K-EDGE was born from necessity, is driven by innovation, and delivers precision manufacturing in its quest to meet the needs of today’s cycling market.
In 2008, Joe Savola had one last technical detail to account for on his wife’s bike – ensuring that a dropped chain during the Beijing Olympic Time Trial wouldn’t derail her chances of a Gold Medal. Joe turned to his good friend Eric Jensen for help making his concept a reality. Eric, General Manager of AceCo Precision Manufacturing, was eager to help. Two weeks later Joe’s wife, Kristin Armstrong, made the fateful front chain ring shift and raced away with the Gold Medal in Beijing.
The following spring, Pro Tour Team Garmin-Slipstream called asking for 45 of “Kristin’s Edge Chain Catchers” for Paris Roubaix. Velonews.com ran a tech story following the race and AceCo’s phone lit up with eager customers – a simple need became a product. In May of 2009, Eric and Joe launched the company, shortened the name to K-EDGE, and started production.
Since then K-EDGE has become the go-to chain catcher for champions at the Tour de France, World Cups, Ironman, and the Olympics. Trickling down to the consumer level, bike shop owners and mechanics are ensuring success on all bikes by adding the simple, yet professional grade, K-EDGE Chain Catcher.
K-EDGE continues to meet the demands of the market with innovative and functional designs. Most recently we introduced our GO BIG Mounts for GoPro™ Hero cameras and our Garmin Edge® computer mounts. Coming full circle in 2012, Kristin Armstrong returned to the Olympics in London to defend her Olympic Gold. And of course we sent Kristin with our new version of her original K-EDGE, the Pro Braze-on Chain Catcher. With the latest and greatest K-EDGE, Kristin successfully defended her Gold Medal.
We are proud to design and build all K-EDGE products right here in Boise, Idaho, USA.