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Absolute Black SRAM Oval Direct Mount Traction Chainring

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Item # ABC0003

Go direct.

Round chainrings are standard because, well, they're standard, but they don't actually match the changing power output of your legs through a pedal stroke. Absolute Black's SRAM Oval Direct Mount Traction Chainring's oblong shape makes pedaling easier in hard spots and steadier in easy spots, so you can keep a constant and smooth cadence without having to deal with dead up-strokes and leg-crushing down-strokes. This makes it easier to nail down the highly efficient circular pedaling motion that's we're all after, and improves traction by eliminating the wheel slip that happens during hard down-strokes on loose terrain.

If you're going to make a killer chainring, you might as well pull out all the stops, so Absolute Black also machined this aluminum-alloy beauty with a narrow-wide tooth profile and 3D design that improves chain retention, sheds mud, and reduces wear and noise. It also engineered the Oval to mount directly to almost all SRAM cranksets, so you can eliminate the extra weight of a spider, which will be a boon to your quads when you're hammering up steep dirt and across fast sections of rolling singletrack.

Run the 0mm offset models with a short spindle BB30 cranks and the 6mm offset with the standard BB30 spindle. The easiest way to identify which spindle you have is by checking the width of the spacer between the chainring and the bottom bracket shell. the short spindle has a 9mm spacer while the long or standard spindle has a 15mm spacer.

Tech Specs

CNC-machined 7075 anodized aluminum
26 t, 28 t, 30 t, 32 t, 34 t
Compatible Components:
SRAM XX1, SRAM X01, SRAM X1-1400, SRAM GX-1400, SRAM X0, SRAM X9, SRAM X7, SRAM S2210, SRAM S-1400, Truvativ AKA GXP
Claimed Weight:
[32t] 60 g
Recommended Use:
mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty:

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Avg. ride time: 2h 5m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Once you go oval...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the oval. I was skeptical at first, but now I'm running oval on the hardtail and full squish. The direct mount is so clean and easy. 0 dropped chains, 0 shifting issues, just pedaling efficiency and mountains of PRs. I find myself able to keep my speed up better while climbing without burning myself out, and I feel just as fast, or faster on the way down. 1x drive chains just got even better.

This is not your Grandma's Biopace

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After deciding to drop a couple of teeth on my SRAM 1x11 I thought why not try the new oval chainrings so I ordered a 28t . I was impressed the minute I received it, well designed and easy to install. My first few minutes riding it felt different but not bad.
Just got back from a week of riding at Lake Tahoe and I noticed that my pedal stoke feels more positive and since I like to spin I was able to maintain a higher cadence with less effort. It actually feels better than the standard round ring on my Camber 650b.
Definitely 5 stars.

Bridges the Gap

    I held on to my 2x10 drivetrain for a long time, mostly because I was afraid of losing my climbing gears. I tend to spin up climbs rather than hammer up them.

    When I finally decided to move to 1x11 I knew that an oval ring would be the answer to my concerns. The Oval Direct Mount Traction Chainring bridged the gap between 2x and 1x for me. I have a virtual climbing gear when I need it while still being able to enjoy all the advantages of going 1x. Not to mention the chainring is a virtual work of art.

    Avg. ride time: 1h 30m per week
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    Better than Expected

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Added chainring to 1x10 set up, SRAM X0, Highball 29er.
    Pros :
    Traction is improved.
    Climbing seems easier, and I seem to produce more ummmphff when climbing.
    Pedal stroke is noticably smoother.
    Set a couple of PRs climbing the second time out.

    And...I want a other one for the double squishy 5010!