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  1. Henry woodward
    August 14, 2013 @ 7:11 AM

    Do you offer a 22t chainring for an XTR 3×10 set up New XTR m 980 something like that not sure what the BCD is on the small ring
    I want to go from a 24t to a 22……the climbing here in Colorado gets tougher every year 🙂

    Similarly on a Sram XO 2×10 (39×26) i would like to go from a 26t to a 24t on the small ring again ….I want to drop 2 teeth for climbing

    So I want a 22t for a XTR M980 (?) 981(?)
    and a 24t for a XO 2×10 set up
    henry woodward
    centennial co


    • admin
      August 14, 2013 @ 9:35 AM

      I think we can hook you up in at least the one case! Gotta love the Colorado Climbing.

      First, we offer a triple 44/33/22 set that is perfect for the steep climbs and the fast descents — with more range than the XTR. Mounts on standard 104/64BCD mountain triple crank. Make sure to order the small ring spacers for the M980. https://wickwerks.com/products/mountain-triple-443322/

      Second, we offer a 38/24 set as 2×10 also for a 104/64BCD mountain triple crank. — The issue here, if you’re mounting it on a 12/80 BCD crank (like the Sram XO 2×10), the 26 is about as small as you can go. https://wickwerks.com/products/mountain-bike-3824/

      Have a wonderful day,


    • dan
      April 18, 2014 @ 10:20 PM

      i also would like to see a 22t chainring for xtr 980 triple, but either to work with the std xtr 32t and 42t or a complete set with a 22t,30t,40t setup …thx


  2. Velociraptor
    October 22, 2013 @ 1:55 AM

    Do you plan on making 33-tooth BCD 110 mm, 5 bolt chainring for compact cranks? I think there are two companies that make them.

    Is a 32-tooth BCD 110 mm chainring possible?


    • WickWerks
      October 22, 2013 @ 9:59 AM

      A 33t might be a good idea, though marginal with respect to the mounting. No plans at this moment.
      Yes, the 32 is too small for the 110 BCD.
      Have a wonderful day.


  3. Markus
    January 3, 2014 @ 2:36 AM

    Happy new year!
    Maybe I haven’t searched intently enought, but I did’t find a Wholesaler/dealer for Germany. Can you please tell me, where to get your chainrings in Germany? Or do you sale also to Germany directly?

    Another question: Why don’t you built a set with 44/36 tooth, when this is one of the most asked questions?

    Since I am racing on low amateur level, I mostly happy with a 34t ring on a 11-28 Cassette, but sometimes I need a higher gear (and you know that the small sprockets are allways more muddy), so I need to shift in the front. Currently I have a 46, which not optimal due to the big step. But 46/36 is also not the solution, because the step is also to high for amateurs. So I asume, like many others that 44/36 would be the best, even when your product do the shifting process within a blink…

    Best regards,


    • WickWerks
      January 3, 2014 @ 5:07 AM

      Markus, good questions. Yes, we ship directly all over the world – Germany included. Looks like we will have some stocking retailers in Europe soon, so stay tuned.
      The Questions of ratios are always appreciated. Time and resources are limits to offering every possibility. More ratios are coming. Also coming are rings specific to Campy cranks and the new Shimano 4 bolt. It’s an exciting time at WickWerks!


      • Markus
        January 3, 2014 @ 5:12 AM

        Thank you for your fast reply!
        I need to be patient for my new bike, so I will check out where you are in Summer!


  4. Neal
    March 17, 2014 @ 2:17 PM

    Maybe this is a dumb question. Would there be any problem with using the mountain triple with an 8-speed rear cassette? I see a lot about 9 and 10 speeds but no mention of 8.


    • WickWerks
      March 18, 2014 @ 7:36 AM

      Actually a good question. Yes, the rings will work with the small caveat that you’ll need to fine tune the front derailleur settings and they may make some noise when in the extremes (small ring, small cog). Enjoy the ride!


  5. The Dude
    April 21, 2014 @ 9:39 PM

    Any chance of a compact triple set such as 50x39x30t?


    • WickWerks
      April 22, 2014 @ 11:56 AM

      Thanks for the suggestion. No, that is not on the schedule. We, of course, have the 53/39/30 set for a standard (130 BCD) road triple crank.


      • Chris
        May 16, 2016 @ 9:37 PM

        It does seem that the 53/39/30 is discontinued? Or perhaps just outta stock? I saw this the other day and bookmarked it, and now can’t find it.


        • WickWerks
          May 17, 2016 @ 5:49 PM

          Thanks for the note. The Road Triple, 53/39/30, is out of stock. We don’t get much demand for them, so we’re trying to decide if we should make more. It’s a stellar product for those folks that use a triple — especially tandem’s and other multi-rider bikes. The problem is we must make minimum order quantity, and we don’t want to sit on a big bunch of rings if demand is not there. Sorry.


  6. Larry Coates
    April 22, 2014 @ 12:01 AM

    Will the mountain 33/22 combo work on a shimano xt fc-m785?


