“absoluteBLACK, a cycling company devoted to extraordinary design, European manufacturing and production of parts that not only perform great, but also last long.” The company is well-known for their line of ovalized chainrings, but the engineers behind the scenes aren’t about resting on their laurels.
Gravel road riding and racing are here to stay, and with it has come a plethora of new products. Frames, tyres, suspension, and a push towards 1x / single chainring drivetrains from a lot of manufacturers. These drivetrains tout simplicity, but not all of us appreciate the related cassettes and their widened gaps between many of the cogs. 2x / double chainring drivetrains are used and appreciated by a lot of riders, and absoluteBLACK has recognized this, mostly in the form of some new sub-compact chainrings (link to the press release here) suitable for Shimano cranks.
JOM of the Gravel Cyclist crew reviewed these new chainring pairings of 48/32 & 46/30 with a Shimano Ultegra 6800 series 11-speed crankset. Part of his review included thrashing the 46/30 pair at the 2018 Dirty Kanza 200!
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