Well, we got back from Asheville, and though there have been a few good training days here in VT, mostly it's been cloudy and (recently) snowy. Oh well. At least there have been a host of new mountain bike bits arriving daily - just in time for the first race of the year next weekend. I'll share some of the awesome stuff I'm getting to use here over the next month or two.
First up is a sweet XX1 style chainring from Wolf Tooth Components in Minnesota. It looks to be solidly built, with the alternating tooth pattern seen on XX1. It's compatible with all 104 BCD cranksets, so it's a great option for those folks not willing or able to shell out the cash for an XX1 crankset, but still who want to run a 1x10/11 set up without a chainguide. It also comes in tooth counts from 30t on up, and all Wolf Tooth Chainrings are made right here in the US. It's definitely going to save a bunch of weight on my Pivot Les by allowing me to remove the front shifter, derailleur/chainguide etc.
Though this photo is a little blurry, you can see the differences in the teeth. Turns out this design is nearly 20 years old, so there's no patent infringement to worry about from what I've heard.
I can't wait to put this ring through it's paces soon. Check back here and on MTBRacenews.com for a fell review in a couple of months.
For more information on Wolf Tooth Components check out http://wolftoothcomponents.com/