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#180 CX 1X OVAL DM for SRAM (Premium chainring)Mike 2021-04-05 03:13
Installed this on my Lauf Gravel Bike (SRAM Drivetrain) with less than 100 miles on it. After several hundred miles of Oval I will never go back to a circle....Oval all the way for me. I started riding single speed steel bikes in the 1960's and have ridden many different styles and designs from Recumbents to Tri bikes to Mountain bikes and now to Gravel. This Oval has given me that little edge to keep pushing and not back off just because some people think I am old.
#179 GRAPHENlube Wax Lubricant for Winners (Ultimate)Tom 2021-04-04 03:04
I have tried pretty much every big name wax "coating" type chain lubes out there. I've tried Silca Super Secret, I've tried Ceramic Speed UFO Drip (version 1 and 2), I've tried Molten Speed Wax with the Race powder, along with trying probably a dozen other drip wax lubes. I was never satisfied or overly impressed with any of them.
I finally decided to order some Absolute Black GRAPHENlube, and after just 3 rides I know for a fact that I've found a winner. I have been absolutely blown away by this stuff (and the customer service from Absolute Black... just top notch).
Most wax lubes I've tried will be pretty quiet to start, but within 20 miles or so the wax all falls off for the most part and the drivetrain gets super noisy.
So far I've done 2 indoor Zwift rides and an outdoor 60 mile ride today with a few buddies. I REALLY noticed today just how smooth this GRAPHENlube is, and it's dead quiet. My buddy even told me after the ride today that he couldn't believe how quiet my chain was. My chain I'm currently using is a Ceramic Speed optimized Sram AXS chain, I didn't realize until cleaning the chain before putting on this lube that Ceramic Speed's "AXS" chain is only a Force chain.
So I just placed an order for the Absolute Black Sram Red AXS GRAPHENlube factory optimized chain.
This lube is seriously next level and I recommend it to absolutely anybody.
Can't wait to get this new chain now.
#178 OVAL Boost for SRAM 3mm (Premium chainring)David 2021-03-28 21:19
I've been riding mountain bikes since before there were mountain bikes--44 years ago I threw my leg over my big sister's Malvern Star CroMo dragster and rode down the bush track my parents lived on. I've never stopped riding.

As near as I can tell without instruments, with the elliptical chainring more than half the time I'm one smaller cog on the cassette than I was on a circular chain ring, with the same cadence. Climbing out of the saddle clearly delivers more power to the back wheel, which is really useful when exploding over obstacles on the track.

It took 1 ride to acclimatise to the new chain ring. Now it feels entirely normal.

The elliptical chainring makes no difference on descents but descending on a MTB is about overcoming fear and not touching the brakes.

