With the heavier tires and often slushy, sandy or otherwise messy conditions fat bikes usually find themselves in, Absoluteblack’s new 28 and upcoming 26 tooth 64bcd oval chainrings could be a welcome way to add traction.
The brand currently offers oval rings in various direct mount and 104BCD chainrings, but the new 28-tooth drops down to a 64bcd to offer the equivalent of a 30-tooth ring in the power position and 26-tooth in the dead zone of your pedal stroke. And coming in a few weeks time will be an even smaller 26-tooth oval 64bcd. With many fat bikes converting to 1×10/11 drivetrains with minuscule chainrings up front, the smaller oval rings could bring the gearing and traction those riders seek. The 26-tooth 64bcd oval will retail for $54 / €46.99 / £36.99. Word is they’re also considering a 24-tooth oval.
Joining those just after Eurobike (read: early September) will be 26 and 28 tooth Race Face Cinch direct mount oval chainrings (30/32/34 already available) and SRAM GXP direct mount 26-tooth oval chainrings (28 and up already available). They’ll be available in the same red, black and green anodized colors as the rest of the range.