Interbike 2015: WickWerks 53/34 chanrings offer best of both worlds

Get the easy spinning of a compact little ring with the power of a traditional big ring

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This new combination is designed to provide the easy spinning of a compact little ring with the power of a 53-tooth big ring.

This new combination is designed to provide the easy spinning of a compact little ring with the power of a 53-tooth big ring (click to enlarge).

If WickWërks new ultra-wide chainrings for road riding work as advertised, we’re all in. Their new 53/34 combination is designed to provide the easy spinning of a compact little ring with the power of a 53-tooth big ring. Heretofore you had to choose, which for us usually meant sacrificing any semblance of top end sprinting speed in exchange for 50-34 compact gearing that we could comfortably spin up the many steep climbs around our test HQ Colorado.

Bridge Shift Technology uses longer ramps that grab a piece of the chain and pull it up to the big ring all at once.

Bridge Shift Technology uses longer ramps that grab a piece of the chain and pull it up to the big ring all at once (click to enlarge).

WickWërks says it’s overcome the issue of such a large jump with its Bridge Shift Technology, which uses longer ramps that grab a piece of the chain and pull it up to the big ring all at once. This replaces the traditional shift pins, which interface with less of your chain.

Check out the video below for more details on exactly how this all works — and to hear the WickWërks claim to fame as the fastest shifting chainrings around.

The new rings are compatible with most 110 BCD, 5-bolt cranks and traditional front derailleurs, and run in the $150 range for the set.

WickWërks was also showing what it billed as a perfect solution for juniors. Their new 41/33 chainrings paired with an 11t cog falls within the rollout range required in junior racing, but provides greater gear range and is lighter than the more common 52-14 junior set-ups. This also means the junior rider can use any rear wheel since they’re not running odd cassettes to stay within the parameters of the racing rules.

The new 41/33 chainrings paired with an 11t cog falls within the rollout range required in junior racing.

The new 41/33 chainrings paired with an 11t cog falls within the rollout range required in junior racing (click to enlarge).

WickWërks was also pushing these 41/33 chainrings as a solution for cyclocross racers looking for a smaller chainring up front thus getting more lower gears overall. CX racers on 2x set-ups are typically running 46-36 combinations.

For more information visit wickwerks.com

This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2015 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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