SRAM’s Chain Catcher Now Available Aftermarket

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SRAM today announced the availability of their new Chain Catcher as an aftermarket part. Initially an integrated part of SRAM’s RED-2012 YAW front derailleur, a kit available starting next month will bring the effective Chain Spotter to RED, Force, Rival, and Apex front braze on front derailleurs. The chain spotter is an integrated solution assuring accurate performance while protecting your frame.

The chain spotter is simple, easy to install, and goes on and off without affecting the front derailleur position or tuning. A 2.5 mm hex mounting screw fits right in the 4mm hollow threaded front derailleur mounting bolt.

The braze-on kit will MSRP for $36. A specifically designed clamp band in both 34.9 and 31.8 will also be available for frames that do not have a braze-on hanger – MSRP $32.

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  • richard jayne says:

    can this be used with the shimano ultegra 6700 fd
    thanks, rj

  • Lawrence Wright says:

    Front derailleurs with a long lever poking out of them were popular decades ago, but at least those had the lever sticking UP to make them easier to shift. This thing makes no sense at all…

    • old geezer says:

      Mr. Wright must be trying to be facetious, without much success. Those ancient levers were the actual shifting means, a marvel of simplicity but requiring the rider to reach down while pedalling to make a front shift. These arms are obviously meant to make a physical block to the chain moving off the inside of a small inner ring, which the derailleur cage cannot do because it has to accommodate moving out and up during a shift, and clearance dictates a gap that the chain can drop through.

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