Chromag Launches New Rift Knee Guard

Jun 11, 2020
by Chromag Bikes  


PRESS RELEASE: Chromag Bikes

At Chromag we simply want to produce things that our staff want to use, day in, day out, which is why we're very proud to announce the Rift. We saw an opportunity to produce a kneepad that ticked some boxes that we felt were currently left empty, and in partnering with the engineers at RHEON Labs we've managed to create a guard that we're extremely proud of, but most of all, keen to slip on whenever we head out for a ride.


The RHEON material is made from highly strain-rate sensitive polymers that stiffen momentarily while absorbing energy. These properties make this material ideal for a trail knee pad, which has some unique requirements. It must be comfy enough to pedal in all day, but provide significant protection for the way down.

This brief was simple enough to devise as that's exactly what we need on a Friday ride. We go on long pedals into the alpine, and then ride fairly technical trails on the way down. Cue: The Rift.


Utilising this material, and combining it with complex geometries that fold in on themselves when impacted, RHEON collaborated with us to develop a knee pad that feels great to pedal in but also provides a very high level of protection. It's almost an issue that the pad feels so good, as we need to calmly explain to people that it does in fact offer significant levels of protection.

Everyone knows knees are anatomically identical to papaya!

As with most Chromag products, a great deal of thought has gone into every aspect of the design, rarely is anything left to chance. The majority of the protection is located up front provided by RHEON and encased in an aramid skin to provide resistance to abrasions and tears. Additional lateral foam inserts keep the pad low-profile and allow for unrestricted movement, without bumping the cost sky high.



The RHEON insert is located on an airprene backing to provide structure and also moderate temperatures on those all day epics.

Some phones were harmed in the making of this video...

The calf gusset really works wonders in keeping the pad in place, especially combined with the generous silicone band around the top. The upper stretch mesh allows movement of your leg while keeping everything where it needs to be.


The Rift comes in 5 sizes from XS to XL and is fully machine washable, even with the RHEON™ material installed. MSRP $135CAD.
We've really enjoyed developing and using these over the last year, we hope you do too!

This clip demonstrates RHEON technology at work, helping to protect your legs... and pieces of ice.

See below for the full list of features.





Chromag bikes, parts, apparel and accessories are available online and at quality bike shops.


94 Comments

  • 49 1
 I knee these pads....
  • 30 1
 Padthedic.
  • 47 4
 You kneed to check your spelling.
  • 4 7
 @BeKwik: underrated comment
  • 10 0
 Time to leave this joint
  • 14 2
 Makin' a pun... you'd better believe that's a PADdling.
  • 12 0
 Patella me you're kidding
  • 11 0
 this all hinges on one cruciate assumption
  • 5 0
 They prevent medial collateral damage that can lead to ex-cruciate pain.
  • 9 0
 I've been on Pinkbike for years...still not ACLimatized to all these puns
  • 3 0
 @cyclopathic: time to put a cap on these knee puns.
  • 2 10
flag commental (Jun 11, 2020 at 2:52) (Below Threshold)
 Pinkbike should put a cap on the amount of bad puns anyone can make each month.
  • 6 0
 @commental: I doubt that they will ever see the kneed to do such a thing
  • 5 0
 bunch of disjointed comments
  • 4 0
 I hate to hamstring everyone's enthusiasm but these won't do anything to protect against gnarthritis
  • 1 1
 These puns are great!!! Keep it coming PunBike!!
  • 1 0
 This thread of puns is just what I kneeded on this Saturday morning. Thanks punbike.
  • 29 0
 Da bears
  • 1 0
 Polish sausage.
  • 3 2
 Da Bears still suck. go packers!!!
  • 25 0
 Chromag is just killing it. Frames, clothes, you name it.
  • 28 0
 Papayas...
  • 4 0
 @Kiwizak: My favourite mug by far. They are big, solid (dishwasher hasn't hurt it at all) and the finishing is great. Plus it keeps my beer cold when I pour it from the growler.