    • WickWerks
      April 22, 2014 @ 11:53 AM

      Yes, that crank uses the 104/64 BCD four-arm chainrings. That fits the 33/22 you mention as well as the 38/24 and 36/22 WickWerks chainring sets. Enjoy!


  7. Jeff
    May 7, 2014 @ 3:15 PM

    Will 53/39 130BCD road rings fit on a FSA SLK Light Quarq? The quark accepts FSA Pro Road and Super Road chaingrings, but does not mention Wickwerks anywhere that I can find.


    • WickWerks
      May 7, 2014 @ 9:44 PM

      The 53/39 road rings will fit all the standard 130 BCD 5-bolt cranks. (They do NOT fit special bolt circle cranks such as Campy and SRAM Red.) Yes, we have many running on Quark powermeters, and Quark has samples of our rings for testing and calibration. I don’t know why it is not listed on their site.


  8. Brian
    July 14, 2014 @ 4:27 AM

    I am designing a drivetrain around your rings. Which number of speeds,. 9, 10. or 11, will yeild the best shifting performance from your rings?


    • WickWerks
      July 15, 2014 @ 6:58 AM

      Thanks for the note. For road and cyclocross, I would go 11 speed if that’s practical at this point because that’s where the industry is. For Mountain, 10 speed because that’s the current standard. Our rings are great shifting for both of the above. Shift fast! Shift like you mean it! And you’ll be rewarded with awesome performance. Have a wonderful day.


  9. Brian A.
    July 24, 2014 @ 10:08 PM

    Wanted: 52/36 compact 110 BCD for SRAM Exogram “hidden” 5 bolt pattern

    It doesn’t seem like you offer this yet, but offer other smaller rings for this crankarm set up. Is this in the works?


    • WickWerks
      July 25, 2014 @ 2:01 PM

      Thank you for the suggestion – that would be a great one. You’re right, we don’t offer it … yet.


  10. Vitaly
    February 24, 2015 @ 2:24 PM

    Guys, could you please suggest what chainrings are suitable for FSA SLK?


    • admin
      February 26, 2015 @ 9:00 AM

      FSA has many cranks labeled SL-K, so it depends on which one. WickWerks make rings for the 4 bolt MTB (104 & 104/64 BCD) and the 5 bolt road (110 & 130 BCD), but not for the 4 arm road or the 3 arm versions. Send a photo and we’ll be happy to help.


  11. Dave
    March 19, 2015 @ 1:15 AM

    Hi, I just purchased the 42-28 mountain set to replace my 39-26 setup. I forgot to ask this before I made my purchase. Someone suggested that I make sure that the new larger ring wouldn’t be so big as to interfere with my chain-stay. From what I can tell it would have to be close to 1.5″ larger in OD to cause any problems. My current 39t ring measures about 6.5″ OD from tooth to tooth. Do you see any compatibility issues?

    Thank You


    • admin
      March 20, 2015 @ 4:52 PM

      Thanks for being our customer! The 42 is only about 6 mm larger diameter than a 39, so it should work fine based on the dimension you give. Enjoy the rings!


  12. Dave
    March 19, 2015 @ 1:26 AM

    To add to above…the 42t chain ring would actually have to extend at ONE POINT about 1.5″ to hit my chain stay. In order for that to happen, the difference in overall OD would have to be much larger. True? I’m guessing it shouldn’t be a problem. Also true? Thanks!


  13. simonh04
    February 26, 2016 @ 6:14 AM

    I’m reading the article discussing single, double and triple chainrings, very interesting.
    I’d like to know more in terms of converting the graph information to alternative wheel sizes, both 24 and 27.5″.
    Can you provide the formulas please or is the info available already via a link?
    It’s all in preparation for buying myself a new ‘toy’.
    Many thanks in anticipation.


    • admin
      February 29, 2016 @ 9:11 AM

      Thanks for the question. Without going into huge detail, almost everything with gearing is relative to the wheel size — in other words, to take info given for 29″ wheels, and translate it to 26″ wheels, just divide by 29 and multiply by 26 (or in some cases vise versa). That’s a little over simplified, but if you want to be more precise, use the number on the specific tire of interest — usually with the tire size molded onto the sidewall like 622 or 559. Enjoy.


      • simonh04
        March 3, 2016 @ 11:24 AM

        Thank you for getting back to me, I will give that a whirl over the weekend.
        Much appreciated.


  14. Cliff
    April 6, 2016 @ 6:38 PM

    Hello, Are there any plans to have a 42/28 or 40/26 combo for 104/64 BCD? I have a Triple Shimano M522 and want to convert it to 2×10 with either 42/28 or 40/26. T.I.A.


    • admin
      April 6, 2016 @ 7:08 PM

      We have discussed a 40/26 on 104 BCD many times. The investment is pretty high because we have minimum order quantities to meet, and we are not sure how much draw there will be in the market. We will chalk this up as a strong vote in favor of it. Thanks for writing!


