Looking for a very lightweight replacement chainring for your SRAM 1x drivetrain? Absolute Black’s spiderless chainrings are direct mount replacements for 1×10 and 1×11 groups, fitting the stock grooves on the inside of most SRAM cranksets (except XX).
These are the second generation of SRAM-compatible chainrings, which add the narrow/wide tooth profiles introduced on their Shimano 64BCD versions announced last August. Those sold briskly, but founder Marcus says they’re back in stock in 26, 28 and 30 tooth counts. They build in chainline adjustment, which works with the alternating tooth thicknesses to both maximize chain retention and provide smooth pedaling -and backpedaling- even with oversized cassettes or cassette adapters pushing things up to 42t in the back. They also make 32/34/36/38 tooth chainrings that mount to the 104BCD holes.
With all their narrow/wide units shipping, they’ve put their original SRAM rings on sale…
Absolute Black’s original chainring design used taller tooth profiles with very specific shaping to provide chain retention sans narrow/wide profiles. I’ve been running one of those on my 1×10 SRAM set up with Type II clutch derailleur and have had virtually no chain drops – only a couple under extreme conditions or wrecks. It’s worked really well, and now you can nab one for a 20% discount in either 28T or 30T while supplies last. Just select “SRAM Spiderless” from the product menu.