When it rains, it pours, it seems, every time one brand introduces new single chainrings, a competitor slips one out within days. This time, Absoluteblack’s 94BCD oval narrow-wide chainring comes hot on the heels of OneUp’s complete collection. But, AB’s founder Marcin is quick to point out some of the differences that separate his oval rings from others. But first, let’s have a taco.
Their new Taco Bash Guard fits on standard ISCG05 mounts and uses a special polymer with glass fibers for the bash plate. They say this makes it stronger than the typical plastics used on other bash guards, helping it hold up to small and medium hits, but still letting it breakaway on major impacts to save the frame. Replacement guards will also be available separately. The metal mounting plate is 7075-T6 and will be anodized in a darker gunmetal gray than what’s shown here for production versions.
It’s sized to protect a 34-tooth round chainring, or a 32-tooth oval one. Retail will be €59.99 / £43.99 / $67 when it goes on sale in a couple weeks.
Now, about that oval…