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Cosmo Bike Tech Award 2017 KRU Hubs

KRU Cycling has received an honorable mention for the Cosmo Bike Tech Award.

“An honourable mention for the Technical Quality of KRU Cycling’s high rolling performance hubs”.

Read more on the official press release from the Cosmo Bike Show (Download here – in Italian).

KRU Products Preview at Eurobike 2017

At Eurobike 2017 we have shown a preview of some of the newest products we’ve been working on.

These are prototypes that we plan to produce in the near future so keep in mind that they might change and that they will eventually look more polished.

Here they are:

KRU K-Class Cockpit with Extensions
This is going to be a variation of the KRU K-Class Cockpit which will allow to add or remove Aerobar extensions. This is a product designed for triathlon, in particular for those who would like to use a full aero road bike with a true triathlon set-up instead of a triathlon bike. These are cyclists who only want to keep a single multi purpose bike, that mostly do draft legal racing and occasionally do non-draft races, or triathletes competing on challenging or extreme courses with big elevation gains and steep climbs.

Prototype of the new KRU Cockpit with extensions removed

Prototype of the new KRU Cockpit with Extensions

Side view of new KRU Cockpit with extensions

KRU K-Class Aero Stem
This will be a stem designed to match the K-Class Aero Handlebar but obviously works with any 31.6 mm handlebar and comes with the same KRU ECS clamping system and support functionality found on the K-Class Cockpit (support for cycling computers, etc.)

Prototype of the new KRU stem

KRU K-Class Aero Bottle

Prototype of the new KRU aero Bottle


This prototype is an aerodynamic drink bottle and cage system that leaves a very minimal footprint on the bicycle.

Let us know what you think of these products! You can contact us by email krucycling.com/contacts/ or at facebook.com/krucycling.

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.

2018 KRU WHEELS and COMPONENTS

We’re happy to announce KRU’s newest Catalogues for wheels and components.

If you are attending Eurobike 2018 or the Cosmo bike Show 2018 you’ll have a chance to see our products there.

Otherwise, you can get a sneak preview on publication site Issuu through which you can browse them from the comfort of your own computer.

You will find:

  • Our full line-up of wheels and components
  • Description of the core KRU ‘K-Elements’ Technologies
  • Detailed information on each product

You will not find any of the newest prototypes we’ll show at the Trade Show. For those, you’ll have to visit us there!

Click inside one of the frames below to watch in fullscreen mode.

WHEELS

COMPONENTS

Enjoy your read!

(If you would rather download a pdf, visit the downloads section of our site where we’ll upload them soon.)

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

What’s special about KRU Hubs?

One of the key technological advancements we have introduced is the KRU wheel hub. In fact, there aren’t many companies nowadays doing innovation on the hubs. In practice, many wheels on the market today are little more than a selection of existing products put together and a sticker applied.

Our approach for making high quality carbon wheels has been radically different. We’ve literally designed our products from the ground up, including the hubs.

KRU Hub mounted on a wheel

KRU hubs, entirely engineered by KRU, offer performance comparable to hubs with ceramic bearings while on the other hand maintaining exceptional durability at an affordable price point.

The technology is supported by Enhanced Bearings Performance, a patented revolutionary hub design & assembly, and Self Adjusting Spokes, a clever design which allows spokes to perfectly align from the hub flange to the rim.

Enhanced Bearings Performance (EBP)

Enhanced Bearings Performance EBP Technology KRU

Enhanced Bearings Performance is a completely reingeneered hub design & assembly. Main benefits include:

  • Hubs unaffected by over-tightening of the quick release, actually rolls faster
  • No maintenance required for 200.000 km
  • Low friction and rolling resistance

Read more here: http://krucycling.com/2017/07/02/about-enhanced-bearings-performance-ebp-kru/

Self Adjusting Spokes (SAS)

Self Adjusting Spokes – SAS Technology

The Self Adjusting Spokes technology allows spokes to perfectly align from the hub flange to the rim to obtain the following benefits:

  • The wheel supports higher tension
  • Higher wheel performance in terms of stiffness and stability
  • Greater durability of the spokes

