SRAM’s new Chain Spotter, with clamp (SRAM)
SRAM integrated a chain
watcher — they call it a ‘Chain Spotter’ — into their new Red group, and it’s
now ready for sale separate from the group.
The Chain Spotter is
available in two configurations: braze-on or with an additional clamp. The braze-on Chain
Spotter costs US$36 (€32), while the separate clamp comes in 31.8mm, and 34.9mm sizes for $32
(€29). Yes, that’s a total of $68, should you require the clamp-on
version. While the price may seem high, it’s inline with other manufacturers forged or
machined watchers also on the market.
SRAM’s unique 2.5mm
adjustment screw allows for precise placement, and additional support when
compared to other chain watchers — some of which flex under the duress of a
dropped chain, complicating the issue — thus SRAM’s watcher does offer
advantage to some designs.
SRAM claim the weight of
the Chain Spotter at just 12g, without the clamp and say it’s compatible with
all of their braze-on front derailleurs, Apex through the new Red models. The
Chain Spotter also supports standard, compact, time-trial/triathlon, and
cyclo-cross gear ratios.
SRAM’s $36 Chain Spotter kit