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Chain Catchers - K-Edge vs Speed Park

Old 06-17-11, 08:04 AM
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Chain Catchers - K-Edge vs Speed Park

I'm going to purchase a chain catcher for the Roubaix build I just completed and am just wondering if anyone has an experience with these Speed Park chain catchers from Taiwan on eBay?

They seem to have the same weight and style as the K-Edge, but of course they are half the price.

I'm not opposed to spending the extra money to get the known brand of K-Edge, but if these work just as well...

I need a 31.8 clamp version, not a braze-on version of course, otherwise I'd probably get a Rotor chain catcher.
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Isn't the Dog Fang cheaper?
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Originally Posted by sbxx1985 View Post
Isn't the Dog Fang cheaper?
Yes, they are about $15 or so. Completely different design though. Do you use/have one? How well do they work?
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Which one is endorsed by Andy Schleck?
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I use a braze-on K-Edge chain catcher on my bike equipped with SRAM Force. I occasionally would drop the chain, and no derailleur adjustments were helping. I had no issues since I installed the chain catcher.

The braze-on version is harder to install than the clamp on since you have to position the chain catcher and front derailleur at the same time. With the clamp-on version you do not have to adjust the derailleur, so it should be a very easy installation. Just make sure the chain catcher gives the chainring bolts enough clearance as they may stick out past the chainring.
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Originally Posted by cpjolicoeur View Post
Do you use/have one? How well do they work?
I inherited it from my wife, who got a Rotor for her S2. She needed it, esp now with a carbon frame.

It works, but it's really more of a precaution. Without one, guys like pcad gouge their carbon.
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I think Redline makes one for $5. It's a piece of plastic. That Rotor one is ridiculously expensive for what it is.

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The K-edge was one of the best additions I've made to my bike. But I have to say, the Speed Park looks very similar to the K-Edge. And half the price. If I had to do it all over again, I think I'd save a few dollars.
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if you must have a chain catcher, why spend for overkill?

here's a link to one which has been tested and is used by some pro teams

link is not the originator, but has 'image' of the very simple and effective design

http://coachlevi.com/images/reviews/...aincatcher.jpg

you can use a heavy weight wire shirt hanger (steel) or go to a hardware store and buy a short section of alu rod of obvious diameter
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Originally Posted by valleycyclist View Post
I use a braze-on K-Edge chain catcher on my bike equipped with SRAM Force. I occasionally would drop the chain, and no derailleur adjustments were helping. I had no issues since I installed the chain catcher.

The braze-on version is harder to install than the clamp on since you have to position the chain catcher and front derailleur at the same time. With the clamp-on version you do not have to adjust the derailleur, so it should be a very easy installation. Just make sure the chain catcher gives the chainring bolts enough clearance as they may stick out past the chainring.
I've tried to install a few different chain catchers, since I use a clamp-on FD, I needed a clamp-on catcher. Well, I haven't found one I could get around the frame on my supersix. Often the carbon BB area the tubing flares out and is larger than the main diameter for the molding process. So, to move the clamp where it needed to be installed, it won't fit the diameter.

I suppose I would have to get a clamp-on adapter for a braze-on FD, buy a true braze-on FD, and then the catcher could be installed like a typical braze-on setup. But, since I've only dropped the chain like 1 time in a thousand miles..guess this is all meaningless.

Something I wanted to bring up though, many clamp-on designs might not fit your downtube, particularly on a carbon frame.

Like this I would need and switch to a braze-on FD.

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/pr...1193.24.1.html
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Originally Posted by cpjolicoeur View Post
Yes, they are about $15 or so. Completely different design though. Do you use/have one? How well do they work?
Indeed it is, however, the purpose of such devices are the same...to prevent a Schleckation...

I've used the Deda Dog Fang...such an ingenious little piece of plastic and works really well. I've had an occassion where I dropped a chain and all I needed to do was to pedal slowly and pushed in on the shifter and the chain immediately went back on the chain rings.
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Originally Posted by sbxx1985 View Post
I think Redline makes one for $5.
$4.95.

Might need a longer bolt for a dime.
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Originally Posted by cyclezen View Post
if you must have a chain catcher, why spend for overkill?

here's a link to one which has been tested and is used by some pro teams

link is not the originator, but has 'image' of the very simple and effective design

http://coachlevi.com/images/reviews/...aincatcher.jpg

you can use a heavy weight wire shirt hanger (steel) or go to a hardware store and buy a short section of alu rod of obvious diameter
As I mentioned, I have a clamp FD not braze-on so those setups wouldnt work for me
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So is this a good idea for a carbon bike? Which should I get?
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I ended up ordering the Redline Chain Keeper just now. Thanks for all the input from everyone

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Originally Posted by cpjolicoeur View Post
I ended up ordering the Deda Dog Fang just now. Thanks for all the input from everyone
Can you provide details on cost and source?
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I recently had a K Edge chain catcher put on my carbon bike with a triple and giant pie pan 36t cassette on the back. It was tossing the chain too much. Works great. I didn't know about cheaper ones but go this one on steep discount from LBS.

I use N Gear chain watchwatchers on my steel bikes.
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Originally Posted by cpjolicoeur View Post
As I mentioned, I have a clamp FD not braze-on so those setups wouldnt work for me
If you saw my post a few up, I have this same issue. But the typical diameter of the downtube by the BB, even 34.9mm clamps won't fit around the circumference.

Hence, I've considered getting a true braze-on FD, a braze-on clamp adapter, like I linked above, and then you can mount a regular braze-on chain catcher to it.

Since I've only had 1 drop, and I was a cross chaining both rings at the same time while slowing for a light, I'm probably not going to worry about it right now. More money, work to buy/sell FDs, get the adapter etc..just to have a catcher that may only be useful. Your mileage may vary.

Just a heads up, though, not all clamp-on catchers will fit on all bike down tubes, I can attest to that. They typically need to mount under the current clamp-on FD...that is where on my supersix, the frame/molding of the CF to the BB30 setup starts to flare and it more like 37-38mm diameter...clamp won't work.
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Originally Posted by cpjolicoeur View Post
I ended up ordering the Redline Chain Keeper just now. Thanks for all the input from everyone
Nice work. Hard to pass up for $2.78.
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