The Absolute Black oval chainring is the cheapest 'go faster' upgrade I've come across in 45 years of cycling. Good job. Well done.
#177 OVAL Sub-Compact Road 110/5 (Premium)Gregory 2021-03-21 03:41
My second bike with AB sub-compact. Dura Ace 7950 mated to an 11/32 cassette with a 11 speed Dura Ace chain. I followed the short video to a T and I was a smooth setup. Now me and my ol Madone are ready for the hills of southern IN. I couldn’t be happier with AB!
#176 OVAL Road 110/5 bcd for SRAM (Premium chainring)Kevin 2021-02-23 23:17
A friend of mine mentioned that he had put this on his bike, a year later I did my research and decided to change out the crankset(130BCD) to a BCD 110. Purchased and had it installed, short ride today here in IOWA(USA). All I can say” AMAZING”, I don’t know what it is, but, my pedal strokes feel smoother with less effort to crank.
#175 OVAL chainring for APEX 1 cranks (Premium)David_T 2021-02-06 22:19
I'm now 75 years old, and need all the help I can get, if I'm to continue riding. I have a Ribble hybrid AL-e, equipped with Apex 1, 11t - 42t cassette and 42t chainring. I was finding the top gear to be higher than I needed, and the bottom gear to be not quite low enough. So the obvious thing was to find a smaller chainring, but they don't seem to be available in the Apex 1 range, Then I happened on absoluteBLACK, and bought a 38t chainring. First time out today with it. It's quite uncanny how pedalling seems smoother, "rounder" and easier, just as claimed, and I was climbing hills that would have me struggling in bottom gear with the old round ring, in gear 3 or 4 with the new oval ring. Even on the flat, the going was faster and easier. I'm convinced!
#174 OVAL Boost for SRAM 3mm (Premium chainring)Carlos 2021-01-21 19:48
bought one for my bronson i'm a big guy so climbing is hard for me. I didn't notice anything personally but my strava times is showing the difference (my best climb is with the bronson with an oval on it), I thought i was going to smash the strava time the week after with the hardtail and I didn't. I couldnt figure out how my climb times on my bronson vs my hardtail was better? my buddy i ride with noticed i'm a little faster on the bronson and hit the tech parts really good must be the chainring. I ordered a second one for my hardtail and my coworkers got in on it in as well. Super high quality and they look cool too if your looking for some bling.
#173 OVAL Sub-Compact Road 110/4 (Premium chainring)Sean w 2021-01-20 05:31
Truthfully I got these for a gravel bike mainly because it’s the only option to allow a 48/32 to fit a dura ace crank (and because they look “cool”).
Mechanically they are fantastic, shifting is as smooth and dependable as it was with stock dura ace rings , granted you make the proper FD and chain adjustments as needed. Looks are also excellent ( most important, right?)
I was pleasantly surprised that I did not feel much of a difference, definitely not negative or anything that would make you feel like you would have to get used to them vs round, but it is subtle and better/ smother feeling than round. even after getting rid of “placebo” effect I do notice climbs feel better with these rings. Most likely I will be putting these on my road bikes as well. Customer service was also excellent. So far very happy I decided to try these out.
#172 GRAPHENlube Wax Lubricant for Winners (Ultimate)Jason 2020-11-27 08:42
Gold oval shimano... gold integrated top cap.. silicone grips .. and graphene lube.. I have bought everything I can for the bike I have .. mad impressed with every aspect ! Amazing quality components and impressive shipping to the states .. thank you
#171 ROUND 1X 64 & 104/4 bcd (Premium chainring)Joshua 2020-11-12 00:52
Just ordered my second chainring as I finally have worn mine out after 4 winters of fat biking and around 5 chains and cassettes. I still never have dropped a chain. This is the only 26 and 28 tooth with 64bdc made and it saved me from buying a new crank too
