FAQ

What is the difference between WolfTooth, Oneup and Absoluteblack Oval chainrings.

It took Absoluteblack over 3 years to develop oval chainrings to the point you see them now. It also took great effort to introduce them to the market because of bad reputation non-round chainrings had in general from Biopace era (mistake Shimano made in early 90's). But Absoluteblack chainrings quickly proved to live up to the hype. With such a great success, other companies like WT and Oneup started producing their own version within few months. However all our patent pending applications prevented these companies to directly mimic the excellent design we use. Therefore all these companies created shape that "look similar" but is lacking test & optimization process as it takes years to finish. At Absoluteblack we believe we have created the perfect shape of an oval chainring to back up our claims. Any change to this shape will compromise the benefits you can have. What Absoluteblack claim to deliver will not be accurate for other oval shaped chainrings on the market.

You say that all Absoluteblack MTB chainrings are compatible with EAGLE 12spd Groupset, why are the teeth of your chainrings different to those on SRAM chainrings?

It’s true that our MTB chainrings will work great with SRAM’s Eagle groupset. The reason why SRAM redesigned the teeth on their chainrings, giving them a ‘hook’ shape, is an attempt to extend the poor life and noise reduction of their chainrings, that are known for fast wear and noisiness. Thanks to higher quality materials, advanced manufacturing processes of our chainrings and excellent tooth shape design, there is no need for a different teeth shape in absoluteBLACK chainrings. We’ve done it right the first time.
Also 12spd chain is almost no different to 11spd one. 12spd chain has minimally thinner plates and resulting from it dimensions, but such change does not have any negative effect on proper work with chainring. In fact, most chainrings on the market that are 11spd compatible will run with Eagle chain with no issue at all, regardless of what Sram advertising campaign says.

Do I need a different dérailleur for an oval chainring?

No you don't. All dérailleurs on the market work perfectly fine with an oval chainring. Movement of the dérailleur cage is minimal and well within natural range.

Do I need a different chain for an oval chainring?

All chains on the market except "half link" chain work perfectly fine with an Oval chainring. That is all 6, 8 ,9, 10, 11 and 12 speed chains are perfect for it. When riding singlespeed we recommend using 8spd chain for greater durability.

How to calculate gear inches for an oval chainrings.

Exactly same way as for round chainring. You just need to use the nominal size in the calculation of an oval ring you have. That is, if you buy 32T oval you use for calculation 32T size. Reason for this is 32T oval chainring has same circumference as the 32T round. We optimize the shape but not circumference - it stays constant. Distance between each teeth always has to remain at 12.7mm to engage the chain properly. You can use any online calculator to get gear inches for an oval chainring.

Can I find absoluteBLACK products in stores?

Yes. Please navigate to the Dealers tab.
Rotors - Not currently, but you can buy them directly. Please contact us.

Do you ship worldwide?

Yes we do. Sending our products out to almost anywhere in the world is just as exciting for us as it is for you.

Which Currency option should I choose for my country of residence?

Customers from USA, Canada, Australia and other countries outside Europe, should choose option in US$ currency
Customers from Europe should choose option in Euro currency
Customers from UK should chose option in GBP currency
Choosing appropriate option means that shipping cost and taxes are correct for you.

What are your shipping fees and who will deliver the parcel?

For all our customers we use DHL courier as a way to deliver the goods. Signature is Required at delivery. In some instances when according to DHL your address is in "remote area" we will use National Post service. In such case we will inform you about this before sending the goods out.
Europe: 9.9eur
USA, Canada and Rest of the World: 12$ (or 8.5$ for Post service)
UK: 5.49£
Small items like lockrings, bolts are shipped by first class mail (1 - 3.5eur)

What is your return policy.

We accept returns on any products that are new and have not been installed on a bike within 30days from purchase date (e.g. if you install a chainring it cannot be returned.). The amount returned will be the full value minus the shipping cost. Please contact us by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange the return. We will not accept parts with scratch marks from being mounted to the crank or being dirty. We will not receive returns that have not been previously arranged with us. Please make sure to mark any item being sent back to as a ‘RETURN’. In case of a warranty / wrong size return, please send the item back to us using your National Mail Service (like USPS), and please mark it as a ‘RETURN’ in a visible place.

What is your warranty.

