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.
Here are the results!
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).
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excluded products that have been announced but aren’t actually available, that have been on the market but have been withdrawn, and products that can only be purchased as part of a bicycle – because there isn’t enough public information available on them.