#170 OVAL Road 110/5 bcd (Premium chainring)Dragan 2020-11-07 14:36
For past two years I've been using Absolute Black chain rings. It was installed during the winter while using my trainer and, to tell you the truth, I didn't noticed much of difference. Still continued using them during the summer and noticed that, all of a sudden, I am doing 60-80 km trips with out even getting tired or pain in my knees. Just finished building a new bike and, this time around, I went with regular, round chain rings Sram Red 50/34. After my first 20K ride, I have realized how much I miss my Oval chain rings and that I need them on my new bike ASAP. With Absolute Black chain rings, WAY smoother pedaling and climbing, impact on your knees is almost gone and my legs are fresh after the ride, no matter how long the ride is. I am lucky that I can test both chain rings , side by side on two different bikes and difference is huge....This is very honest review from a amateur rider about this GREAT product. I will use their chain rings for a long time. Thanks Absolute Black for taking my cycling to another level, where I thought I will never be... Cheers
#169 RaceFace OVAL non-Boost 6mm (Premium chainring)Kyle 2020-10-03 01:06
I had the chain ring on for 10 months now averaging 30 miles a week in all terrain. Sprocket just starting to show wear. I noticed it was easier to clear technical uphill sections with out a pause or the rear wheel breaking loose. My knee's have also been digging it the are no-longer soar after longer rides. Great product, trying to go to a smaller 28 tooth sprocket to clear even more technical climbs.
#168 OVAL DM for SRAM 6mm (Premium chainring)Federico 2020-08-14 14:08
I was sceptical but decided to try it out on my MTB; I could feel the difference immediately !!!! ....on the first trail; the pedalling was more smooth, more efficient; the biggest positive difference was uphill with rocks; I am glad that I have discovered the oval chain ring and I don't see myself going back to traditional round one !
#167 OVAL Boost for SRAM 3mm (Premium chainring)scott 2020-08-12 23:20
This is the third oval I've bought from absolute black. I'm a 57 year old XC Marathon racer and the oval has helped me in improving my performance and it's easy on my knees. Unfortunately, they don't send the nice little decal with the chainring anymore. Just a little thing, but at about 100 bucks a pop for a chainring, it would be nice to have that little extra to put on the downtube next to the cranks.
#166 Silicone MTB GripsChristopher 2020-06-07 16:24
I have ridden many grips in the 16 years of riding MTB.
The Ribbed silicone grips give me the perfect feel in the dry or the wet.
I prefer not using gloves and have never found my hands slipping off the grips, but always suck to them.
Tacky and comfortable with vibration damping making me a happy rider on gravel of steep techy descents.
I will definitely have these on every MTB I own!
#165 OVAL boost 148 chainring for SRAMWILLIAM 2020-05-26 17:06
18 months ago, I purchased my first MTB with a 1 X drive-train. It came with a 32-tooth crank-ring and I found myself all-out in the flats and needing more from the gearing. Since my cassette is a 10-50 I knew I needed to upgrading the crank-ring. My last MTB ('97 GT LTS-2) came with 44-34-24 setup. As I was happy with the 34 tooth (finding myself riding in it 90% of the time) I was about to purchase one for my current MTB. While researching options I noticed a review on the WorldWide Cylcery website entitled "Oval vs Round." I've avoided "OVAL" crank rings like the plague due to the BIOPACE setup on my very first MTB ('87 Dimaondback APEX). To say I HATED it would be an understatement! In fact, I replaced the bike just 2 years later when Shimano introduced Rapid Fire shifters into the market. Since then “OVAL” has been a dirty word in my MTB vocabulary. So understandably I blew past the review.