Someone tell Ian they need to make a bear growler. One of those insulated ones.
  • 6 0
 @Kiwizak: that mug is awesome. Thank for making me wanting to have one. It's just a mug... But what a mug... Can pink bike so a comparison test of mugs, please?
  • 15 0
 Dude, Chromag is on point with their stuff lately. Chromag has been flexing so far in 2020
  • 22 16
 I generally like chromag products but any knee pad without straps is my opinion garbage. The material eventually stretches, then the pad is constantly sliding down and product essentially becomes useless forcing you to go out and buy new pads.
  • 20 0
 Idk my 7IDP pads are going 6 years strong...
  • 6 0
 I'm finding that straps are under so much strain trying to hold back my massive, sexy calf muscles that they also stretch out pretty fast. When the work is spread out like this, they seem to last just as long and be more comfortable all the while. Unfortunately, they're not making these in XXL, so I will never get to find out if these are/aren't garbage.
  • 4 0
 @Auzyman: Yeah, I have the idp transitions and they fit great. Used to own many knee pads with straps and I prefer the sleeves. They are much more comfortable and breathable.
This Chromag pad ticks all the boxes for me.
  • 6 0
 @Auzyman: yep. I have the Sam Hill version. Super comfortable and do not move.
  • 1 0
 I believe that is what the "calf gusset" is for. I had Dakine Slayers for 3 years without straps.. and yes, eventually they started slipping... and yes did slip a little here and there, especially when cold I'm now using Raceface slip ons that have a strap, but not at the top, but in the same place as the these pads' calf gusset... the strap placement actually works really well. Even if the top starts to slip a little, the pad doesn't slide down because of the placement of the strap. I believe they moved the placement of the strap because its a more comfortable place to have a strap or gusset vs around your always moving and flexing thigh. Idk... seems to work really well on my raceface pads.
  • 1 0
 Mine has straps at top and bottom but straps still stretched and make the pad loose after 5~6 years. I will assume it doesn't really matter with or without straps?! Wish I knew Chromag is working on knee pads before I bought a new pair from Fox last month. The knee pad from Chromag looks really nice! Those videos are impressive!
  • 1 0
 @mtbikemccoy: same problem, I have huge legs and blow out all pads quickly. Pads aren't forever.
  • 2 1
 Don't knock it till you try it. I put them on today and they feel sooo good and stay in place!
  • 1 0
 @mtbikemccoy: sexy is dangerous
  • 1 0
 Need some gastroc taper strap.
  • 1 0
 @mtbikemccoy: so sad, I'm limited to pretty much one company when it comes to pads and I don't like em haha.
  • 5 0
 Never got along with slip on pads. Maybe i've just never had a pair that fit right, but I wish more manufactures would make full hook and loop tightening.
  • 6 0
 Used to think the same, bought 7idp dam hils, never going back. You just need to find ones that fit.
  • 2 0
 @lkubica: the Sam Hills are pretty dang awesome, it's all I ride currently. The only issue is that the protective inserts dont come up very high on the knee because they are so inflexible. I had a crash the other day and still got a bit of abrasion as the upper pads help but aren't connected to the main pads directly. I think this is where the more flexible material like D30 and others have an advantage. It can mold and move with your knee more, and therefore cover a bit more of it.
  • 1 0
 Ive never found a pair of knee pads with straps that are comfy. The straps eventually dig in or chaffe. My ixs pads are great as they a held up 90% by slip on with a lower strap to tighten if needed. Barely feels necessary though
  • 6 0
 These look so good!

Not sure about the name .....


