, Trinity Cycles and Alterra Bike Shop.
IGOP Enterprise is the exclusive distributor of K-Edge Chain Catchers in the Philippines.
For retail inquiries just contact +63917-2554111 or [email protected]
K-Edge costs P1,900 per piece. P2,300 for the Hincapie Edition.