Fast-forward a couple of months in self-quarantine and I found myself watching most of WorldWide Cylcery reviews and came upon "Oval vs Round." I decided to watch it and found myself intrigued! I hopped over to the absoluteBLACK website where I reviewed all the posted material. To say I was blown away would be a bit of an understatement and thought this might be the product I was looking for. So I took the leap and ordered a 32 tooth OVAL for my Sram with boost 148. When it arrived I immediately installed it and went directly to my go to trail head, hoped on my MTB and started my warm-up. The first minute or so I noticed the unusual feeling in my pedaling. This subsided before my warm-up was completed (I have not noticed it since). I started up (and I do mean up) the trail and found myself working more efficiently in at least one higher gear. When I hit the first tough section of up-hill with rough terrain I found (as promised) I had the power to get up and through it where I normally would struggle. Since this experience I have ridden several other trails and on the flats. I found the ring to live up to expectations and more! All in all you have made me a believer in the power of "OVAL"!

I only have two complaints. One, I purchased a chain guide just months before installing your ring. It has the height but the narrow guide causes rubbing in the top and bottom gears (sigh). Two, the product did not come with a sticker. I have stickers from several of my favorite MTB suppliers going back decades adorning my bike work stand and would have been proud to add absoluteBLACK to that group.
#164 OVAL Road 110/4 BCD chainring (premium)Martin 2020-05-17 20:15
First ride out today with the Absolute Black oval rings. Cannot believe the difference, I couldn’t feel any difference but was climbing better and somehow the ride felt easier than before! Very pleased with the product and so glad I tried them.
#163 RaceFace OVAL boost148 chainringrobert 2020-05-17 01:49
To AB team , After having a Bio-pace equipped 1988 Diamond back ascent ex mountain bike I thought I would give your oval gear a try .Well 2 rides in and I seam to have less knee pain as I have a bad left one . I can climb hills in 4th gear where I used to climb them in 1st or 2nd gear. I seam to have more push with your oval. I've read reviews that people say that they could have went up a size with your oval & I can see why. so far I am very pleased with your product ! I do not notice the oval difference in my pedaling as I am used to the Bio pace ring while not the same as your product a similar concept. Your ring is making me reconsider my cassette gearing up -grade to my 2017 Trek Farley 7 as I may not need any lower gears now. I just wanted to share my testing results with you. Keep up the great engineering ! cheers Rob
#162 OVAL Boost chainring for SRAM for HG+ 12spd chainVince 2020-05-12 07:28
30T MTB ring, I have owned one for Sram 12 speed and now for new Shimano 12 speed. The oval design AB has scientifically developed is incredible. At 58yr young, I climb better that I did two years ago and keep up with or beat much younger riders on the short steep punchy climbs we have on my local trails. I don't at all feel that I am pedaling an oval ring except that I instantly noticed the complete pedal stroke became much smoother with it. I don't know if any other brand can claim what AB does but AB has hit the bulls eye with their ring design. Its the talk in my mtb circles when I grind past the young guys up a climb! Wish I had this ring years ago.
#161 OVAL Sub-Compact Road 110/4 (Premium)Dylan 2020-05-02 18:21
Just amazing, faster on the flats and the hill are a breeze. First ride on the rings, many pb’s on Strava segments, on my winter bike. Will be swapping over to my summer bike to see how they work out, 100% converted to sub compact rings, well worth the change.
#160 OVAL Road 110/4 BCD chainring (premium)Dave 2020-04-19 04:25
Acquired the SRAM Red chainrings 36T 52T after reading the reviews, doing research and seeing all the positive outcomes. I am a convert. Solid, comfortable, assured, full throughput on each pedal stroke - no going back!
I do not notice a difference between the Absolute Black and a round chainring in terms of motion - but Absolute Black covers every stroke and every tooth...
Good Luck with your purchase - appears many of us are converts
#159 OVAL Road 110/5 bcd chainring (premium)Greg 2020-03-15 05:05
52/36, SRAM Red 11. Moved them to a Hakka MX which I am making into my one bike quiver. At least mostly. I have used Rotor Q Rings before, for years, and these are better. Stiffer. Shift more quickly. Easier to install. Definitely beneficial. I am running them on a Di2 system and had zero problems setting them up.
#158 OVAL boost 148 chainring for SRAMAlllen 2019-12-22 20:06
I've written a review of the Sub Compact chainrings by Absolute black and going straight into it I'm a convert.

This chainring is on a rigid 29 plus bike that I use for BikePacking the heaviest this bike has been is just over 70lbs - reduced knee fatigue was needed. Since getting the sub compact rings, I didn't even ride with the new round Sram chainring that came on the SX cranks, I took it off and threw it into the spares for eBay corner and mounted an oval. I rode Edinburgh Capital Trail over 3 days with this oval boost chainring - no chain drops, no pain, nothing. You need to buy all of your bikes oval chainrings, round is wrong.
#157 OVAL Sub-Compact Road 110/4 (Premium)Alllen 2019-12-22 20:02
I've heard about oval chainrings in the past and always avoided them because of the looks alone.

I took the leap on my gravel bike to try out oval sub compact chainrings after switching from a double set up.

The weight of the gravel bike loaded with bivvy stuff is usually about 45 lbs so I needed a lower ratio without switching out my Ultegra cranks. Absolute Black came up with their sub compact chainrings which where on my bike before the week was up after finding them!

I struggle with ankle and knee issues and I needed anything that would help, Absolute black claimed to reduce the load put onto knees.

I was SUPER apprehensive and during the first ride, I was convinced, not through marketing, not through social media posts, through actually getting on them and trying them!