Read more here: http://krucycling.com/2017/07/05/about-self-adjusting-spokes-sas-k-elements-kru/

Personalisation

KRU hubs can be personalised with hub caps available in many colours

 

About Self Adjusting Spokes (SAS)

Spokes failure is the most common maintenance issues affecting road cycling wheels for many cyclists. Tackling this problem quickly become a priority in our effort of completely redesigning wheels. Spokes are central in making sure that the structure of a wheel maintains its rigidity. Causes of their failures include imperfect alignment, an incorrect amount of tension because of improper setup or loss during normal use.
To create the SAS technology we have drilled an hemispherical groove in the hub flange and added a ball shaped washer placed underneath the spoke head. This design allows spokes to perfectly align from the hub flange to the rim increasing their ability to withstand tension loads, maintaining the shape of the wheel at lower tension and decreasing the risk of wheel failure.

Self Adjusting Spokes – SAS Technology

Major benefits of the SAS technology include higher stiffness which maximises power transfer, higher durability, lower risk of broken spokes and an improved riding experience, especially on fast corners. Our tests have demonstrated an ability of KRU wheels to reach very extreme lean angles at corners

  • The design allows spokes to perfectly align from the hub flange to the rim supporting higher tension
  • Higher wheel performance in terms of stiffness and stability
  • Greater durability of the spokes, less maintenance required
  • Faster average speed while riding corners
  • Higher maximum corner lean angle (more than 45°)

About Enhanced Bearings Performance (EBP)

In recent years the development of cycling wheels has been predominantly focused on assembling together parts from different manufacturers or at most applying minor modifications to the shape of the rim. The industry appears to have failed to introduce meaningful technology advancements and to have completely forgotten the central component of a wheel’s structure: the hub.

Our approach has been diametrically opposite, the hub is where we’ve started the development. During our research we noticed two big areas for improvement over existing products on the market. One is an imperfect alignment of the bearings which often causes durability issues, especially when the quick release skewer is tightened excessively. The other, is that the vast majority of cyclists never apply any maintenance to the wheel, even less to the hub. This means that there is a substantial amount of cyclists whose wheels and hubs are literally slowing them down.

To address these issues we have completely redesigned the structure of a wheel hub and patented it under the name of Enhanced Bearings Performance (EBP). The KRU hub assembly process is also unique in the industry. We use a full 5 axis CNC machined production process in a single manufacturing station while bearings are all inserted at once with optimal alignment and controlled preload.

Enhanced Bearings Performance EBP Technology KRU

EBP brings numerous benefits. Firstly, our hubs provide minimum friction and rolling resistance. The performance is comparable to those with ceramic bearings with the distinctive difference that we are able to guarantee exceptional durability and much better value at a lower price point. In fact, KRU hubs are guaranteed to require no maintenance for 200.000 km. An additional benefit is that our product is unaffected by over-tightening of the quick release skewer. Effectively, KRU hubs make you go faster and maintain their performance for much longer than any other product on the market.

  • Completely rethought hub design and assembly
  • Unaffected by overtightening of the quick release (actually rolls faster)
  • No maintenance required (200.000 km guaranteed)
  • Fast rolling resistance and lower friction – comparable to ceramic bearings
  • Performs well where other products fail

A summary of upcoming KRU events in March

March will be a busy and exciting month! KRU will be touring the island of Taiwan to showcase KRU’s advanced cycling technologies.

Here is a recap of all the events where you’ll find KRU over the month of March.

  • 18 March: 5i50 Triathlon in Taitung at the Ironman Expo
  • 19 March: Ironman 70.3 in Taitung at the Ironman Expo
  • 21 March – 25 March: Taipei Cycle show in Taipei at booth I0401

We have an exciting month ahead!

Explore the 2017 KRU catalogue on Issuu

You now have one more way to browse the 2017 KRU Catalogue.

We have uploaded our wheels catalogue on publication site Issuu so that you can browse it in a responsive and smooth experience.

Click inside the frame below to watch in fullscreen mode.

Enjoy your read!

(If you would rather download a pdf, visit the downloads section of our site.)