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At this point Wolf Tooth Components has just about mastered the art of aluminum narrow wide chainrings, so they are trying something new. Instead of aluminum, the newest WTC direct mount chainring will be machined from stainless steel. Targeting the SRAM Direct Mount market, the stainless rings will start with a 24t model with a 26 or 28t possibly on the way based on demand.

If you found that surprising, just wait until you see the prototype for their next aluminum chainring…

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Starting with the 24t ring, the WTC Stainless DM chainrings will be machined from hardened steel that is heat treated and electro polished. Based on a 49-50mm chainline, the rings will sell for $100 and will use WTC’s patented Drop-Stop tooth profile.

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As a way to better explain the design features of their Drop-Stop chainrings, Wolf Tooth Components enlisted the help of a local 3D printing outfit. The result is comically large chainrings made with some impressive machinery.

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Speaking of 3D printing, maybe the most surprising product at the WTC booth was still in rough printed form. No it’s not an odd angle, that is an oval chainring that will be available from Wolf Tooth Components. The elliptical rings will use the standard Drop-Stop tooth profile and will first be offered in 104 BCD rings in 32 and 34t options. Expect these in about 6 weeks with a retail around $60-70.

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If you prefer your chainrings perfectly round, WTC has some new options to make dialing in 1x drivetrains easier than ever. The new 64 BCD ring is available in 26 or 28t and is meant to be run on the inside of your double or triple crank. Pair the 64BCD ring with the new 104 BCD bash guard which has a 30t max size though larger guards are on the way. The 64 BCD rings sell for $63.95.

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Running a Surly OD or Cannondale SISL2 crank? WTC has you covered there too. The Surly OD ring uses a 5 bolt 94 BCD pattern and will be available in 28/30/32 with 30t rings just now coming into stock. The Cannondale direct mount ring is meant as the ideal 1x ring for cross or road, with 38, 40, and 42t rings with a chainline ideal for road and cross bikes.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. Steel is a good idea for low count ring. I have a friend that bent tooths on a 28 sram XX1 ring and he is ne very heavy or powerfull. It’s not bent a lot but enough to be noticed. I think heavy riders are bending the low tooth coun chainring no problem. Good new for them.

  2. Cool stuff!!! I got super stoked when I read steel rings! Then bummed when I read they are only offered in micro sizes. Aluminum narrow wide rings wear too fast. Though my current wolf tooth is holding up better than my previous sram.

  3. Remember the stainless steel BuzzSaw inner ring (24 tooth). I just bought a new one in its original package for $20. It was way back on a storage shelf at one of my local bike shops, very old stock. I will use it as the inner ring on my road triple when my original BuzzSaw ring decides to die. They really did last a long time. I would think that this new stuff should be even better than my old stamped out ring from the 80’s. ( just guessing at the age )

  4. Oval rings, nice! Wish they would consider more sizes/ovals in stainless. They wear longer and have a great look. Wonder if wolftooth ever considered titanium rings too?

  5. Seems like it would be pretty easy to find a steel 28 teeth granny ring from some other manufacturer and then use either a Wolftooth or RaceFace bash guard in the middle position.

  6. I vote for steel drop stop rings all the way to 34t. While you’re at it, do some steel oval rings with direct mount options. Chainrings are similar to suspension–its time we put more into stiffness and durability and less into absolute gram counting!

  7. Sam, the fifth picture is a direct mount road/cross ring, but yes, Tony would probably find that size perfect for casually spinning up a 25% grade fire road.

  8. You’re welcome Wolf tooth. Had this discussion last year at Sea Otter that they should offer a stainless version. They acted like my idea was stupid. I guess they were listening. So yes make them for xx1 bolt pattern. l don’t pull my cranks to change gear combinations.

  9. 32T SRAM XX1 replacement in SS please. Seems like that would be a popular ring since many of the standard groups and cranks were sold with that ring.

  10. How about an aluminum spider that works with 64bcd and steel rings? I’d prefer it to a one-piece steel chainwheel, but this is a step in the right direction. Small, aluminum rings just don’t last.

  11. Awesome stuff. I was worried that Wolftooth was gonna get rode over but it looks like quality and innovation are alive and well. I think bike junkies will always seek out quality aftermarket kit regardless. I bet they beat surly to market with the n/w stainless chainring.

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