AbsoluteBlack guarantees all our products when used under normal, non-abusive conditions, against defects in materials and workmanship during the normal life of the product. This warranty applies only to the oryginal retail purchase of the product. It is the consumer's responsibility to regularly inspect the product to determine the need for maintenance or replacement. This warranty does not cover normal wear & tear or any products that have been modified, neglected, inadequately maintained, misused, abused or involved in accidents. This warranty does not cover damage to products resulting from improper assembly or repair, or damage resulting from causes other than defects in workmanship and materials, including but not limited to lack of technical skill, competence or experience of the user. The responsibility of AbsoluteBlack under this warranty is limited to repair or replacement of the product at the sole discretion of AbsoluteBlack.

Do I have to pay import fees?

EU customers will not have to pay any additional fees. Worldwide customers usually will not have to pay either - but we can’t guarantee that.

How can I pay for my order?

You can pay with PayPal or by card using Paypal gateway.

Do you have any crash replacement program?

Yes we do. If your absoluteBLACK product is damaged in a bicycle crash within a year from the date of purchase, absoluteBLACK proposes to replace it at a reduced price to the original owner.

How does 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee work?

If you’ve purchased one of our ovals direct from us (www.absoluteblack.cc), and after 30 days of riding you find that our oval is not for you, you can send it back to us for a round replacement (if available) or a refund. 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee only applies to ovals purchased on our site.

Which size of MTB oval should I choose when switching from a double (2x) chainring setup?

If you are unsure which size of an oval to get, when moving from your 2x drivetrain to a 1x (using our MTB oval) you should start from determining the size of a chainring that falls in between your current chainrings. For example, if you have a 2x drivetrain with 24T and 36T chainrings, size in between would be 30T, use that size as a “baseline”. If you don’t have preference in your current 2x setup, and spend equal time in each of the chainrings, oval in “baseline” size should be a good size for you. If you find yourself riding more in the smaller chainring, you should consider choosing smaller oval than the baseline. If you find yourself riding more in the big chainring, you should consider choosing bigger oval than the baseline.

Can I use your Oval Guide on my bicycle?

The type of Oval Guide that is right for your bicycle, is determined by your bicycle’s frame and the mounts that it’s equipped with. If you have an ISCG05, HDM (High Direct Mount for front derailleur), S3/E-type mount (direct mount for front derailleur), you can use our Oval Guide. Oval guide is designed for MTB bikes (not for road). With Road bike you should use our “chain catcher”.

How to choose the right type of an Oval Guide for my bicycle?

If you are unsure, you can always send us a web link to your bicycle/frame’s specification (with pictures), or alternatively you can send us a picture of you frame and the mounts that it has.

Which size of an oval should I choose?

We always recommend swapping like for like, so if you have a 32T round ring at the moment, you should consider getting a 32T oval. The same applies to our shiftable road ovals, we recommend that you purchase ovals with the same teeth count as your round rings.

Can I get an oval chainring with custom colour/etching?

At the moment we are unable to produce custom colours or one off sizes. We also don’t etch our chainrings

I have a Boost148 rear end, will the direct mount Sram / RF Cinch ovals work correctly on my bicycle?

Yes, they will. We have a special version of Sram and RF direct mount rings with correct 3mm offset for Boost frames. So when purchasing please choose the chainring option “Boost 148”.

I have a Boost148 rear end, will the Shimano XT8000/XTR9000/ 104bcd ovals work correctly on my bicycle?

Yes, they will. Unlike Sram/RF direct mount chainrings that require different offset, chainrings for Shimano cranks are exactly the same for regular bike and Boost148 one because the necessary offset is in the Shimano crank itself (Shimano makes 2 crank versions: Boost and non-boost). So all you need to do is to choose your correct crank bcd from our website and don’t worry about the “Boost” specifics.

What is the specification of you bolts?

Long bolts: M8x0.75, 8.5mm long thread and 7mm high nut
Short bolts: M8x0.75, 6.5mm long thread and 4mm high nut

Limitations of implied warranty

In no event shall absoluteBLACK be liable for any loss inconvenience or damage, whether direct, incidental, consequential or otherwise resulting from breach of any express or implied warranty or condition of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or otherwise with respect to this product except as set forth herein. Under no circumstance shall absoluteBLACK or its third party suppliers be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or any other kind of damages.

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