The K-Edge chain catcher keeps your chain in place of your chainsrings, preventing the expensive, composite-mangling disaster of a dislodged chain on a carbon frame.
Road chain catchers have been used in the Pro Tour for many years. Events such as Paris-Roubaix would be an obvious race to use a product that keeps your chain in place given the parcours that riders race.
The idea is when your chain is bouncing around there is less chance for it to come off altogether and do some serious damage to your frame. It provides peace of mind. This particular example from K-Edge is well made and above all, easy to fit. The braze-on model has been designed to look good, work well but with minimal installation.
It will fit all braze on and clamp style mounts but adds minimal weight to your bike as it hits the scales at 10 grams. It is available in five colours, black, gunmetal, red, blue and gold.
It has been modified to work with all well known groupsets with the exclusion of the electronic Campagnolo EPS.
Once fitted it soon blends in and so far have had no need of it. On the plus side if anything were to go wrong with the workings of my chain I now have the perfect ride partner to prevent any serious damage. It's not often you want to wish for some mechanical but in trying to re-create that scenario it has worked.
A simple product that safeguards your frame and gives you peace of mind, the K-Edge chain catcher is just the ticket.
road.cc test report
Make and model: K-Edge Road Chain Catcher
Size tested: N/A
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The K-Edge chain catcher is used by the pros according to the supplier website and for races such as Paris-Roubaix you can see why. For rides on unforgiving surfaces or your standard British road, a product that stops your chain shipping off has to be a good thing. I haven't had an issue in use but have replicated a chain coming off and was impressed with the simplicity but effectiveness of the K-Edge.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Does what it is designed for, simply and without fuss.
The product is very simple in design and construction.
This may only happen on the odd occasion but if your chain did ship on a ride you would be well advised to use the K-Edge. It could prevent serious damage to your frame and enable you to get home.
The CNC'd chain catcher is solid but only adds 10g to the overall weight of your bike.
At 10g this isn't a weight penalty.
If you have concerns or suffer from your chain coming off then this is a cheap price to pay for some peace of mind.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
To prevent your chain shipping off and potentially causing some serious damage to your frame.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Easy to fit and a simple design.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Is there a colour to suit all frames?
Did you enjoy using the product? I haven't had cause to call upon the chain catcher for real but in simulating the effects of my chain coming off it did what it was supposed to.
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly but then I haven't suffered from my chain coming off.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? If they were in the market for this type of product then yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Simple to fit and an ideal addition if you have any concerns about your chain coming off.
About the tester
Age: 44 Height: 178cm Weight: 80kg
I usually ride: Currently riding a Pinnacle Evaporite Three My best bike is: As above
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, mtb, Not yet but looking to dip my toe in the world of TT