rift
/rift/
noun
1.
a crack, split, or break in something.
  • 6 1
 Come see my wallet when you put straps on these pads.
  • 2 0
 Pads look great! However, like many other ‘wrap’ style pads the Lycra ends could be around twice as long. Nothing worse than the tw*t gap. See 7idp Project Knee for the minimalist knee pad perfected.
  • 1 0
 No mention of these having any CE Level 1 or 2 certification. That's been a minimum for me when shopping for pads these days. Confirms that the pad element will attenuate enough impact to actually protect me when I stack it. I've had some other non-certified pads (Specialized) that while felt light and great pedaling, didn't do too much when actually called upon to protect my knee.
  • 1 0
 Excited to try these out. My ambitv4 shorts are the best ive ever owned and the parts im running currently on my bike are top notch. My only concern with these pads over my POC vpd and air, are the external stitches on the cap. I could see them getting worn and start to separate. No?
  • 1 0
 I need pads that have light protection for the calves, not just shins, for my flat pedal slip ups. I suggested this to G-form, but they said they can't officially take outsiders' suggestions (at least in written form) for fear of future potential litigation. I can't imagine what pedals like thee Dagga could do to one's lower legs...
  • 2 0
 Take pride in the scars. My legs look like a burn victim with all the scarring from peddle strikes.
  • 1 0
 Will they cover the gapper leg? The bad trend of shorts getting shorter and more gapper legs exposed is not good. It shouldn't be up to knee pad companies to cover the gapper leg. Bring back longer shorts. Friends don't let friends show gapper leg. #antigapperleg
  • 3 0
 Chromag style and real protection without looking like a hockey goalie... Want.
  • 4 0
 I would love a matching set of elbow pads!
  • 1 0
 My slowly healing elbow agrees. I've held off elbow pads because I haven't found ones I like. The 3/4 length jersey usually saves me from the minor scuffs but rocks.. not so much. If they can make all day comfortable elbow pads I'm in.
  • 1 0
 @eh-steve: have you looked into the dainese trail skins? Similar to these chromags. I have them in both knee and elbow and they're great. Saved me last weekend.
  • 1 0
 @eh-steve: Ion e-traze. Light, don't slide down, but I went down hard and was amazed at how well they work. This impact-hardening material is amazing. 7idp looks really good too, have tried them on but not used them.
  • 1 0
 @davec113: awesome thanks
  • 1 1
 I love Chromag and their marketing but man these are expensive. I think if you want a nice knee pad that looks nearly identical with similar materials etc, just pick up the TLD Stage Knee guard. Super nice midrange pad for 79$. I have the 7iDP Sam Hills and if I switched that's probably what I'd go with.
  • 3 0
 $79USD vs $135 CAD, not actually a huge difference once you factor in the dollar. If I hadn't just bought 7idp pads I would be all over these.
  • 4 0
 These would probably be better without the big hole cut out in the knee.
  • 1 0
 That's a good point
  • 4 0
 Love chromag but $135 is a bit steep considering their competition prices
  • 2 0
 Where's the full suspension bike @chromagbikes ? It'd look sick next to my Rootdown.
  • 2 0
 Good Damnit Chromag! I just posted my international order yesterday, I would have added these in that order in an instant.
  • 3 0
 They look great, but I don't know about $135 great
  • 3 0
 Yeah. Looks sweet for sure but not $40 sweeter then the Dakine Slayer I just picked up. If you’re a Chromag fanboy it might be $40 we’ll spent though!
  • 1 0
 I really like Chromag stuff... but $135 Cdn?! Raceface makes the same thing (D30 vs Rheon), but adds a strap for $100 Cdn - www.raceface.ca/products/indy-knee-mens
  • 2 1
 Man,,.,,that lycra on the RaceFace Indy goes down so far. Are they leg warmers or knee pads?
  • 1 0
 I LOVE Chromag products and I'm considering buying these pads.

Calling the material "adaptive chemistry" though? (Hehehe) *Laughs in fluid mechanics*
  • 1 0
 These looks awesome, like everything Chromag do, but I just don't see myself making a switch from my Scott Granade Pro. So comfy and protective.
  • 2 0
 Looks bang on what I'm after. I'll be scooping up a set right away
  • 2 0
 Need and want
  • 1 0
 american pie 5: papaya f'er
  • 1 0
 That poor little papaya...
  • 2 0
 That poor pawpaw..
  • 1 0
 my knees are not papayas and i dont crash on hammers often.
  • 1 1
 AKA, they took D3O and rebranded it.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmXQrK-SOGo
  • 2 0
 very different, D30 is foam based, Rheon is silicone with very different properties
  • 1 0
 Will the Claf Gusset smell as bad as my shorts gusset after a few rides?
  • 1 0
 Leatt do the same knew pads since a few years
  • 1 1
 My problem with these is the fabric over the foam. Crash once and land where you're supposed to and they look like garbage.
  • 2 0
 I've wearing similar pads to these for years now... as have all of my riding buddies... multiple crashes over multiple years and the fabrics do just fine. I find they look better after a year of use than hard shelled pads that seem to show wear more easily.
  • 1 0
 @islandforlife: What brand? I had some old 661 that got all ripped up, hence my negative experience.
  • 1 0
 @scvkurt03: Fox, then Dakine and now Raceface
  • 5 5
 We need full leg protection please.
  • 1 0
 Sweet.
  • 5 8
 Oh boy! Been waiting so long for a company that specializes in aluminum/chromo to make apparel, gloves and pads! Can't wait to spend more on a first gen product than I would on well known, trusted piece of equipment!
  • 2 0
 My requirement for trail knee pads is simple. I have to try them on in multiple sizes in a store because I don't have time to send back a half dozen sets of pads and wait for reimbursements.
  • 1 0
 Ah, another gear I need
  • 5 7
 Is it just me or the Bear logo... not so much.
  • 4 0
 Looks like he’s scratching his blobs
  • 3 0
 I think if you got something that has this logo such as some bars, pedals, saddle or frame, you might find you start liking those bears more and more
  • 2 0
 @twonsarelli: nah, it’s a gangsta rapper bear.
  • 2 0
 @antoarvi: ohhh my mistake
  • 2 0
 A smaller logo would be my preference.

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