Race Face Single Narrow/Wide Chainring
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This Race Face Single Chainring with Narrow/Wide teeth has performance enhancing chain retention technology. Burly enough for DH Racers and Dirt Jumpers, yet light enough for XC/singlespeed.
Top Features of the Race Face Single Narrow/Wide Chainring
- Narrow Wide tooth profiling ensures ultimate chain retention
- Stiff 4mm plate thickness and I-beam construction transfer loads without flexing
- 7075-T6 aluminum, aerospace grade strength
- Reversible laser etched graphics.
- Compatible for 9, 10 and 11 speed
- Either 104, 110 or 130 BCD
Single Rings are machined from 7075 aluminum and tested in some of the most punishing riding terrain – Built to last.
Chainrings are fitted to the crank arms and come in single, double or triple configuration. Most geared bikes use a 3/32 inch width, whereas 1/8 inch is the popular choice for track bikes and some single speeds due to its increased strength which is needed when riding a fixed wheel. Chainrings are available in a number of formats, these are known as PCD's (Pitch Circle Diameter) or BCD's (Bolt Circle Diameter), this is the spacing of the bolts that secure the rings to the crank arms. Common sizes are 74mm inner ring Shimano MTB, 110mm middle and outer for Shimano MTB, 110mm for most compact chainsets to allow for the smaller ring combo's, 130mm for Standard Shimano Road and 135mm for Standard Campagnolo road chainsets.
About the Race Face brand
In almost 15 years of doing business, Race Face has become a global leader in the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of high performance cycling components and apparel.
A short drive from the famous North Shore mountains, Race Face designs and tests its line of high performance products to excel in the world’s most abusive riding environments. Race Face sponsors a team of internationally recognized athletes and is the creator and driving force behind the Ultimate Freeride Challenge. Race Face sponsors various mountain bike films and events such as the New World Disorder series of Freeride films and the Bike Magazine Monster Park Slopestyle Invitational.
From their design engineers to the folks boxing product, Race Face employees share the same passion for cycling as you. They think it shows in the quality of their products.
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Magazine reviews for Race Face Single Narrow/Wide Chainring
Review from MBR
Like SRAM XX1 and XO1, Race Face's new Narrow/Wide chainrings use a fat/thin tooth profile to aid chain retention. The idea is that this interface with the inner and outer link plates on the chain and stops the chain falling off when riding choppy terrain. The key difference between XX1 and Narrow/Wide is that the latter fits a regular 104 BCD crank. Which means you don't need a special SRAM crank or XX1 spider.
One of the reasons SRAM created the bespoke spider is to accommodate the smaller XX1 chainrings (these are available in 28-tooth for steep climbing), but Race Face offers a 30-tooth by offsetting the ring slightly inboard of the cranks uising thin alloy spacers [ed note: this spacing is machined into the chainring].
Like the company's standard Single rings, the Narrow/Wide rings are machined form aluminium plate with an 'I-Beam' cross section that reduces weight and adds stiffness. The anodising wore off after a couple of rides but I've had zero issue with wear on the teeth themselves. Retention is still as good today as it was when I fitted it two months ago - in fact, I've yet to drop a chain.
You may not get the 11 gears of the full XX1 system, but in terms of retention the Race Face is comparable to XX1, it's cheaper and , since it'll bolt straight on your chainset, there's no need to make massive changes to the rest of your drivechain.
For trail riding, Narrow/Wide rings and others like them look set to revolutionise chain retention because they offer one of the best features of XX1 but at a fraction of the cost. If you're going to buy a new single ring for your bike, make sure it's this one.
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Just started racing 'cross, and have had quite a few chain offs, and looking at changing to a 1x10 setup. Will this run ok with Shimano rear mechs, mine is a long cage at the mo as running 46/36 11-30, and also no real need for any chain catchers/bash guards?
This ring will improve chain stay and reduce drops. If you upgraded to a clutched derailleur you would reduce drops even further. I have this ring and a clutched Zee derailleur, no drops so far
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