Thanks to more riders than ever wanting to drop their front derailleur in favor of 1x drivetrains, the market for front chainrings just keeps getting bigger. Add to that the fact that the narrow wide chainring is probably easier to engineer and produce than a multi-speed chainring that needs to shift and you have yourself a renaissance of smaller CNC machining outfits.
The latest we’ve stumbled across is Rideworks, a UK based company with a rapidly growing portfolio. With products designed and manufactured in the UK, Rideworks offers yet another option when it comes to chainrings, bashguards, and other CNC bits – but they aren’t stopping there. The future holds the release of a number of new products including cranks, hubs, and stems.
See some of the current and future products next…
Utilizing a narrow/wide, thick/thin tooth profile, the 7075 aluminum MTB chainrings are hard anodized in 5 colors for durability. Available in 104 BCD and in 32, 34, and 36t sizes. Retailing for £38, the rings work out to around $59 dollars making them pretty competitive price wise. The Narrow Wide rings join products like the standard single speed chainrings and 104 BCD bash guards which are also CNC machined and hard anodized.
Along the lines of single speeding, Rideworks also has an 18t single speed cog they machine out of aluminum. Featuring an 8mm wide base for happy freehub bodies, the cogs are sold in black or silver but currently in 18t only. Retail is £34.99 which includes a spacer kit for dialing in chainline on multi-speed hubs.
In the “coming soon” category, Rideworks has shown a sneak peek of their hand with their new crankset, stem, and hubset. Their Billet MTB cranks will be machined from a solid billet of 7075-T6 aluminum and will be single ring compatible. The same goes for their new stem which will first be available in 70mm. MTB hubsets will be available separately or built into complete wheels. Rideworks claims the hubs will use larger bearings for better durability and will fit multiple axles and include a 44t drive ring for the freehub ratchet for fast engagement.
Keep an eye out for more details at rideworks.co.uk.