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The Lightest Integrated Aero Cockpit

In making the KRU K-Class Super Compact Cockpit we’ve focused on creating a stiff but also light product. So the big question is: how light?

During our research and development, we have collected a lot of information and compared the KRU K-Class Cockpit against available market offerings, including 10 of the most famous brands.

Results
Here are the results!

Best Integrated Aero Cockpit Handlebars+Stem Compared – KRU Cycling is the lightest

We are happy to say that the KRU K-Class Cockpit is by far the lightest integrated aero cockpit on the market.

With only 348 grams at size 42cm/100mm, the KRU K-Class Cockpit is about 50 grams and 13% lighter than the average.

Stiffness and the importance of Cable Housing Technology
The next question is typically one around stiffness. Unfortunately, comparable stiffness to weight ratio data isn’t widely available.
In this case we can focus on what makes the K-Class Cockpit different. We made a light product without making any compromise in terms of stiffness. In fact, we are confident the KRU Cockpit offers the best stiffness-to-weight ratio on the market.

The reason for this is the KRUCH patented technology. This is important because the traditional way of doing internal cable housing requires patching pieces of carbon together or drilling holes. As you can imagine, the traditional way doesn’t produce a very stiff structure but one with a lot of risk for failure.

Instead, KRUCH (KRU Cable Housing) is made of an internal groove with rubber covers. This makes a very solid structure (the cockpit is a true single piece monocoque) and light (we actually need to use less material).

Methodology
We are all for transparency so we’d like to spend some time to talk about methodology.
We have used manufacturer’s-provided weight information from their official websites.
We have also indicated the size of that weight whenever the manufacturer provided it. The most common size used has been the 42cm width (center-to-center) and 100mm stem length so that’s the one we are indicating for our product.
In terms of product selection, we have included only comparable products: aero cockpits (stem and handlebar in a single piece) with internal cable routing.
We have also focused on cockpits that can be currently purchased on the aftermarket. For this reason we have excluded products that have been announced but aren’t actually available, that have been on the market but have been withdrawn, and products that can only be purchased as part of a bicycle – because there isn’t enough public information available on them.

Launching the K-Class Cockpit

At Eurobike Show 2017 KRU is announcing the K-Class Super Compact Cockpit, the most advanced integrated cockpit on the market.

It’s composed of an integrated system of handlebar and stem in a single piece. Its clever technology and design features make it the most lightweight integrated cockpit on the market. It’s made for racing and it will improve your cycling experience to the highest level.

The K-Class Super Compact Cockpit isn’t just light. In fact, it offers an exceptional stiffness-to-weight ratio thanks to advanced engineering and the KRUCH technology.

The aerodynamic shape brings drag to a minimum to help you go faster. The clamping system fits perfectly within the aerodynamic profile and thanks the Enhanced Clamp System it is optimally secured to the steerer tube for maximum safety and comfort.

We designed the bar section without any sharp edges to offer comfortable handling and grip which is often absent on aerodynamic products in the industry.

The Cockpit is available in the span measures of 20 and 40 mm. The span is the width difference between the drops and the top of the handlebar. These sizes offer the best handling position and improve comfort for out of saddle efforts when “on the drops”. The Super Compact has a 125mm drop which enables a very quick movement of the hands from the “drops” racing position to the “hoods” and vice versa.

The bend shape of the Aero Handlebar has a 4° backsweep in the front part of the handlebar. This feature increases fingers grip comfort for racing cyclists as it takes into account the way the handlebars are held during intense race efforts.

KRU will be at Eurobike at stand B3-312

KRU at Eurobike 2016

As you know, we have attended Eurobike 2016 where we presented numerous new Kru products.

Our collection now includes not just high performance wheels, but also ultra light components such as classic and aero handlebars, an ultra light stem and an integrated cockpit.

We have also taken a few pictures from our stand that show some of the distinctive features we announced and are delighted to show them to you.

DRAFT BOX

You can see our aero cockpit with the mount for a draft box you can use to carry tools and accessories.

COMPUTER MOUNT

Below you can see the mount without the draft box. This is designed to support cycling computers (such as Wahoo and Garmin) but also the Shimano Di2 junction box.

SUPER COMPACT CURVE

Our signature “super compact” curve design for the Aero cockpit and Aero handlebar allows for a wide range of degrees of brake levers set up and very fast hand movement.

HUB CAP

Our hub caps are available in several colours for personalisation and are designed to add style and protection to KRU wheel hubs.

KRU HUB

Below you can see in detail our patented hubs and signature skewers.

KRU VALVE

In the detail below you can see the valve area of KRU rims.

There you have it! If you’re looking for more pictures and information on our products, check the product section of our website or some of the news articles that talk about KRU.

KRU in the news: BDC-MAG

Popular Italian cycling news site and community BDC-Mag has visited us at the Eurobike Show. Piergiorgio from BDC Mag (Bici da Corsa) has asked us several questions about our new products and taken a few pictures of our wheels and components.

We are happy to share with you the article they have written titled “Eurobike 2016: KRU about some of the products we announced here in Friedrichshafen such as the K-Class Cockpit, an incredibly light integrated stem-handlebar combination. The post includes details and pictures of both our wheels and components.

Here are some of their quotes translated for those of you who don’t speak italian:

“It’s always a pleasure when in the exhibition we come across a new brand with interesting ideas”

“A very interesting product is the tubular disc wheel, which is built as a single monocoque piece.”

“The hub is one of KRU’s strongest elements. Completely developed and patented by them, they are characterised by a unique system that avoids the loss in performance seen in many wheels due to over-tightening of quick-release skewers. Furthermore, the external parts of the hub can be personalised with covers available in various colours.”

Here is a brief overview of the topics covered by the article form BDC Mag:

  • Insights into our story and the technologies we have developed
  • Pictures of our wheels (carbon clinchers, carbon tubulars and carbon alloy clinchers)
  • Detailed photos of our components (K-cockpit, handlebar and stem)
  • Information on the various accessories we are developing for the cockpit, including a computer mount and a storage box

If you’d like to read it in English, here is a link to Google Translate.

If, after reading the article, you’d like to learn more about, check the components section on our website.

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