Since riding oval by Absolute black, I have been able to cycle further and longer. I took part in the BearBones 200 which I completed in 25 hours and 45 minutes moving time and just over 28 hours elapsed time with zero sleep. This was the icing on the cake. Oval chainrings are for everyone. You really really need to stop riding round. Once you try these, honestly, you will not go back.
#156 OVAL Road Premium 110/5BCD chainring for SRAMWayne 2019-12-09 22:15
The improvement I've notice with the 52t & 36t oval rings is remarkable, no weak point in my pedal stroke, just an even, fluid power transfer. I have no hesitation in reccomending you try them
#155 sram oval boostTim 2019-10-25 15:42
When i first put this on the bike i didn't notice a difference between it and a round chainring, but when i used a round chainring i didn't like it at all, the oval is such a ingenious idea.
#154 Premium 1X Cyclocross 110/4 bcd oval chainringAlastair M. 2019-09-19 15:26
Ordered yesterday, and was really hoping that the new chainring would arrive in time for a Hill Climb event this weekend... it arrived today! Amazing service, and a really good looking high quality piece of kit. Hoping it will help me glide up the gradients in the races! Thanks so much :)
#153 Premium oval ring 52t racing redShawn 2019-09-08 01:22
Absolutely amazing. I’ve only ridden 25 miles on it so far, first ride nearly 16 achievements on Strava and nearly 30mph max. Most importantly it FEELS better, more efficient! I feel like NONE of my power is being lost! It’s insane, and super sexy on the bike.
#152 AB NW Oval 36 T 104 BCDMartin B 2019-08-15 20:40
When I thought about moving to 1x12 on my HT XC bike, I was curious about trying oval chainring. I waited for XT M8100 to be available and then I paired it with NW Oval. It was really great idea and I love oval. It helps me with "round" pedalling and helsp in steep uphills. At this time, I have about 300 km with my oval and I am really happy. I am thinking about buying small oval chainring to my 2x11 gravel bike.
#151 46-30 Oval ChainsetSteve 2019-08-05 21:59
At 72 my best days might be in the distant past but I still managed around 6000 miles on the road each of the past couple of years. Climbs were getting pretty difficult however, which led me to consider even lower gearing (Ultegra 6800 50-34 chainset with 11-32 cassette). The Absolute Black 30 tooth small ring has made a huge difference but the real surprise was the way the oval rings improved my pedaling in the big ring. Pedaling seems effortless.

No e-bike for me!
With over 600 miles on the setup I couldn't be more pleased. Setup with Ultegra 6800 works just fine. Highly recommend.
#150 Absolute Black 34T Oval MTB and 52/36T Oval Road ChainringsCorne 2019-07-26 13:46
After significant research I finally went with the 34T Oval as part of my 1x12 upgrade to my MTB. Let’s start by saying oval chainrings do not give you more power in relation to FTP, only training can do that, a misconception I seemed to come across in many reviews or opinion poll when trying to counter their benefits.

If you understand that cycling has a lot to do with efficiency and therefore performance gains you will be hard pressed not to be convinced that an oval is the way to go. I have personally experienced many of the benefits claimed, a much "rounder" pedal stroke, better power delivery and an ability to hold power values for longer efforts, riding a higher gear, climbing technical terrain with ease and overall just a much more enjoyable ride !!!

I have been so impressed with these rings that I purchased the 52/36T ovals for my road bike today. Very highly recommended. Thank you AbsoluteBlack for a great quality product, that performs the way it was intended to.
#149 OVAL boost 148 chainring for SRAM 32T BlackSylvain 2019-07-25 23:39
WoW delivery from Poland to Canada (1hr Montreal area) took 3 days only. This oval is really great !!!
#148 Oval Boost148 narrow wide chainring for SRAM 32TLajos 2019-07-08 10:47
First impressions: after 60 km, the effective cadence range is wider. The upphill speed and feeling increased. Overall the chainring is OK.
#147 Sram Oval ChainringJuan 2019-07-05 05:47
I love the product, was skeptical a first but after the first ride I was sold, easier climbing and super smooth, I went back to normal circle chainring for a bit just to compare and I felt a huge difference, I would never go back to a normal chainring again.
#146 39T OvalPhil 2019-06-29 22:41
Customer Service by Santiago was first rate, fast and very helpful. I would recommend doing an even swap round to oval. I was shocked how quickly I received the product in the states!

Installed with new chain and did a couple of test climbs. I didn't really feel a difference per se...oval to round, but my legs felt the difference. I seemed to float up the climbs, standing. I was also able to float up climbs seated in a bigger gear than normal and no fatigue in the legs.

