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SRAM’s New X-Sync 1X Chain Rings Prove Steel is Real… Affordable

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Due to the impressive amount of CNC machining time, most narrow wide rings have a price that reflects the production costs. Sram wanted to create a replacement 1x ring for the cost conscious which meant they needed look to a different material – steel. Utilizing their stamping and manufacturing wizardry, the new steel rings are not only more affordable but they should be more durable as well.

Available in three select sizes, SRAM is offering a direct mount, plus an interesting looking 94 BCD ring as well…

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Thanks to the increased strength of the steel, SRAM is able to press the ring for the proper offset and use open pockets for the chainring bolts. The 94 BCD chain ring pattern is available in 30 and 32t sizes, with the direct mount available only in 28t. All three rings use SRAM’s X-Sync Technology and are finished in black. SRAM points out that the direct mount ring comes only in a 6 mm offset which is not compatible with 30 mm spindle cranks that need a 0 offset. Also, you will need to use a SRAM chain to keep the warranty valid.

All 3 sizes will retail for a scant $19.99 each and according to SRAM, these will be the best performing chain rings at this price (only rings at this price?) and will be available this October.

SRAM.com

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Glenn
Glenn
7 years ago

For $20 they don’t have to be durable. Cool.

archie
archie
7 years ago

Good move, Sram. Now throw in some $79.99 dm compatible (spiderless) cranks and you have yourself a deal.

Chip
7 years ago

those rings look elliptical when they’re by themselves. Great prices too, steel is real.

Mike D
Mike D
7 years ago

I’m curious as to the weight difference on these. They’re steel, and will be heavier, that’s a given…but like 3x the weight? 4x? If they’re anchors that will stink (for me), but regardless it’s stuff like this that has me impressed with Sram more and more often. Well done!

SlackBoy
SlackBoy
7 years ago

If Sram stays true, the blimmin’ thing will be made from Mild steel

Fullfacekenny
Fullfacekenny
7 years ago

Raceface cinch model please, kthx

– Fullfacekenny

plif
plif
7 years ago

I want to be excited about this, but I am confident that SRAM will find a way to screw it up.

ifbikes
ifbikes
7 years ago

who cares if it is heavier at that price, sweet!

need direct mount in more sizes.

what’s with the open socket? even it it is as secure, it looks weird.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Wonder how the wear on chains would be with these. Although, dollar for dollar, probably a wash if you have to replace a chain instead of a chainring that costs 100$

tonik666
tonik666
7 years ago
Yancey
Yancey
7 years ago

Bill, chain wear on the outer surface of the roller most likely wont be a big deal. Chain wear or “stretch” occurs primarily at the pin-bushing and bushing-roller internal surfaces.
http://pardo.net/bike/pic/fail-004/000.html

kj
kj
7 years ago

I wish they made one that fit on a GXP crank, but I admit that’s asking for a lot.

emanuel
7 years ago

https://instagram.com/p/8lGofjiYnO/
just got one, cheap and heavy at 131g.
Will probably go with alluminium on my bikes.

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