VeloSolo is expanding its range of own brand parts with a range of chainrings. Not any old bits, though – these chainrings are anodized in a range of bright colours, and are made in the UK by a leading manufacturer of motorcycle sprockets out of 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum. It means that, alongside its recently announced range of sprockets, the company now offers a co-ordinated, wholly British-made drivetrain.
Although the chainrings come in umpteen variations of BCD and for 3/32″ and 1/8″ chain widthes, they’re for singlespeeds only – of the MTB and track bike varieties. Mountain bike rings come with a large logo, whereas the road versions are also available in a cut-out style reminiscent of classic Campag designs. VeloSolo says they’re strong (at 4.0mm, 0.5mm thicker than industry standard) and very round – a common problem with fixed or SS set-ups is that poorly manufactured chainrings are slightly ovalised, leading to differences in chain tension depending on pedal position.
Colored chainrings are a matter of personal taste – they’re not my bag – but these look quality (the blurb uses impressive words like ‘chamfered’ and ‘hobbed’), and well-thought out for a range of different riding uses. Polished versions will be available soon.