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Absolute Black SRAM GXP Oval Ring

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Absolute Black SRAM GXP Oval Ring

Absolute Black Spiderless GXP Oval Ring

Are you ready to set that next KOM? The Absolute Black Spiderless GXP Direct-Mount Oval Ring is ready to rip it up with its beautifully machined, lightweight and stiff construction. Simply put, this is the best looking spiderless ring we've ever seen. Its special direct mount interface is compatible with SRAM GXP MTB cranks that feature removable spiders. Simply remove your existing spider and bolt this ring on in its place. The spiderless setup is super clean and saves a great deal of weight over a normal spidered setup. Oval rings spin smoother and promote optimal power transfer, eliminating dead spots in the pedal stroke. The Spiderless GXP Oval Ring has AbsoluteBlack's specialized narrow-wide tooth profile which retains the chain snugly, preventing dreaded chain droppage. Perfect for single ring or singlespeed use.

Absolute Black Spiderless GXP Oval Ring Specifications:

  • Oval rings help the rider spin smoother and generate more power
  • 32t is equivalent to 30t at deadspot and 34t at the power zone
  • Replaces the existing chainring and spider on 3-bolt GXP cranks
  • Narrow wide tooth profile keeps the chain snug, allowing you to leave the chainguide behind
  • Fits SRAM S2200, S2210, X9, X0, X01, XX1 and Truvativ AKA GXP cranks (not for use on BB30 cranksets)
  • Works with 1x9/10/11sp or single speed setups
  • Designed in UK, manufactured in Poland
  • Weight: 60g (32T)
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Absolute Black 30t Oval Chainring
I just upgraded my Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc to 1x. After doing a lot of research, I decided to try the Absolute Black oval chainring (SRAM direct mount). My local trails are pretty hilly, so I went with the 30 tooth version. Out of the box, the ring is a thing of beauty. Very nicely designed and very well built.

Installation was a snap. Simply remove the SRAM spider and rings, reapply a little Loctite to the bolts, and install the new oval ring directly to the crank. The process took less than 5 minutes. And, as a pleasant surprise, my existing chain length was spot on. To complete the conversion I added a Wolf Tooth 42t cog and a Oneup Radr cage.

I read quite a few reviews that said it takes about 5 minutes to get used to the feel of the oval rings...I'm not sure it even took that long. Right from the start, the pedal action felt comfortable and natural. The rings hold the chain perfectly, even over rough terrain. And, I love how quiet it is compared to the 2x set up.

The primary benefit of the oval ring is said to be improved traction. And, the Absolute Black rings do feel like they help the bike dig in. How much they have improved traction is hard to tell, because my Tallboy hooked up really well with the stock round rings. So far I have noticed the most amount of improvement when climbing over slick roots. When the rear tire breaks free on those slippery little death traps, it seems to bite back in sooner than it used to.

As for durability; it's still to new to tell. The machining and quality of construction look great though. So, I would be very surprised if it didn't hold up well.

All in all, I am very pleased with the ring. It works great, looks great, and really simplifies my riding. I mounted my Rockshox Reverb controller where the front shifter used to be, and now I can really get the most out of the dropper post. I can't see ever wanting to go back to a double ring set up!

If you are considering going 1x, I highly recommend the Absolute Black rings!

PROS: Easy To Install, Lightweight, Attractive Design
November 3, 2015
Location:
Issaquah, Wa
Traction claim is true
Great ride, you can feel it even out on climbs, otherwise you wouldn't know you had it. It definitely feels like you have gone one gear lower on the back ring, so climbing used to be my biggest gear and most of it is now second biggest for the same tooth count on a round ring.

PROS: Smooth Ride, Rugged, Great Components

BEST USES: Cross Country, Single Track
April 12, 2016
Location:
Asheville, NC
Subtle, but noticeable difference.
I was replacing a Raceface circular single chainring & decided to give the Absolute Black Oval Chainring a go. The ride: one doesn't notice a difference verses a round chainring until the terrain pitches upward; it's easier to spin on longer inclines (not spinout), and maintain a constant cadence, one also notices a powerstroke when the incline presents a ledge to climb over, when traversing level ground one definitely notices the ease to spin. The anodizing is a step above the other brand. Overall, I prefer the oval over a round chainring.

PROS: Lightweight, Durable, Attractive Design, Easy To Install

BEST USES: Upgrade, Mountain Biking
March 16, 2016
Location:
Moreno Valley, CA
Mixed results
I wanted to try oval ring based on a recommendation. Installed this on a singlespeed mtn bike. I had been running 34x18 and was going to upgrade to 34x17, but first tried the 34t oval ring with the same 18t rear cog. It installs fine, did not require adjusting the chain tension, and does not have too much chain slop. It feels a little different to pedal but not much.
However I don't like it. Overall it is harder to pedal when climbing than a round 34t. On flats the easy part of the stroke is annoying, slows you down, and could lead to knee injury from the varying forces at high cadence.
As to the claim of better traction, I'd say the improvement is minimal.
In 2 test rides of 20 miles on my regular trail, I am slower than the rides immediately before, which were PRs. I'll give it another chance and then I'll be returning it if I don't see a benefit.
In a nutshell, I am working harder to go slower.

PROS: Lightweight, Easy To Install

CONS: Questionable Benefit
February 22, 2016
Location:
Phoenix, AZ
Not as strange as I thought
I had a 34t oval ring. Needed to downsize to 30t. Getting old. I miss a little of the speed and acceleration of the 34t but my lungs thanks the 30t. It's a good tradeoff for me as I don't race.

PROS: Attractive Design, Easy To Install, Lightweight
March 16, 2016
Location:
Rosemead, CA
I would recommend and plan on buying a larger tooth count
As always delivered quick with no snags.
April 26, 2016
Location:
Phoenix AZ
Great product!
Super fast shipping from Jenson!
July 11, 2016
Location:
Tennessee
It definitely feels like I'm getting a little assist when climbing. I can drop down a gear or two also.
January 28, 2017
Purchased
2 months ago
Location:
Hi-Desert
Should be call absolute bright instead of black!
A friend talked me into this product. I'm glade he did this is a great product. I'm a machinist by trade and the workmanship is some of the best I have seen.

Also your service was great.

PROS: Durable, Lightweight, Easy To Install, Attractive Design

BEST USES: Mountain Biking, Upgrade
March 25, 2016
Location:
Wentzville mo
Excellent performance
Works perfectly, no dropped chains, pedaling feels smooth.

PROS: Durable, Easy To Install, Attractive Design, Lightweight
March 29, 2016
Location:
Utah

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Does this ring have 6mm offset?
Glenn on May 2, 2016
does this sku have the 6mm offset (for gxp and long spindle bb30?) I'm attempting to match a model purchased a bit ago direct from AB in a different size. Thanks!
Jeffrey on Apr 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, these do have the 6mm offset but are not compatible with BB30. You will find the BB30 compatible version (part #CG211A03) at:
http://www.jensonusa.com/absoluteBlack/Absolute-Black-SRAM-BB30-Oval-Ring?cs=Black

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