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by James Huang
April 24, 2020
Photography by K-Edge
Aching for a tech fix now that the annual Sea Otter Classic trade show has been pushed back to October? Never fear! In its place, we bring you Pond Beaver 2020, our own virtual trade show where we’ve gathered up a mountain of information and images of new gear to come this season, all of which we’ll be rolling out to you in a satisfyingly steady stream over the next few weeks.
Trek has always offered its own Bontrager Blendr computer and accessory mounts for the current Madone’s integrated carbon fiber cockpits, but there’s been one key hiccup: it only works with Garmin computers. K-Edge now comes to the rescue with a new Wahoo-compatible mount for the Madone that’s not only stouter than the plastic ones Bontrager offers given its machined aluminum construction, but it arguably looks better, too.
The new mount also works with Garmin heads, of course, as well as any other brand supported by K-Edge’s interchangeable puck system, such as Sigma, Bryton, Lezyne, and Omata.
The K-Edge Madone mount secures with a single bolt, but yet is supposedly strong enough to handle bigger and heavier computers like the Wahoo Element Roam, Garmin Edge 1030, or Sigma Rox 12.0 Sport. K-Edge has also incorporated seven degrees of angular adjustment so you can tune the viewing angle of the screen to your liking (which is particularly important in this case since the Madone’s bar is also adjustable for angle). The underside of the mount will accept K-Edge’s optional $20 accessory mount in case you want to use a GoPro, Cycliq Fly12, or anything else that uses the GoPro finned interface.
Retail price for the standard K-Edge Madone mount is US$50, or US$65 with the combo mount included, beginning May 1. K-Edge is only offering it in black for now, but other colors may be available later.
K-Edge has also added a new Race chain guide, aimed at time-trial machines, gravel bikes, road bikes, and any other drop-bar application with a single-chainring drivetrain that could use a bit of additional security. According to K-Edge, the Race guide is optimized for chainrings between about 36 and 54 teeth, and was developed in collaboration with the Trek-Segafredo team to handle the rigors of WorldTour racing.
“We wanted it as small, light, and racy as we could,” said K-Edge brand manager Tim Kelley. “But it absolutely can not fail [in a race].”
As compared to K-Edge’s existing CX chain guide, the Race version is notably more pared-down with a smaller machined aluminum cage and lower weight. However, it still incorporates a fair amount of adjustment (such as height, lateral position, and yaw angle) to accommodate a wide range of frames and drivetrains. K-Edge is only offering the new Race guide in a braze-on fitment, however, so anyone needing a clamp-type attachment will need to search elsewhere for a proper adapter.
As with the Madone computer mount, the Race chain guide comes in a single color (black and silver, in this case). Retail price is US$100, and K-Edge expects these to be available beginning May 15. Pricing for other regions is to be confirmed.
[K-Edge also has a few other mounts that were recently announced, which we covered during Frostbike in February.]
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