You've probably seen one of these "ovalized" chainrings by now, and have been slapped in the face by curiousness like most of us have. Do things really make a difference in efficiency? The master minds over at Wolf Tooth Components aren't promising you a pair of wings here, but they aren't hesitant to relay that these elliptical rings do in fact have a much different feel to them that can provide more efficiency and a smoother power output. Their team of testers report the most noticeable benefits come on punchy singletrack and hills, allowing less shifting and snappier acceleration.
Wolf Tooth's take on the Elliptical chainring has an ovality of 10% and timing of 112 degrees after TDC (top dead center). What this does is eliminates 2 teeth where your pedal stroke is the weakest and adds 2 teeth where your stroke exerts the most power. For example: a 34t chainring feels like a 32t in the weak part of your pedal stroke and a 36t in the part of the stroke where your legs have the most power.
This model of Wolf Tooth's Elliptical Chainring fits Race Face Cinch type cranks such as Turbine, Next SL and Sixc. Available in sizes 26-34 have an ideal 49mm chainline vs the Race Face direct mount ring chainline of 51mm.
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