Anyone using a chain catcher/watcher on their bike?
Is anyone using a chain catcher/watcher on their bike?
I sometimes find the chain half off the rings in the front...due to shifting from big ring to small ring in the front, bunny hopping, drops, etc
I have the K-Edge Catcher on my road bike and it has saved my bike multiple times...i never have to worry about having the chain drop and scratching/ruining the carbon frame.
The company has expanded to making catchers/watchers for mountain and cyclocross bikes as well.
Problem is, the company's mountain specific catcher/watcher is made for cranksets with external BB cups...I wonder if I can get one of their seat tube clamp ones instead (clamps are only offered in 31.8mm and 34.9mm)
anyways, enough writing...here's the site:
What are you guy's thoughts?
Those are some expensive pieces of aluminum.
Functionally identical devices such as the N-gear Jump Stop , Third Eye Chain Watcher or Deda's Dog Fang are about $10 and just as effective.
Not a perfect solution, but on my 'cross bike my shop installed a mounting bracket from a cheap-o reflector (just the bracket part, which has the little 'arm' that the reflector bolts on to) on the seat tube. It works quite well, and is essentially free (every shop will have them sitting around!
i use a jump stop on both of my mountain bikes and a third eye chain watcher on my sirrus. the jump stop is better suited for mountain biking, if you ask me. the third eye is just there in case the chain meanders off the small ring, but the jump stop keeps the chain from bouncing off the rings down into the bottom bracket area.
The jump stop seems like it wouldn't work as well as a chain tensioner...is that wrong to say
not really looking for a chain tensioner
just looking for something to prevent the chain from falling off small ring from shifting, bunny hopping, etc
only reason why i bought the k-edge chain catcher in the first place for $35+ is because it was one of the first ones which weren't plastic/rubbery....and it was the first ones which looked absolutely amazing imo. Also, if i've spent $5000+ on my road bike, what more is $35? LOL