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Product Highlight: K-Edge Chain Catcher

Posted in New Products with tags , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2011 by hypercatracing

I like simple products that work.  And if you are anything like me you probably also enjoy keeping your chain where it is supposed to be, on the chainrings and not rubbing holes in your frame.  The K-edge chain catcher is practically the embodiment of the simple product that works.  Built in the USA, the chain catcher mounts to either your braze-on or your frame and keeps the chain from falling to the inside of the crankset off the small ring.

“Never worry about dropping your chain again.”

K-Edge Road Chain Catcher used by professionals in the Olympic Games, World Championships, Paris-Roubaix, Giro DíItalia 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.

Specifications
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. also white non-ano.
Hardware: Now includes all mounting hardware for Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo front derailleurs, including a new radius washer with secure mounting interface.

My first views of the K-edge were of the braze-on pictured, but since they have hit the market a whole line of solution oriented chain catchers for a variety of bikes has been added.  Our original interest was, as it almost always is with aero bikes so I was pretty excited. Now I am over the top, with the new designs for triple cranksets, mountain, cross and other crank set-ups, we are able to recommend a solution to nearly everyone.  Even if you don’t have the latest $10,000+ super bike, keeping your chain on the crankset is preferable to dropping it.  And for you newbie riders it can definitely help while your learning to perfect your shifting on uphills.  One of my most recent clients had a rough crash due to a dropped and stuck chain, with the K-edge that would have been avoided.   The K-edge is certainly not the least expensive option, there are other choices out there to keep you from dropping chains, however it is the only one that works with tubes and shapes that are non-traditional and the only one that I am aware that is made here in the USA, and at $39.95 for the braze-on model they are cheap relative to a new paint job or worse a new frame.   And possibly the most important of all they are available in a variety of cool colors.

To learn more about all the options available to you from K-Edge you can visit their website linked under products we sell.  To purchase please visit the Hypercat web store or contact Phil directly if the product you are looking for is not listed.  Due to the large variety of designs and colors K-edge products are  a special order product and take 2-5 days to get in, however we do keep the full color palette of Braze-on models in stock .

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Product Highlight – Jagwire Barcon 2.0 Shifter Mounts

Posted in New Products, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2010 by hypercatracing

  I was given my first set of Jagwire shifter mounts in 2007 as a beta set for testing.  These Originals only worked with Shimano shifters.  The concept of the shifter mounts was simple; create a mount that replaced the traditionally very heavy Shimano shifter base.  To lighten the load Jagwire took the internal expander wedge and threw it out and made the system an external mounting system.  This not only significantly reduced weight but had the side benefit of solving the problem of bars with different internal diameters and bars that had been modified beyond the ability to mount a shifter internally, safely.   Yes, I have cut quite a few bars down in the name of aerodynamics, only to later ponder how to mount the controls.  Oops.  Now I plan ahead before modifing.

Tech: BarCon 2.0      

  • SRAM® and Shimano® bar end shifting systems
  • Weight: 44 grams per pair
  • Housing: 4mm derailleur housing w/ L3 liner
  • Housing Length: 2100mm
  • Cables: Slick stainless, SRAM® & Shimano®
  • Cable Length: Front – 2300mm, Rear – 2300mm
  • Small Parts: 4mm sealed alloy ferrules, donuts & tips
  • Other: Shims for 22.2mm bars

Shimano’s traditional mount weighs ( 47 grams each ), while the Jagwire replacement weighs only ( 22 grams each ) That’s a savings of 52 grams, or basically one shifter.  Couple this with adjustiblity in mounting and you have a great bang for the buck at $59.99   with cables/ housing.  The current version, known as 2.0 allows the same bracket to be used with either Shimano or SRAM.  Currently there is no Campagnolo version.  With this simple adapter Jagwire’s engineers came up with an ingenious solution that solved the compatibility issues and made it possible to use the same mount with both SRAM® and Shimano Shifting Systems. I have tried both now, and they seem to work equally well.  Another side benefit because of the design these can work on road bikes as well, so for cyclo-crossers that use bar-end shifters or touring bikes this is a great way to shave some additional weight and add in some flexibility to shifter location. 

        

 From Jagwire’s description.

The BarCon’s sleek low profile design shaves precious grams off the weight of a bicycle and its external mounting is adjustment and service friendly. And the external mount makes the BarCon very versatile. While originally designed for triathlon bikes the mount can be used in a variety of applications including H-type handlebars, touring style drop bars and recumbent bike handlebars.

As a side note:  I recently broke a left (front) Sram lever on my TT bike and was able to slap on a Shimano shifter as a replacement without changing my set-up, pretty slick. 

Pro’s: 

  • The system is easy to install
  • Shifters can be placed at any angle regardless of bar angle/ positioning
  • Very lightweight
  • Comes in 3 anodized colors (Black, Gold. Silver)
  • Can be used to quickly convert a road bike to tri bike
  • Works great for Cross or Touring bikes

Con’s:

  • Only works on bars with round tubes
  • Does not work with shaped, integrated aerobars  
  • External routing

Overall, the Jagwire 2.0 Barcon mounts are simple, well constructed and easy to install.  They come with a new set of shifter cables (stainless) and Jagwire’s best L3 housing.  I ride with my bars sized so that when aero my shifters are in the palm of my hand, with this position I found the jagwire shifter mounts to be slightly more comfortable than the Shimano and even more comfortable when compared to the SRAM (not a huge fan of the step down center with SRAM). 

Bar compatibility:

  • Will work with any standard round metal handlebar
  • Will work with any round metal aerobar (all brands)
  • Will not work with some carbon round bars (ex. Profile Cobra)
  • Will not work with aeroshaped carbon bars (ex. Profile Viper, Volna)

If you are looking for a way to clean up your shifter position and save some weight in the process these are the product for you.  MSRP is $59.99. Hypercat December sale price $39.99 a set while supplies last, very limited quantity (black and Gold only).  Visit www.hypercat.com or this and other products, training plans or to schedule a bike fit appointment.

Bicycle Headsets finally get standardized (S.H.I.S)

Posted in New Products, News with tags , , , , , , , on November 10, 2010 by hypercatracing

There are two points of major frustration on a bicycle for me.  The headset and the bottom bracket.  Both of these areas involve bearings and also involve the whim of the manufactures who are competing with one another to design the “perfect” size, dimension, and marketable feature set to give you the perfect whatever.  Bottom line this leads to a lot of choices with not a lot of compatibility. Want to upgrade or change then you need to decipher what you have, what will work and buy 100% anew.  There is some interchangeability within the crank/ bottom bracket arena and BB30 at least set a universal standard, however headsets have gotten out of control along side bike design and if you desire to change the headset knowing what will work practically takes an advanced degree in engineering.

Our good friends at Cane Creek along with a number of other manufactures decided to change this madness and create a universal standard language (SHIS – Standardized Headset Identification System) so that headset manufactures, bike makers, frame builders and the rest of us can all agree on what headset will fit our bike. 

I look forward to seeing this roll out across the industry this year and next and seeing more manufactures come on board.

For all the info visit http://www.bicycleheadsets.com/

To view the complete document explaining the new system look here.  Standardized_Headset_Identification_System