As others have said, my pedal stroke seems much more efficient (and I thought it was already pretty efficient)

Great product, great customer service. A very happy customer! Thank you!
#145 Absolute Black 48t & 32t oval sub-compactJeff 2019-06-29 17:35
Okay, so here’s the deal. Don’t just jump on the bike and expect to experience an instant change. Rather, as you ride ‘feel’ for the difference. Believe me, it’s there. Granted, like all things, you’ll get used to it and might not realize the difference but rest assured it’s there.

The two differences I felt was exactly what absoluteBlack says to expect with this sub-compact set up. The first is the climbs. Don’t kid yourselves, you still have to apply force on the pedal to get uphill but there’s a certain ease on those power strokes.

Cadence is smoother than you would expect. And despite what your friends might think as you pedal, no - you will not be riding like a pony on a merry-go-round.
#144 Sub-compact 46/30Jean 2019-06-25 05:07
OMG! Finally! Climbing gearing for “regular” riders who need help climbing! Beautifully crafted and easy for our local bike shop to install. Husband and I both had them installed on our Trek Domane’s with Ultegra R8020 Cranks. Took them on their maiden voyage on a 65 mile gravel ride with lots of short and punchy climbs. Gearing made the ride easier and much more fun! Highly recommend these rings!!
#143 30 tooth MTB RINGDavid 2019-06-22 12:03
Hi I have the 30 mtb ring and I am finding it very very good apart from riding on the flat as the maximum speed I can get is 18 - 20 mph and so can you tell me when you get a double bigger ring
#142 cx 40t 110bcd 4boltJules 2019-06-05 17:08
bought a 40t chain ring for a 1x project im building. took less than a week for the item to reach Manila. great job guys. thank you :-)
#141 winter chainringsRoger dodg3 2019-05-22 15:38
I purchased a set of oval chain rings 34/50 for my 105 giant defy 1 crank and rode them for 2 weeks.my pedal stroke felt smoother but it did take a short ride out to get used to them and i was always looking down to my disbelief how this could work and my legs felt less sore after riding regardless how long or short the ride was. My pedal stroke is more smooth & the dead spots have almost gone . I now have purchased another set & put absolute black winter chain rings 36/52 on my other giant bike Tcr. the oval chain rings work for me in the smoothness and the riding up hill was a ease & i seem to have more energy when out with riding buddies. now i have the best of both 34/50 & 52/36 on my bikes & i cant recommend these chain rings enough to cycling buddies who have notice that my riding style has changed for the better when out on group rides.
#140 Sub Compact 48-32T for Specialized Roubaix Di2-Ultegra FC8000ALLAN 2019-05-05 01:35
Ordered the oval chain ring 48-32T and installed on Ultgera Di2 group sets to replaced the round 50-34T round chain rings. I did not like the oval chain rings but I LOVED them instead. It's so easy to pedal on hilly and flat rides. There are huge differences than the standard round chain rings. No knee pain and legs are fresh after my hilly ride today. The best bike upgrades on my bike and will order another compact oval rings for my Pinarello. I will never go back to round chain rings. Hands down to absoluteBlack for these technology they created.
#139 48-32 Sub compactRICARDO 2019-04-01 19:42
OMG ! All I can say I was very impress with my first Century, I get carrion on with group A average speed 24.8 on 50 mile and the I stop to refuel they did not stop , So I reach high speed of 32.3 mph very impress cadence higher of 128 , my legs feel good . Good improvement.
#138 5 Bolt Compact Rings for Specialized Crank 50/34Adam 2019-03-11 16:48
I moved from the relatively flat New Jersey shore area to Hunterdon County last year. Back in the old neighborhood a 40 mile ride would typically have 1,000 to 1,600 feet of climbing. In the new neighborhood it's more like 3,000 to 3,500 feet with plenty of 12-16% and long climbs of 3-8%.

My SWORKS Venge was set up with mid-compact 52-36 and DA 11-28. Just not enough gearing for for the big hills.

I switched to absoluteBlack oval chainrings in compact 50-34. The small ring varies in equivalent torque between 32 and 36 depending on the position of the pedals. It works very, very well on the climbs! It saves your legs in the weak part of the stroke and puts the effort into the strong part.

