K-Edge Adds New Pro Chain Catcher, Updates Ki2
K-Edge’s original chain catcher used the front derailleur’s braze-on mount Ti hold itself in place. This mean you had to adjust its angle and position at the same time you’re adjusting your front derailleur, then tighten down the clamp while holding it all in place.
The new Pro version uses a small oblong hole for the smaller bolt to adjust and hold the chain catcher. Once you’ve installed your front derailleur, you simply slot the Pro Chain Catcher over the mounting bolt, then tighten down the small bolt to hold it in place. The oblong hole provides about a centimeter of adjustment at the bottom of the guide.
It’s about 8g and will retail for $39.95. It’ll debut at the Olympics on Kristin Armstrong’s TT bike, but won’t be available to you until October. Why so long? Because they have four CNC machines running 20 hours a day to barely keep up with demand for their new Garmin mounts.
The original drops in price to $29.95.
Their Ki2 conversion kit for running Di2 on a mountain bike gets an update. With Shimano’s new E-Tube single-wire system on the Ultegra Di2 and second generation Dura-Ace Di2, they had to reprogram the climber’s buttons to talk to the front derailleur, too. The good part is that they’re now plug and play instead of having to be hard wired in.
And yes, this is electronic shifting on a fat bike from Alaska’s 9:Zero:7.