Absolute Black’s ovalized direct mount chainrings for SRAM cranksets are finally shipping, with the company founder telling us they’re flying out the door as fast as he can make them. Check the tech specs in this post.
For current orders, the rings should be in the post, filling everything placed before December 1. Marcin says another batch arrives in two weeks to fill any orders since then, but that’s only the beginning. He’s working on the SRAM direct mount 34-tooth size now, and that’ll be followed by a 28-tooth 64BCD oval ring for those wanting really, really low gearing up front.
Also in development is an oval narrow/wide chainring that’ll mount directly to the Race Face Cinch cranksets. Marcin said he’s only planning an oval ring for the Cinch system since Race Face already makes some (very good, in our opinion) round chainrings. It’ll be 32-tooth only for starters, but, well, you can see where’s going…
In other news, Absolute Black products will now be available in the U.S. through BTI, which should ease shipping costs and speed up delivery for those of us stateside. Comments from both companies below.
Absoluteblack: “It is hard to hide the fact that US sales is a big part of our business. Initially we wanted to trade only from our website, but we realized quickly it’s becoming more challenging with orders increasing every month. It was time to look for a serious partner who could help us expand in US market and serve our customers and shops better. BTI was a natural choice for obvious reasons. Starting January 2015 our products will be widely available to all US shops and customers with very competitive prices. We encourage every shop to inquire BTI directly for a price list.”
BTI: “Absolute Black drivetrain products are almost beyond category. Marcin constantly pushes the boundary between aesthetics and physics and somehow manages to do it without compromising performance” says John Salomonsen, Purchasing Manager. “BTI is truly excited to help expand Absolute Black product availability to US bike dealers.”