What I like best is that I can sustain higher wattages at higher cadence. On some of the flats I kept looking down at the Garmin thinking, "I can't sustain this..." but I was wrong. For the same heart beat level I was generating 200 to 220 watts versus 160-180 with the old setup.

Very highly recommended.

I also just tried "sub-compact" 46-30 on my Bontrager - but that is a bridge too far. Yes it's great going uphill, but it spins out at 110rpm around 30mph or so. So for my location with my power output compact oval seems to be the way to go.

I have no affiliation with absoluteBlack. I stumbled upon their website and liked the price point and the science behind the product. I would be curious to hear what other people have to say about oval chainrings, as well as cadence and gearing on the hills.
#137 Ovals on Etap / Force CX1 / Eagle XX1Marc 2019-02-10 01:15
Started with my first oval chainring on the MTB, got used to it in the first km’s already. CX/Gravel and Roadbike followed suit. Very convinced, definitely improved my climbing and relieved me from back and knee pain.
#136 PREMIUM OVAL ROAD 110/5 BCD CHAINRING FOR SRAMBrett 2019-01-21 06:14
I ride AB 52/36 (red) ovals on my Specialized Venge. I am sold.

I find the entire pedal stroke much smoother, particularly uphill. I also find I can get out of the saddle for longer periods (I'm a big guy.)

The 36 tooth inner ring works well for me. I'm confident I can get my conditioning right for the 36 over a standard compact 34 and the smaller gap (50/36 vs 50/34) makes for a better shift pattern for me.