  15. Jay Morali
    July 27, 2016 @ 3:52 AM

    Question around chainrings size and shifting…cyclocross is coming and I am looking to upgrade to some Wickwerks but I want to continue with a 42/36 I have been running. I put this together from 2 different chainring manufacturers but my shifting was never really smooth or crisp. I noticed that Wickwerks offers cx specific sets but there is a minimum 8 tooth difference between the big and small rings (42/34, 46/38). In your opinion, do you believe the 6 tooth difference that I am running is too small thus making my shifting less than optimal? Will this combo work if I buy Wickwerks rings?


    • WickWerks
      July 27, 2016 @ 6:29 AM

      Good question, and it is addressed mostly here: https://wickwerks.com/our-most-asked-question/

      To get the smooth and crisp shifting you desire, the teeth of the inner ring and teeth of the outer ring must orient correct with respect to each other. When mixing chainrings from different manufacturers, you can often get better (or worse) shifting simply by moving the inner ring by one bolt hole — in other words, take it off, rotate it one bolt hole, and put it back on. The reason for the alignment marks is not because they need to align with the crank arm, but because they need to be oriented properly with respect to each other.

      With WickWerks chainrings, there is another reason too. The shift ramps that make super fast and stable shifts are designed for a specific size inner ring. If you use a different size small ring, you won’t get the amazing shifting WickWerks is famous for. That’s why we don’t recommend mixing sets or sizes.

      There was a trend to have close ratios in the front. Usually with the small steps (4 teeth or 6 teeth) which makes the shift pretty good even if things don’t align properly. As steps become bigger, shifting gets worse. That is NOT true of WickWerks shift technology. When the Front Derailleur is adjusted correctly, WickWerks rings shift amazing even with huge steps — like 19+ teeth — which Shimano engineers told me could never happen well — but we do it with our road 53/34. We’ve been told they shift better than anything Shimano has made.

      So, going back to your question, if 42 is your ideal big ring size, we recommend the 42/34 set. You may not use the lowest gears with the 34, but you’ll have much better shifting up front than you’re used to.

      P.S. This is the ring set that Katie Compton used a couple years back to win all those World Cup races (and the title!). She told me that while she was Shimano sponsored having to use the Shimano rings was a big problem. She’s back on WickWerks this year — riding the 42/34 again!


  16. Troy
    October 24, 2016 @ 11:08 PM

    Hi there, I am interested in the Chainring Bolt Set – SRAM MTN 2×10 & was wondering what is the length & width of these bolts set? https://wickwerks.com/products/2×10-chainring-bolts/ thanks.


    • admin
      October 26, 2016 @ 4:30 PM

      These bolts are for the SRAM 2×10, Race-Face and WICKWERKS 120/80 BCD chainrings, the 42/28 and 40/26 sets. Our bolts are longer for a more secure mounting, the large diameter bolts are 7.75mm long, the small diameter bolts are 9.00mm long.


  17. Mark
    March 1, 2017 @ 2:25 PM

    I want to run 42-34 on Ultegra 6800 cranks on a Trek Domane SLR 6.0 Disc. I’ve read that Katie Compton used a different (Microshift) derailleur with her set up on a Boone because the FD clipped the chain stay. Do you, or anyone reading this, have any experience with using an Ultegra 6800 FD on my model Domane? I’d rather not add the cost of a new FD to the change.



    • admin
      March 1, 2017 @ 3:38 PM

      Hi Mark,

      I don’t have experience with your exact bike. A lot depends on the frame size and ring combination, with the 42/34 you hopefully will be able to clear the chain stay, with the 41/33 it would be less likely.
      The FD you might need is at this link below, it’s $49.00. The cage is shorter and very stiff, it’s a good quality FD.


      Shipping to Australia is pretty fast, it takes less than a week.
      Best Regards,


  18. Sam
    November 5, 2017 @ 10:22 PM


    Fit Link _ Braze-On Adapter Is [DI2 FD Adapter] compatible or usable with sram e-tap?


    • admin
      November 7, 2017 @ 5:48 PM

      No it is not compatible with e-tap.


  19. Doris Pepple
    April 6, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

    Spot on with this write-up, I really think this web site needs far more consideration. I’ll most likely be again to read way more, thanks for that info.


  20. Jamie Wakefield
    August 26, 2018 @ 4:33 PM

    I’m running Ultegra 11-34 on a Trek Emonda. Has anyone matched your 53/34 with such a setup? Lots of BIG hills here in Colorado.

    YES, I’m running the new Ultegra 11-34 cassette on my Cannondale Synapse with the 53/34, it really works great! Utah has big hills like Colorado and this combination is excellent.


  21. KAZ
    October 18, 2019 @ 7:39 AM

    ‘Mountain Single – 36t Z-Rings’ are compatible with XTR FC-M970 triple? If I need any spacer, do you offer it? I want to avoid changing to a new crank, you know.


    • Chris
      October 20, 2019 @ 6:49 PM

      Our Mountain 36t Z-Ring is for a 104 mm BCD, 4-Bolt Mountain Crank, it fits the XTR M970 and M980. The only time a spacer would be needed is if you were going to use our mountain triple, the spacers would go with the small 22t ring. The 36t Z-Ring will bolt right up to your XTR M-970 triple crank without a spacer.


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