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.
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.
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.
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