There are only two things I'd call for:
- working on the chainring shifting for eTap - it works but it can be a bit temperamental
- produce the big ring in a white option - dirt and grease never shows on the red ring. I'm sure you could achieve the same in white
#135 Sub Compact Oval chainring SetMike 2019-01-15 14:52
Hi Guys,
just wanted to say what a terrific bit of kit these Oval chain sets are. I went for the 46-30 set which bolted straight onto my 105 cranks, and all went back on my bike with no issues. On the road, and on the hills especially, the drive is smooth and quiet. I believe that for a 55yr old rider, this set up has helped with my lack of power, and is smoother on my knees and legs.
Also, in the "champagne" colour they look the "AbsoluteBollocks" !!!!
One of the best add-on bits of kit i have bought. Highly recommended.
#134 RaceFace OVAL boost148Marc 2019-01-10 00:25
I ride a Rocky Mountain Blizzard 50 Fat Bike. The thing is a monster truck! It's really fun to ride but understandably a beast to peddle up hill. After putting aB OVAL on the RaceFace boost148 I immediately noticed a difference in effort level. I don't feel like I'm massing on the peddles when climbing and it feels like the same speed with less effort. A huge thumbs up for absoluteBlack. I just spoiled myself with a new bike and I will again be buying another OVAL from aB!
#133 42t oval cxkeith mcdowell 2018-11-27 19:15
Hi after putting 52/36 on my road bike I wanted to change the rings on my CX bike for the winter my LBS persuaded me to go 1x hence the 42t oval c/r absolutely perfect I,m so enjoying my riding and as on my road bike no sore knees or back at 62 years of age I feel re born.
#132 48/32 Sub compact chain ringsGary 2018-11-15 11:03
As an English cyclist living in the shadow of the Pyrénées, I was more than a little disappointed to find that I had calcification in the arteries in my heart last spring. Some surgery and a little convalescence followed and I was given the all clear to ride again, but ‘doucement’. Not easy in a region where all roads rise and fall.
I purchased a set of your sub compact rings, 48/32. Fitting was simple, adjusting was easy.
In use, they shift as smoothly as I want (I run UltegraDi2). They allow me to continue to ride without undue stress where perhaps I might not be able to otherwise. Thank you!
#131 50/34 Oval for Shimano SoraSteve 2018-09-23 00:42
Yes, it does work on 9 sp!
Knee pain (not debilitating, but annoying) went away. Feel like I don't pedal squares when tired. Front ring shifts seem to go smoother/quicker, as well. Having a 38 tooth 1x installed next week on the CX/Gravel bike (11 sp.). Color me impressed!
#130 Oval chainrings MTB and RaceTheo 2018-09-08 19:41
Last winter I mounted an absolute oval chainring on my MTB bike and the result was great. My legs were less tired after heavy training, hills seemed less steep, speeding up is a party. Assembly was very simple. After the winter period I also provided my Road bike with a cranckset with two oval chainrings. Again the same result, but I could ride a bigger resistance in the mountains with less effort.
Super product, just do not understand why not everyone drives this.
#129 AB Oval Road RingsJoe 2018-09-04 00:00
Love these, just purchased my third set as i wanted a 52/36 as well as my compact sets. They work like a dream and look fantastic . Unlike other brands of ovals AB have designed their chainrings to match/ blend with your existing cranks. Brilliant job guys and thanks! Ooh and customer service has been superb too!
#128 Oval Sub compact 46/30Nathan 2018-08-30 18:20
Changing to oval 46/30T rings made a gnarly steep local climb easier by far. The smoothness of the ovals plus the mechanical advantage of the 30T over my old 36T brought my HR down 5% and got me up the hill faster. Great service and fantastic product.
#127 Oval ChainringAndrew 2018-08-27 12:02
Stan really helped me out to pick the correct chainring. And it works fantastically! I really love it. BUTTERY SMOOTH..... BUTTERY! You gotta try out these oval chainrings. It's not a gimmick, it really works. Stan will help you out too. He is excellent. Thank you Stan!
#126 Oval Boost Cinch Chainring for Race FaceThomas 2018-08-06 22:21
Today out on my ride I made it up a steep climb that I haven't made in quite a few years, back then I was riding a 100mm FS XC bike, today I'm on a 160/140 trail bike and am also about 60 lbs heavier, I tried this climb when I first got the new bike and was only able to make it about 1/3 of the way up, today was the first time since I got the AB Oval that I attempted it, and I was surprised that I was able to make it up the climb, no wheel spin just planted, after today, I will never go back to a round ring again, and I could not recommend Absolute Black Oval Rings Higher.
#125 chainrings for Sram red c/setkeith 2018-06-25 20:20
Absolutely the best.
I have had an ongoing back problem and thought these rings could ease the strain on my lower back. YES they did and they have me back to enjoying my cycling again. No scientific data just pain free enjoyment.
happy days
#124 Premium Oval RoadBill 2018-05-31 05:04
Thought that I'd try them and if I didn't like them I could put the Ultegra rings back on. The Ultegras are now for sale,. Very easy installation and no problems tuning the front Di2 front Derailleur. The Absolute Blacks give a smoother pedal stroke and I can't prove it, but I swear they're faster and climbing is easier.
Great product - Many thanks
#123 SS cog + Oval 34t 104 ringSam 2018-05-21 01:19
20t SS cog on the rear and 34t oval ring on the front of my Trek Single-speed. Service and advice from the absoluteBLACK team have been awesome. Shipping to New Zealand was RAPID.
An awesome combo, great ratio and both being NW should eliminate any chain issues. Variance in chain tension with the oval is minimal and makes no impact, drive train is silent and performed flawlessly on my initial rides. Very happy
#122 ChainringEddie 2018-05-02 04:03
Ok, I admit it. I was one of the people that bitched and said Shimano did this with Biopace and it sucked. However, I road a friend’s bike with one of your chainrings and it was enough to get me to buy one for myself.

I just installed a 36 tooth chainring and it made such a huge difference, and I couldn't tell in the pedal stroke.

I am convinced and impressed.

Well done!
#121 16T and 18T SS CogsOscar 2018-02-27 10:25
Some great service here to go with the great products. I have just purchased 2x SS cogs, online order placed last Friday afternoon, arrived at my door this (Tuesday) morning - less than 2 week days to the other side of the planet. Wow!
As always the presentation/packaging of the products is top shelf.
Coupled with this has been the excellent advice I have been getting from the technical staff regarding cog and chain maintenance.
I am one happy repeat customer.

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