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Wolf Tooth Gets Slippery with New Aero Chainrings for Shimano GRX

Wolf Tooth Components New GRX Aero Chainring hero(Photos/Wolf Tooth Components)
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Minnesota’s Wolf Tooth Components has a stellar reputation for bringing high-quality bling and clever bike solutions to our bicycles. And now you can use that world-renowned quality to crush PRs and kick the wind’s ass with WTCs new line of Aero Chainrings that are launching this Spring.

Wolf Tooth Components New GRX Aero Chainring single ring
(Photos/Wolf Tooth Components)

The first chainrings to launch are 110 BCD Asymmetric, 4-bolt chainrings for the Shimano GRX cranks. These new aero chainrings are equipped with WTC’s Drop-Stop ST tooth profile made for Shimano’s Hyperglide+ chain that’s used on the 12-speed drivetrains.

You can run 1x cranks for the GRX 12-speed as well as 11-speed because Shimano didn’t change the crank arm spider when they released their 12-speed bits. They will come in 46, 48, 50, and 52t flavors, as well as a 46t oval.

WTC says that their primary design for BCD chainrings has been to have no material between the spider arms and the outer ring of teeth. But, this new aero design uses solid machined aluminum around the spider. And despite what you might think they are lighter than you’d expect.

And for all of you who would need/use an aero chainring… here are the claimed weights of the new rings by tooth count.

New Aero Chainring Weights:

  • 46T round: 123g
  • 48T round: 135g
  • 50T round: 139g
  • 52T round: 143g
  • 46T oval: 119g

Get your dose of high-quality, blingy, aero bike goodies by visiting the link below!

WolfToothComponents.com

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Yeah sure
Yeah sure
2 months ago

Thank god. The aerodynamic drag from my chainring has really been a detriment to my gravel and road riding.

Tom
Tom
2 months ago
Reply to  Yeah sure

Don’t want one, don’t buy it. It’s pretty easy really. The people buying a product like this are not likely to gain any aerodynamic advantage. They are more likely to be gear nerds who like to tinker. Let them tinker.

Grillis
Grillis
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

It’s literally designed/marketed for racing and called an “aero” chainring. As silly as that is, you don’t need this to “tinker”.

Tom
Tom
2 months ago
Reply to  Grillis

So again, don’t buy it. Easy peasy. It’s “literally” that easy.

Yeah sure
Yeah sure
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

Ohh man I was going to buy this to minimize the races I was losing due to my chainring aerodynamic drag but I’m not a tinkerer…I’m a winner baby.

Dinger
Dinger
2 months ago

Interesting choices for size offering. I wonder how many gravel frames will have chain stay clearance for some of the larger sizes? Gravel frames are “crowded” in this area in the name of tire clearance.

Jason Schroeder
Jason Schroeder
2 months ago

Ridiculous!

Tom
Tom
2 months ago

Why is it ridiculous?

Jason Schroeder
Jason Schroeder
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

The ring looks nice and I’m sure works a peach. The idea of reducing aerodynamic drag with a chaining is what I meant was ridiculous. I suspect Ron agrees, given his “crush PRs and kick the wind’s ass with WTCs new line of Aero Chainrings” passage.

Yamabushi
Yamabushi
2 months ago

This is because Shimano only offered 40T and 42T, and the racers were using Dura-Ace crankset for gravel instead of GRX. These Wolf Tooth sizes are meant for racing. I (or other common recreational gravel riders) needed even smaller 38T or even 36T for GRX crankset. I guess if you are going as slow as me you don’t need it to be aero.

David Kent
David Kent
2 months ago

I like it areo or not shimano does not make the chain rings big enough for me. 46 would be perfect looks nice.

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