Sea Otter 2013 Race Face

Race Face showed some exciting new products at the Sea Otter Classic. Chief among these were their new “Narrow Wide” single ring chainrings that follow in the footsteps of Sram’s XX1 group. The new Canadian made rings boast the ability to be used without a chainguide of any kind when used with a clutch equipped rear derailleur. Best of all, they are made to fit 104mm BCD cranksets! The rings are 9,10 and 11-speed compatible as well so you can get a lightweight single ring setup at an affordable price regardless of your current drivetrain setup.

The 32, 34, 36 and 38 tooth sizes should be available by the end of the month. If you aren’t ready to push the bigger gear necessitated by a single ring setup, or if you have a 29er and need lower gearing to work with the bigger wheels, they have a 104mm BCD compatible 30-tooth option that should be available this summer.

Race Face XX1 chainring colors

The Narrow-Wide rings are available in a rainbow of colors in even tooth increments from 30-38.

Race Face XX1 chainring chain engagement

The new Narrow-Wide rings accomplish chain retention by using wider teeth to engage with the wide links of the chain and narrow teeth to engage with the narrow links in the chain.