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Absolute BlackSRAM Oval Direct Mount Traction Chainring

$67.99 - $83.99

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  • Red/6mm Offset, 26t ($83.99)
  • Red/6mm Offset, 30t ($83.99)
  • Red/6mm Offset, 32t ($83.99)
  • Red/6mm Offset, 34t ($83.99)
  • Black/6mm Offset, 26t ($83.99)
  • Black/6mm Offset, 28t ($83.99)
  • Black/6mm Offset, 30t ($83.99)
  • Black/6mm Offset, 32t ($83.99)
  • Black/6mm Offset, 34t ($83.99)
  • Green/6mm Offset, 26t ($83.99)
  • Green/6mm Offset, 28t ($83.99)
  • Green/6mm Offset, 30t ($83.99)
  • Green/6mm Offset, 32t ($83.99)
  • Green/6mm Offset, 34t ($67.99)
  • Black/0mm Offset, 30t ($78.99)
  • Black/0mm Offset, 32t ($78.99)
  • Black/0mm Offset, 34t ($78.99)
  • Gold/6mm Offset, 26t ($83.99)
  • Gold/6mm Offset, 28t ($83.99)
  • Gold/6mm Offset, 32t ($83.99)
  • Gold/6mm Offset, 34t ($83.99)
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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 SpecsWeight
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
Recommended Use
mountain bike
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Actual Weight

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Red/6mm Offset, 26t
Red/6mm Offset, 30t
Red/6mm Offset, 32t
Red/6mm Offset, 34t
Black/6mm Offset, 26t
Black/6mm Offset, 28t
Black/6mm Offset, 30t
Black/6mm Offset, 32t
Black/6mm Offset, 34t
Green/6mm Offset, 26t
Green/6mm Offset, 28t
Green/6mm Offset, 30t
Green/6mm Offset, 32t
Green/6mm Offset, 34t
Black/0mm Offset, 30t
Black/0mm Offset, 32t
Black/0mm Offset, 34t
Gold/6mm Offset, 26t
Gold/6mm Offset, 28t
Gold/6mm Offset, 32t
Gold/6mm Offset, 34t

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[32t] 60 g

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It's like riding an e-bike

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Honestly bought these because I was looking for an 'engagement ring' alternative to buying a diamond. She loved it and as a bonus we both ride absolute black ovals on our Specialized epics & holy *)$% I didn't expect it to make a difference, but it's like riding an e-bike.

Legs don't have any focal LA buildup on hard steep climbs, instead the whole leg gets fatigued evenly. Have crushed a lot of PR's on strava from swapping these out. My knees don't hurt or get sore after long hard rides, I"m faster and my bike has 'bling.' can't recommend these enough

Easier uphill

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the 28t oval to gear down my Santa Cruz Tallboy mountain bike from 32t round. This oval chainring makes it easier to go up steep hills and around switchbacks because it pedals through the dead space at top of stroke easily and puts the power in mid stroke where it does the most good. The only downside is when I am pedaling easy on flats, there can be a kind of ‘skip’ as it goes through the easy part. The solution in to shift to a higher gear or pedal harder to keep tension on the chain.

I'm Hooked

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Swapping over to the 1X took me a minute and was skeptical that I would be losing gears. Hearing the buzz out and about coming from some trusted riders decided to look it and pick out a ring. The quality is there, look and feel are dialed. I can feel a considerable difference in my strokes and the feeling of using my energy more efficiently. Don't think about it, I'm hooked!

Smooth it out

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my 2nd year on an oval ring and I am hooked. There is a noticeable difference the first ride, then your body adapts and is more efficient climbing. I've found my pedal stroke feels much smoother and consistent and in turn helps me save energy.

Love it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This chainring is great. The oval is a noticeable difference and took me a couple of rides to get used to. But whether you are on flats or clipless it makes for a pedal stroke that feels more consistent and equally powerful all the way around. If you are making some upgrades to your drivetrain you should add this to your list! I'll be sticking with the oval from here out.

Very Pleased

    This is my second oval ring from absolute black. I am really stoked on how it performs in technical areas. I would highly recommend trying one. I will say it took a few rides to get used to the feel as it is a slightly different stroke to feel a totally normal cadence. And this only seems to be the case on flat-ish riding where I am about to max out whatever gear I am in from a cadence perspective. I am very pleased with this while I climb.

    Will SRAM Oval Direct Mount Traction Chainring work with Sram 11 speed chain

    Yes! They will work together perfectly. I do strongly suggest you use a higher end SRAM chain as they are more durable.

    Is this chainring compatible with the SRAM Eagle drivetrains?

    Hey Cory,

    Thanks for the question!

    Yes, you can use this chain ring with Eagle drivetrain, however in order to achieve the optimal chain retention you will want to use the SRAM X-SYNC 2 EAGLE 12-SPEED DIRECT MOUNT CHAINRING. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me directly.

    Hey Cory.

    Yes, this chainring will work with SRAM Eagle. Make sure you use a new 12 speed chain when adding the new chainring to an existing drivetrain and be sure to check the rest of the drivetrain for wear as well.

    Tony from absoluteBLACK

    Was a skeptic, now a believer!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Oval chainrings really do work and this is one of the highest quality options out there. Really helps smooth out the climbs!

    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.

      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!